PSAT for 11/1/11: Lots going on!

For Public Schools Action Tuesday today, a whole calendar to keep you busy.

Nov. 2, 6 pm, Jackson and LaSalle

Occupy Wall Street has called a national day of protest on Nov. 2nd to stand in solidarity with Oakland and against the use of police brutality and the denial of constitutional rights. We plan to heed this call in a march and demonstration. We ask that you join us.

Where: Jackson and LaSalle
When: Nov. 2nd, 6:00pm

What: March to City Hall from Jackson and LaSalle. Rally at City Hall for a “Speak Out,” then march to the 7:00 GA.


Nov. 7, 5 pm at Lane Tech

Chicago forum on proposed principal and teacher evaluation

Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers and administrators are invited to weigh in on the development of evaluation systems that comply with the Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010 (PERA) at a forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Lane Tech College Prep High School, 2501 West Addison. (I assume that parents and others are also welcome…)

The November 7 forum will focus specifically on evaluations of CPS teachers and administrators.

Evaluation systems under PERA will be designed to provide teachers and principals with clear and consistent standards, more constructive feedback, and stronger professional development. The systems will combine student academic growth and professional practice. The new Chicago evaluations will be implemented for principals for the 2012 school year and phased in for teachers over the 2012 and 2013 school years.

The forum will be highly interactive, with brief presentations by key leaders of ISBE and PEAC, followed by live polling, discussion, and an open Q&A session.

RSVP here: educator-forums-123.html.

Check the PEAC website for information and updates (including proposed evaluation system):

Question or comment? Email

Dates from SOS Chicago:

Nov. 1st – Nov. 6th: Chicago Screenings of American Teacher @ Facets Cinametheque, 1517 W Fullterton Ave., 7pm, $9.00.  (Tues showing will feature filmmakers – more below)

Sun. Nov. 13th: SOS-Chicago to attend #OccupyChi together, 10am, with a brief SOS meeting on-site at 11am.

Wed. Nov 16th: Chicago Board of Edu meeting, 125 S Clark.  Please arrive early (6am) to sign up to testify.

Thurs. Nov. 17th: Deborah Meier talk, Dominican Univ. (Harlem / Division), 6pm

Sat. Nov,. 19th: Teachers for Social Justice Fair, Orozco School, 18th / Damen, 9am – 4pm.

Sat. Dec. 3rd: Next SOS-Chicago meeting.  Location TBD (probably Jane Addams Hull House, 800 S Halsted)




As the debate over the state of America’s public school system rages on, one thing everyone (including President Obama) agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet, while research proves that teachers are the most important school factor in a child’s future success, America’s teachers are so woefully underpaid that almost a third must divide their time between a second job in order to make a living. Chronicling the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities of today’s educators, the difficulty of attracting talented new teachers and why so many of our best teachers choose to leave the profession altogether. Their stories are disheartening, but this wake-up call to our system’s failings also looks at possibilities for reform. Can we re-value teaching in the United States and turn it into a prestigious, financially attractive and competitive profession? With almost half of American teachers leaving the field in the next five years, now is the time to find out. This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people’s children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.

Sat.-Sun., November 5-6 at 12:30 pm
Directed by Vanessa Roth, U.S.A. 2011, 81 mins.
Produced by Dave Eggers and narrated by Matt Damon.

Mon.-Thurs., Oct. 31 – November 3, 7 & 9 pm 
Sat.-Sun., November 5-6 at 12:30 pm 

Tickets:  $9.00 general admission; FREE for Facets members


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