PSAT for 4-2-14: Speak out, sign up, pencil in

psat_logoI know it’s Wednesday – springing ahead can do crazy things to the schedule, especially when it’s barely spring, right?

1) Speak out about the AUSL turnaround proposals at three schools. Please share this quick fact sheet about AUSL’s lackluster contributions to student success.

Also, if you can, take time to review these charts from Catalyst showing pretty much the same story. Details about the three hearings this afternoon here.

2) Sign up for the April 9th Parents4Teachers dinner fundraiser honoring the opt out students, parents and teachers. More info here.

3) Pencil in the many excellent forums and events that are coming up:

April 7: Forum at DePaul 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Why our Schools are Still Segregated and What We Can Do About It:  DePaul College of Education hosts a presentation by Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute Education Policy expert.
Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, RM 161

April 24: Forum at DePaul, 6 – 9 PM

Promoting Progressive, Democratic Education in an era of Standardization: A Visit from Mission Hill Public School in Boston
DePaul Student Center,  RM 120
So much discussion of education practice and policy today is centered on critique – of high stakes testing, value-added measures for teacher evaluation, growth of charters, deprofessionalization of teaching through short alternative programs and other “reforms.” We find that our students are looking for alternatives to today’s current “reform” prescriptions. Mission Hill offers one such example.

April 26th, 10am –Noon

Quality Education for Every Child; How do we get there? Finnish scholar and educator Pasi Sahlberg joins Raise Your Hand for a talk.
You must register for this event on the RYH website. Seats are limited and filling up fast. www.ilraiseyourhand.org

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