The Seattle school board is asking the question: Where should technology fit into the education of K-12 students?

On May 3, 2017, Richard Best, Director of Capital Projects and Planning, and John Krull, Chief Information Officer, stood in front of the Seattle School Board with a proposal for $1.6M to purchase laptops to be distributed to seven schools. … Continue reading The Seattle school board is asking the question: Where should technology fit into the education of K-12 students?

A Day Without Women action shows the importance of women in public schools

    Women have always been a valuable and integral part of the economy, and women’s paid work is becoming increasingly important to family well-being. In 2015, 42 percent of mothers in the United States were breadwinners, and an additional … Continue reading A Day Without Women action shows the importance of women in public schools

The Attack on Teachers Goes to College

Originally published on The Progressive website. The Attack on Teachers Goes to College The dramatic lockout of faculty at Long Island University in Brooklyn this fall brought home the reality that what is happening in higher education is closely related … Continue reading The Attack on Teachers Goes to College

#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: Hundreds of professors across the country support Seattle educators in their day of action

Originally posted at I Am an Educator. Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: Hundreds of professors across the country support Seattle educators in their day of action Over 200 scholars and professors nationwide sign statement in support of the Seattle teachers’ October 19,, 2016 … Continue reading #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: Hundreds of professors across the country support Seattle educators in their day of action

Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

On October 17 of this year, Jesse, Wayne and I spoke on a panel at the annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference sponsored by Rethinking Schools about the testing opt out movement, the recent Seattle teachers’ strike and the Washington State … Continue reading Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why

The self-designation of “reformer” by people who have never been in the classroom and have no actual training or experience in education is a smokescreen. What they are really after is profitability for their investor-owned charter school corporations that will deliver as little education for … Continue reading We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why

Seattle Opt Out meeting on Tuesday, February 10 with Garfield teacher to speak about the New York Performance Standards Consortium

  Seattle Opt Out Meeting  Tuesday, February 10, at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM In the Meeting Room of the Beacon Hill Library 2821 Beacon Ave. South Seattle, 98144 “If the [opt out] movement only rolls back the tests without winning better alternatives, proponents of testing will use the vacuum to reassert the primacy of standardized exams…the movement must be ready with well developed options.”  Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest.     Garfield High School teacher Rachel Eells will talk about the New York Performance Standards Consortium. Ms.Eells will share what the Garfield teachers have been learning through their collaboration … Continue reading Seattle Opt Out meeting on Tuesday, February 10 with Garfield teacher to speak about the New York Performance Standards Consortium

The Opt Out Update with a Parent “Get Tough Guide”

Excerpt from the Chicago Teachers Union position paper:  Debunking the Myths of Standardized Testing. Corporate reform groups such as Advance Illinois and Stand for Children claim teachers are the main factor in  student  academic achievement. Recent research shows otherwise: as much  as  90%  of variation in  student  growth  is explained  by factors outside the control of teachers. Children who do not  have  access  to  health  care,  who  are  hungry, who  are exhausted  from  nighttime  symptoms  of asthma,  who  are  fearful  of  violence  in  their communities,  who  do  not  have  books  or  access  to other  informal  learning  at  home,  whose  parents have  limited  education,  whose  families  are  constantly  stressed  by economic  problems,  and who  do  not  go  to  libraries  and  museums  in  their free time are at an academic disadvantage.   These factors are highly related not only to testing outcomes, academic achievement, future education and  socioeconomic  success,  but  also  to  the  racial, ethnic  and  class  origins  of individuals. The inequitable  history  of  American  society,  politics, institutions  … Continue reading The Opt Out Update with a Parent “Get Tough Guide”

The Spring of Resistance: More learning, less testing #ResistTheTest

I and others around the country came together last summer to discuss the over testing of our students. We knew that there are parents, students and teachers coming together around the country in large cities and small townships, resisting the high stakes testing, demanding more class time with teachers instead and opting out of testing altogether. We decided to draw upon our resources and create a website that will provide  information on events, workshops and actions that are happening around the country in respect to testing, the Common Core Standards that are pressuring school districts to increase the amount of … Continue reading The Spring of Resistance: More learning, less testing #ResistTheTest