Seattle Event: Closing the Opportunity Gap Detracking and De-Testing. An evening with Carol Burris and Wayne Au

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Garfield High School Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center 400 23rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98122   This event is supported by the Garfield High School PTSA, Seattle Equality Educators (SEE), the … Continue reading Seattle Event: Closing the Opportunity Gap Detracking and De-Testing. An evening with Carol Burris and Wayne Au

What the Washington State Supreme Court Decision on Charter Schools Achieved

Originally posted on The Progressive: The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on September 4, 2015 that charter schools are not “common schools” and therefore cannot be funded by common school funds. The judges based their decision on the issue of public … Continue reading What the Washington State Supreme Court Decision on Charter Schools Achieved

Parents Across America Online Panel: How Washington State Activists Nixed Charter Schools

How Washington State activists nixed charter schools Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 5 pm EDT, 2 pm PDT Join us on Sunday, October 25th, to talk about the Washington State Supreme Court ruling declaring charter schools  unconstitutional! Hear from PAA President … Continue reading Parents Across America Online Panel: How Washington State Activists Nixed Charter Schools

A video: Wayne Au, PhD on High Stakes Testing, Unequal by Design

Dr. Wayne Au presenting his keynote for the Freedom To Learn event in Newcastle, UK. About Wayne Au, Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Bothell: Academic Interests Dr. Au’s academic interests broadly encompass critical education theory and teaching for … Continue reading A video: Wayne Au, PhD on High Stakes Testing, Unequal by Design

Join us at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference (NWTSJ)

Educators, students and parents are invited to attend the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference October 17, 2015 “We Still Need to Trouble the Water: Race, Revolution and the Struggle for Quality Education” 8AM to 4:30PM Chief Sealth High School, … Continue reading Join us at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference (NWTSJ)

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?

Seattle pushes back on Common Core Standards and high-stakes testing

The Battle for Seattle continues. Please submit this resolution, modified for your district, for adoption at the March 9th Democratic district caucuses, specifically the legislative district chair. The deadline for submissions is this Wednesday. The more districts that pass a resolution against Common Core Standards, the more likely it will pass at the county and, ultimately, the state levels. RESOLUTION CONCERNING RACE TO THE TOP AND COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS EDUCATION “REFORMS” WHEREAS the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and the Council of … Continue reading Seattle pushes back on Common Core Standards and high-stakes testing

Panel on student testing at Town Hall in Seattle

On Tuesday September 17th at 7:30 PM there will be a panel discussion on standardized testing at Town Hall in Seattle titled To Test or Not to Test? The panelists will include our very own Wayne Au, PhD who is an Associate Professor at UW Bothell. Dr. Au’s research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education. One of the courses that Wayne Au teaches is Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Secondary Social Studies and History. He is also an Editorial Board Member for Rethinking Schools and has written many articles on the subject … Continue reading Panel on student testing at Town Hall in Seattle

Wayne Au on His Alma Mater Garfield High School

This article has been reposted in full with permission by the author. Proud to be a Garfield Bulldog The growing support for Garfield teachers’ resistance to the MAP test is a testament to just how much the collective action of teachers at one school means to the rest of the world. On the afternoon of Thursday, January 10th, a group of about 15 teachers stood together in the front of room 206 at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. News cameras and audio recorders from local media outlets crowded the podium as reporters, students, colleagues, and supporters listened closely. The teachers … Continue reading Wayne Au on His Alma Mater Garfield High School

Teaching Equity Conference featuring Wayne Au

Highline Community College April 28th, 2012 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM With Keynote Speaker Wayne Au, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies Education at the University of Washington, Bothell Co-Editor, Rethinking Schools Author: Unequal by Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (Routledge, 2009). TOPIC: Why Hip-hop? Dilemmas in Bridging Youth Culture and the Classroom. This education conference is for future teachers: pre-service teachers looking to increase their understanding of how to effectively work in today’s diverse classrooms AND people of color interested in finding out if careers in education are for them.  Both groups will participate in … Continue reading Teaching Equity Conference featuring Wayne Au

Occupy Education Seattle and the “Throw Down” with the Gates Foundation on March 1st

“Why should Bill Gates views matter to me as a public school parent? I actually have a B.S. in education. Does he have the qualifications to speak for me? I say no.” The following is an excerpt from an article written by Jesse Hagopian, founding member of Social Equity Educators(SEE) and contributing author of an upcoming book titled Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation. (Go Jesse!) From ‘Occupy Education’ Debates the Gates Foundation originally posted in Common Dreams: “Gates Foundation you will fail / Education is not for sale!” The chants of some 150 teachers, students, parents and Occupy … Continue reading Occupy Education Seattle and the “Throw Down” with the Gates Foundation on March 1st

Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress

An Op-Ed by Guest Contributor Jesse Hagopian: There is a lot of talk in well-financed education reform circles about “closing the achievement gap” – the difference in academic performance between more affluent white children and underprivileged kids of color. Plagiarizing phrases from the Civil Rights movement, these politically-connected reformers talk of a “revolution” in education accountability and claim to be building a high-stakes testing “movement” to measure the needs of students who have traditionally been left behind. Education Secretary Arne Duncan even referred to the opening of the film Waiting for “Superman”– which advocates charter schools and demonizes teachers’ unions … Continue reading Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress