Mon Dec 7, 6-9 PM @ St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights
This event, initiated by Regents Charles Bendit & Kathleen Cashin, is for teachers, teacher ed faculty, and those concerned about the impact of the teacher certification exams on the preparation of future teachers, on the racial and ethnic composition of the teaching force, and on the professional autonomy of teacher educators. From the event webpage: "This is an extremely important forum to amplify faculty and student experiences." More info and address here.
Wed Dec 9, 7-9 PM @Pre-K 280 for PS 10, 19th St. at 10th Ave. (formerly the Bishop Ford School), Brooklyn
TALKING ABOUT TESTING: A Panel Discussion with Carol Burris, Exec. Dir. Network for Public Education Foundation; Kathleen Cashin, NY State Regent; Erika Gunderson, Asst. Principal, PS 172; Jennifer Jennings, Asst. Prof. of Sociology, NYU; Anita Skop, Superintendent of Schools, District 15.
These really are dynamite panelists. If you have any questions or concerns about testing or opt out, it's hard to imagine a better forum to attend. Would especially recommend this to families new to ICE (where 85% of students refused the tests last year) who might be wondering what all the fuss is about.
Also, if you signed the Parents' Letter to the Mayor and Chancellor, thanks! The letter was sent off last week having been signed by parents from 31 of the city's 32 school districts. If you didn't get a chance to sign, you can still do so and still share--especially if you live or know someone who lives in District 29!
As always, for more info or to join our committee, write to firstname.lastname@example.org