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Leadership Matters PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 20:31
August 8, 2014

In this issue:

  • "Trends in Education" Non-partisan, Experts Panel Discussion
  • Judy Solano for Senate – Please support Colorado’s Number One Champion for Children. As a state Representative Judy Sponsored the Preschool bill, Parent’s Choice Bill, and many others. 
  • You are invited to participate in an Informational Workshop to stop Common Core:
    Saturday, August 16th, 2014, from 9am - 4pm in Castle Rock.
    1506 S Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104
  • Opt Out Articles – the momentum continues
  • The West Ed Study
  • The Pearson Contract
  • Are you one of thousands of teachers laid off? Pearson is hiring test administrators for $10.50 an hour! Are you beginning to see the trend?
  • Recognizing Stefanie Fuhr and Amy DeValk, Voices4PublicEducation, Douglas County has the most test refusals in Colorado!

"Trends in Education" Non-partisan, Experts Panel Discussion

Progressive Women of Colorado presents: "Trends in Education" Non-partisan, Experts Panel Discussion

Guest Speakers: 
Kerrie Dallman, President of the Colorado Education Association, 
Jonna Levine from “Support Jeffco Kids”, 
Ilana Spiegel from “Speak for Cherry Creek”, 
Dr. Val Flores from Denver Public Schools, 
Michelle Winzent from the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, 
Sean VanBerschot from "Teach For America",
and Cindy Barnard from “Taxpayers for Public Education”. 
(“Stand for Children” and "Great Education Colorado" have also been invited but not confirmed.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Refreshments 5:15-5:30pm
Event begins 5:30pm-7:30pm
Unity Church, 3021 S.University, Denver, 80210. 
(PWC is not affiliated with the Unity Church.) 

Suggested donation of $5-$10 to PWC at the door. 
Please bring new back-to-school items for children in need.
RSVP: wendy@dreamwisemarketing.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1466907363558764/

_________________________________________


Judy Solano for Senate

Teachers are heading BACK TO WORK

Students and parents are getting ready for BACK TO SCHOOL

We’re raising funds in the BACK YARD

so we can send JUDY SOLANO, a former educator, 

BACK TO THE CAPITOL!

 
Please join our hosts, Lori Goldstein and Yvonne Bradford, for an event to benefit Judy Solano’s State Senate campaign! 
 
Home of Lori and Michael Goldstein!
3277 W. 102nd Place
Westminster, Co 80031
 
AUGUST 12, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 
A special thanks to our cohosts: Nancy Perlmutter, Rep. Cherylin Penniston, Phil Corn, Sen. Nancy Todd, Sue Windels, Former DPS Board Member Jeanne Kaplan, Former Sen. Brandon Schafer, Former Sen. Bob Bacon, Lynne Zimmerman, Karen Marquez and Sharon Tonsager of Citizens Coalition for Children’s Success, and Angela Engel of Uniting 4 Kids
 
Please RSVP to (303)517-5387 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Suggest donation - $25
 
Please make checks payable to Judy Solano for Senate or donate online at judysolano.com.

__________________________________________

Let's STOP Common Core, Colorado!!

You are invited to participate in an Informational Workshop on:
Saturday, August 16th, 2014, from 9am - 4pm in Castle Rock.
1506 S Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104
in the MedVed Conference room located in the Chevy MedVed building. 

Morning informational presentations on issues affecting our children's education including Common Core Standards, Data Mining, State Mandated Standardized Testing and Violations of Privacy and Parental Rights in our children's education.

Afternoon session beginning at 1pm will include a very informative talk from Angela Engel on Opting Out/Refusing the Test, followed by Senators Chris Holbert and Justin Everett at 2pm sharing their perspectives from the Colorado legislature.  

We will wrap up with a moderated discussion panel with input given by 
Colorado Department of Education State Board Member Debora Scheffel
Colorado Gubernatorial Matthew Hess
Colorado Attorney General Candidate David K. Williams
Colorado House District 45 Candidate Patrick Neville
to name a few!!

