Wayne Au, PhD: How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

Dr. Wayne Au is an Associate Professor of Education at the School of Educational Studies at University of Washington, Bothell, and an editor for Rethinking Schools, a magazine focused on issues of educational justice. He is a product of Seattle Public Schools (Garfield Class of ’90), and he earned his BA and MIT from The Evergreen State College. He also taught in Seattle Public Schools (including teaching at a program for drop outs) and in the Berkeley Unified School District before getting his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Education Policy Studies, from the University of Wisconsin, … Continue reading Wayne Au, PhD: How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

Obama’s call to reduce testing to 2% of the school year still requires students to take standardized tests for an outlandish twenty-four hours.  And it isn’t even all the time directly spent taking the tests that’s the biggest problem. The … Continue reading Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

For families in Southeast Seattle: Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”, What are the impacts on our region’s diverse schools and students?

Join a discussion with southeast Seattle families and teachers. Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”  What are the impacts on our region’s diverse schools and students? Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-7:30 pm Hillman City Collaboratory 5623 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA Seattle 98118 … Continue reading For families in Southeast Seattle: Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”, What are the impacts on our region’s diverse schools and students?

“More Than a Score” book reading and signing at Elliott Bay Books

  The most incredible book about education reform, high stakes testing and the push-back by teachers, parents and students will be available in stores on December 2nd. The Title of the book is More Than a Score: The New Uprising … Continue reading “More Than a Score” book reading and signing at Elliott Bay Books

Private viewing of “Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education”

I will be showing the movie STANDARDIZED: Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education in my home on Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00 PM. There will be plenty of time for discussion after the movie. Please RSVP to seattled@icloud.com. Beverages will be provided. Potluck on the snacks. Here is the trailer: Dora Continue reading Private viewing of “Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education”

“Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing

On TV, we have Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan and “Waiting for ‘Superman’” talking about failing schools, low standards, and China, but rarely do they ever talk about students. Who is going to tell the story of public education? Is it going to be the corporate-education reformers who haven’t spent a day teaching, or is it going to be the students, teachers, and parents who live the realities of these policies every day in the classroom? LISTEN is a documentary, created by a student, that attempts to tell those stories from the perspective of people most directly affected by … Continue reading “Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing

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