This event is by invitation only and limited space is available.  
RSVPs will be taken on a first come, first serve basis and after 35 attendees, a wait list will begin.  

Click here to RSVP NOW!

www.stopcommoncorecolorado.webs.com

_________________________________________________________________

Opt Out Momentum:

Opting out of Colorado tests
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20140326-i-opted-my-kids-out-of-standardized-tests.ece

Denver Public Schools’ crippled response to parent asserting their rights
http://northdenvernews.com/denver-public-schools-crippled-response-parent-asserting-rights/

Parents can opt out of tests  George Saiter
http://gazette.com/letters-fracking-starts-to-look-pretty-good-opting-out-of-tests/article/1513849

WestEd: Colorado Assesment Implementation Study

Pearson Contract

In this issue:

  • "Trends in Education" Non-partisan, Experts Panel Discussion
  • Judy Solano for Senate – Please support Colorado’s Number One Champion for Children. As a state Representative Judy Sponsored the Preschool bill, Parent’s Choice Bill, and many others. 
  • You are invited to participate in an Informational Workshop to stop Common Core:
    Saturday, August 16th, 2014, from 9am - 4pm in Castle Rock.
    1506 S Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104
  • Opt Out Articles – the momentum continues
  • The West Ed Study
  • The Pearson Contract
  • Are you one of thousands of teachers laid off? Pearson is hiring test administrators for $10.50 an hour! Are you beginning to see the trend?
  • Recognizing Stefanie Fuhr and Amy DeValk, Voices4PublicEducation, Douglas County has the most test refusals in Colorado!

"Trends in Education" Non-partisan, Experts Panel Discussion

Progressive Women of Colorado presents: "Trends in Education" Non-partisan, Experts Panel Discussion

Guest Speakers: 
Kerrie Dallman, President of the Colorado Education Association, 
Jonna Levine from “Support Jeffco Kids”, 
Ilana Spiegel from “Speak for Cherry Creek”, 
Dr. Val Flores from Denver Public Schools, 
Michelle Winzent from the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, 
Sean VanBerschot from "Teach For America",
and Cindy Barnard from “Taxpayers for Public Education”. 
(“Stand for Children” and "Great Education Colorado" have also been invited but not confirmed.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Refreshments 5:15-5:30pm
Event begins 5:30pm-7:30pm
Unity Church, 3021 S.University, Denver, 80210. 
(PWC is not affiliated with the Unity Church.) 

Suggested donation of $5-$10 to PWC at the door. 
Please bring new back-to-school items for children in need.
RSVP: wendy@dreamwisemarketing.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1466907363558764/

_________________________________________


Judy Solano for Senate

Teachers are heading BACK TO WORK

Students and parents are getting ready for BACK TO SCHOOL

We’re raising funds in the BACK YARD

so we can send JUDY SOLANO, a former educator, 

BACK TO THE CAPITOL!

 
Please join our hosts, Lori Goldstein and Yvonne Bradford, for an event to benefit Judy Solano’s State Senate campaign! 
 
Home of Lori and Michael Goldstein!
3277 W. 102nd Place
Westminster, Co 80031
 
AUGUST 12, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 
A special thanks to our cohosts: Nancy Perlmutter, Rep. Cherylin Penniston, Phil Corn, Sen. Nancy Todd, Sue Windels, Former DPS Board Member Jeanne Kaplan, Former Sen. Brandon Schafer, Former Sen. Bob Bacon, Lynne Zimmerman, Karen Marquez and Sharon Tonsager of Citizens Coalition for Children’s Success, and Angela Engel of Uniting 4 Kids
 
Please RSVP to (303)517-5387 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Suggest donation - $25
 
Please make checks payable to Judy Solano for Senate or donate online at judysolano.com.

__________________________________________

Let's STOP Common Core, Colorado!!

You are invited to participate in an Informational Workshop on:
Saturday, August 16th, 2014, from 9am - 4pm in Castle Rock.
1506 S Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104
in the MedVed Conference room located in the Chevy MedVed building. 

Morning informational presentations on issues affecting our children's education including Common Core Standards, Data Mining, State Mandated Standardized Testing and Violations of Privacy and Parental Rights in our children's education.

Afternoon session beginning at 1pm will include a very informative talk from Angela Engel on Opting Out/Refusing the Test, followed by Senators Chris Holbert and Justin Everett at 2pm sharing their perspectives from the Colorado legislature.  

We will wrap up with a moderated discussion panel with input given by 
Colorado Department of Education State Board Member Debora Scheffel
Colorado Gubernatorial Matthew Hess
Colorado Attorney General Candidate David K. Williams
Colorado House District 45 Candidate Patrick Neville
to name a few!!

This event is by invitation only and limited space is available.  
RSVPs will be taken on a first come, first serve basis and after 35 attendees, a wait list will begin.  

Click here to RSVP NOW!

www.stopcommoncorecolorado.webs.com

_________________________________________________________________

Opt Out Momentum:

Opting out of Colorado tests
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20140326-i-opted-my-kids-out-of-standardized-tests.ece

Denver Public Schools’ crippled response to parent asserting their rights
http://northdenvernews.com/denver-public-schools-crippled-response-parent-asserting-rights/

Parents can opt out of tests  George Saiter
http://gazette.com/letters-fracking-starts-to-look-pretty-good-opting-out-of-tests/article/1513849

WestEd: Colorado Assesment Implementation Study

Pearson Contract



______________________________________________________
Now Hiring Pearson Test Administrator
Indeed Job ID: 2014-26949
# of Positions: 1
Position Type: Regular Part Time
Category: Testing Center
Pearson VUE is seeking a part-time Test Administrator for our
Wheat Ridge, COlocation.
SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS:
Our ideal candidate demonstrates flexibility and teamwork.
*This is strictly a part-time position and will remain as such.
*This position is not benefit eligible.
*Ability to work 5-15 hours per week with an expectation to work more hours as needed.
*Employees must be available to work various shifts between the hours of 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM various shifts as scheduled, any day Monday through Friday.
*Saturday hours are 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM about 2 Saturdays per month.
*Schedules are available at least 2 weeks in advance.
*Starting Pay $10.50/hr.
The Test Administrator position is responsible for providing a secure exam delivery and superior customer service in a comfortable friendly environment.
*Understands and complies with all testing procedures.
*Checks in examinees, verifies identification, and explains the exam process.
*Monitors examinees while testing.
*Maintains a secure testing environment.
*Communicates with internal departments to investigate and fix technical issues.
*Strictly adheres to company policies using careful judgment.
*Light housekeeping duties such as vacuuming, sanitizing keyboards, office trash, etc.
*Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
*Minimum of 1 year customer service experience required.
*Strong communication skills are a must.
*Must be flexible in work hours and days.
*Ability to lift up to 20 lbs on occasion.
*Must be comfortable in a quiet testing environment.
*Beginner to Intermediate experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).
*High school diploma or equivalent.

____________________________________________________
Featured education leaders:

Congratulations to Amy DeValk and Stefanie Fuhr, the cofounders of Voices for Public Education. Douglas County had the highest number of students Opting Out! Mom’s taking action really does make a difference! These community leaders have brought the voices of Kris Nielsen, Peggy Robertson, Tim Sleker, Anthony Cody, Jennifer Berkshire, Shaun Johnson and Pasi Sahlberg.

https://www.facebook.com/VoicesForPublicEducation

About
Voices for Public Education is a place to educate, empower and take actions to support public education. We believe in "Our Community, Our Schools".
Description
Voices for Public Education is dedicated to educating the community to empower individuals to act and take back our public schools.
We educate by:
• Bringing in national education experts to discuss education reform and offer alternatives
• Building personal relationships to tell our story
• Supporting other community groups fighting education reform
We empower by:
• Working with our school communities to develop actions to take back our schools
• Giving teachers, parents, students and community members a voice in decision-making
We act by:
• Creating actions for both quick “wins” and long term goals
• Providing the resources and information for people to take individual actions
• Partnering with and supporting other grassroots organizations
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 15:34
 
The data to prove it! PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:54
March 27, 2014
In this issue:
  • United Opt Out Conference March 28th, Denver Colorado
  • Over a decade of high stakes testing = more at risk students and higher college remediation rates
  • Sign the petition -
  • Tom Poetter for Congress – Send an education leader to the White House

Register for this weekend:

Join United Opt Out’s third annual spring event, March 28th-30th, 2014 in Denver, CO. Listen to and work with Pasi Sahlberg and numerous other education activists as we descend upon a western city at a crossroads. Much more than keynotes and speeches, we will work with local activists to meet their immediate needs as they defend their public schools from the forces of privatization and profit.
Fox News 31 News and Chalkbeat are covering the Opt Out Movement. Segment will broadcast:

Thursday March 27th at 5 pm
Friday March 28th at 6 am and 9am

The data to prove it!

Corporate Reform and high-stakes testing was sold on two premises: “We need to close the achievement gap and better prepare students for college.” A decade and a half later the facts are in: the number of at-risk students and college remediation rates has DOUBLED! It has never been about kids, it has always been about making more MONEY.
Risking Students, Raising Test Scores:

In 2000 163,052 children were identified as at-risk
In 2013 305,261 children are identified as at-risk

There was a 55% increase in the proportion of at-risk students in the student population.

Shading bubbles—Poor Preparation for College, Career, and Citizenry

The classes of 2011 were third graders when NCLB was implemented .They are the first graduating class to have been completely educated under a model of standardization and high-stakes testing. These students are less prepared for college than any generation before them:

In 2000, 28 % of entering freshmen enrolled in at least one remedial reading, writing, or mathematics course.

In 2011 the percentage of freshmen placed into a college remediation course increased by 11 % from the previous year. According to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education,
Nearly 60 percent of all adult students require remediation in at least one subject.

Sign the petition:

http://wh.gov/lV7q7

"The human race is about to enter a totally data mined existence, and it's gonna be really fun to watch...The world in 30 yrs is gonna be unrecognizably data mined, so what does that mean for education? Well, education happens to be today the world's most data minable industry by far...education beats everything else hands down." ~ Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr7Z7ysDluQ#t=196



Featured Education Leader:


Tom Poetter for Congress
Tom Poetter is a 17-year native of Oxford, Ohio and professor at Miami University in the College of Education, Health, and Society.
An award-winning teacher  and author, he has published 14 books and over 50 articles and book chapters in the field of education. From 2001-2011, Tom directed school/university partnerships for Miami in the region, and opened the university’s Partnership Office as its first director in 2005.

We can get a real education leader in Congress. Please make a donation. All amounts make a difference. http://www.poetterforcongress.com/contribute/

 
The data to prove it! PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:54
March 27, 2014
In this issue:
  • Thank you to all of the participants of the United Opt Out Conference
  • Over a decade of high stakes testing = more at risk students and higher college remediation rates
  • Sign the petition - Ask Congress to remove testing mandates
  • Tom Poetter for Congress – Send an education leader to the White House

Challenging the fear:
http://kdvr.com/2014/03/27/parents-protest-against-standardized-testing-by-opting-kids-out

The data to prove it!

Corporate Reform and high-stakes testing was sold on two premises: “We need to close the achievement gap and better prepare students for college.” A decade and a half later the facts are in: the number of at-risk students and college remediation rates has DOUBLED! It has never been about kids, it has always been about making more MONEY.
Risking Students, Raising Test Scores:

In 2000 163,052 children were identified as at-risk
In 2013 305,261 children are identified as at-risk

There was a 55% increase in the proportion of at-risk students in the student population.

Shading bubbles—Poor Preparation for College, Career, and Citizenry

The classes of 2011 were third graders when NCLB was implemented .They are the first graduating class to have been completely educated under a model of standardization and high-stakes testing. These students are less prepared for college than any generation before them:

In 2000, 28 % of entering freshmen enrolled in at least one remedial reading, writing, or mathematics course.

In 2011 the percentage of freshmen placed into a college remediation course increased by 11 % from the previous year. According to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education,
Nearly 60 percent of all adult students require remediation in at least one subject.

Sign the petition:

http://wh.gov/lV7q7

"The human race is about to enter a totally data mined existence, and it's gonna be really fun to watch...The world in 30 yrs is gonna be unrecognizably data mined, so what does that mean for education? Well, education happens to be today the world's most data minable industry by far...education beats everything else hands down." ~ Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr7Z7ysDluQ#t=196



Featured Education Leader:


Tom Poetter for Congress
Tom Poetter is a 17-year native of Oxford, Ohio and professor at Miami University in the College of Education, Health, and Society.
An award-winning teacher  and author, he has published 14 books and over 50 articles and book chapters in the field of education. From 2001-2011, Tom directed school/university partnerships for Miami in the region, and opened the university’s Partnership Office as its first director in 2005.

We can get a real education leader in Congress. Please make a donation. All amounts make a difference. http://www.poetterforcongress.com/contribute/

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 March 2014 23:08
 
with our bare hands and spare change PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 22:11

 

March 13, 2013

United Opt Out Denver Conference, March 28-30th, Auraria Campus
http://unitedoptout.com/united-opt-out-game-on-denver-march-28-30th/


Mother’s in the fight, Peggy Robertson and Ilana Spiegel, forwarded me questions from Nic Garcia, Reporter to Chalkbeat; co.chalkbeat.org . I thought I would share the answer to his questions. I begin with my closing remarks:

“I will tell you that it takes a great deal of courage to be the dissenting voice against well-funded corporate interests with public relations departments, lobbyists and purchased political influence. We, the mothers listed here, who single handedly fight this battle for our children with our spare change and bare hands very much hope that you will not misrepresent us or our concerns, or further marginalize this debate over what our children learn and who should be making those decisions.”

1.    Why are parent’s wanting to opt out?


  •  The tests consume a lot of time and money that we would rather see going to experiential learning and educational resources including: school counselors, librarians, arts and smaller class sizes.
  •   The test has never been independently audited or evaluated for reliability. McGraw Hill was even charged with Fraud from the Department of Justice.
  •  Socio economic status is the number one correlating factor to test scores. This type of accountability system rewards wealthy students and punishes the poor ones. Isn’t this obvious by the fact that all schools and districts on “probation” serve high proportion of low-income students.
  • Kids aren’t standardized; their learning outcomes shouldn’t be either. Kids with unique talents and abilities are particularly condemned under the one-size fits all system.
  •  Parents are sick and tired of the commercialization of our child’s education. They are not for profit. The policies around high-stakes testing are making a lot of money for the test publishers like Pearson. Kids don’t have lobbyists. It falls to the parents to protect children and their learning. Too many commercial interests including consultants, data managers and curriculum publishers are benefiting at the expense of real learning.
  •    Bad results:
               College remediation rates have tripled
               Achievement Gap has widened.     
               2000:  22.5%  (of the total children were at-risk)
               2013:  34.8%  (of the total children were at-risk)

  •  This test causes tremendous stress and anxiety for many students including: nightmares, loss of appetite, stomach aches and anxiety. I just learned CO has one of the highest teen suicide rates in the country.

2.    What guidance are your official organizations SPEAK/United Opt out providing parents?

We provide them with an understanding of their parental rights. We also provide support to parents who are challenged by the Colorado Department of Education and administrators who attempt to violate parental directives protected by the United States Constitution and supported through numerous Supreme Court Decisions.

3.    Specifically to Colorado laws, it is my understanding schools are required to test children who are in attendance during testing windows. How do plans hope to see this law changed/amended in the future?

CDE with the help of their “legislative liason” requested legislators change this from the original law that required Districts “to test every child in every grade.” This can be changed back. Either way, we are prepared to test state laws against the United States Constitution through the judicial process.

4.     To the tests themselves, do you have specific issues? Do your organizations have recommendations on how the state can fulfill it's aim of measuring student growth/proficiency without TCAP/CMAS? PARCC?

NAEP – The national assessment of Educational Progress administered in every state since 1969. It has been independently evaluated and proven a valid and reliable measure. NAEP is federally funded and no commercial interests benefit.

5.     How, specifically, do you believe the state/school districts are responding to renewed pushback on state test?

By bullying parents, teachers, and students.

6. Parents have always wanted to opt-out of tests. However, it seems the movement has a renewed spirit. Why now?

The costs to our children have been too great.



_____________________
From the National Education Policy Center:
While Policymakers Do Little, Marketers Are Busy in Schools
NEPC releases 16th annual report on Schoolhouse Commercialism Trends

BOULDER, CO (March 11, 2014) -- Schoolhouse commercialism continues virtually unabated, despite the harm it does, and neither federal nor state lawmakers are moving to further control the practice, according to a new report released today.

The pervasiveness of commercialism in education has become so broad, its threat so great, and its reported benefits so minor that the report’s authors call on policymakers to ban any such activity unless an independent, disinterested body can certify that it does not harm children’s education.

Read the full press release here: http://tinyurl.com/ks6y3dl
 
Following the Money PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 23:36

March 6, 2014

In this newsletter:

1) Watch the PBS debate on testing by clicking the link below

2) Following the money

3) Upcoming events and Pasi Sahlberg comes to Colorado

Studio 12 Colorado Public Television, “Does Standardized tests really work.” Watch this lively panel discussion and my signature eye roll.

http://video.cpt12.org/video/2365189433/

Following the Money:

Publishers (Pearson and McGraw-Hill) - Both corporations actively lobby for Federal and State policies that institute high-stakes standardized tests ensuring that what gets measured gets taught. Products (tests, study guides, text books and software) are “aligned” creating a monopoly for test publishers. Pearson has already begun to reap billions from the adoption of Common Core. Pearson sales were up 5 percent in 2012 to $9.21 billion, Operating profit in 2012 was $1.4 billion.

McGraw Hill Profits
McGraw-Hill is the publisher of CSAP/TCAP, for the past sixteen years. They also held the test contract in twenty-six other states. McGraw-Hill Education was sold to Apollo Global Management, LLC in early 2013 for $2.5 billion. Months later The United States Government filed a $5 billion dollar fraud lawsuit against McGraw Hill Financial. The corporation’s total revenues in 2012 were nearly $4.5 billion.

Consultants - “In Colorado — one of the few states willing to tally such spending — consultants are taking home 35 percent, or $9.4 million, of the $26.6 million that came to the state from the U.S. Department of Education in the past two years.”

Colorado Department of Education – has nearly doubled their budget since high-stakes testing was adopted in Colorado. Since 2000 they have experienced a 46% increase in employees while Districts throughout the state have suffered dramatic cuts.

CDE budget
$2,518,388,992    $3,727,484,358    $4,725,438,549    $4,336,043,821    $4,908,003,753
2000 -2001              2005-2006               2008-2009             2011-2012           2014-2015

Click here to see the full report: http://www.angelaengel.com/files/U4KRuinToRevolution.pdf


Events:
Thursday, March 13th at 6:30 pm
Join public education community activists from different districts as we work to take back our schools from the privatization movement.
There will be a panel discussion around the reform movement happening in Cherry Creek, Denver, Douglas County and Jefferson County along with how to mobilize and work together.

Highlands Ranch Library
9292 Ridgeline Boulevard, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129
https://www.facebook.com/events/1413361588912948/

United Opt Out Denver Conference, March 28-30th, Auraria Campus
http://unitedoptout.com/united-opt-out-game-on-denver-march-28-30th/
Pasi Sahlberg will be coming Saturday, March 29th at United Opt Out. Can you please make a contribution? http://www.gofundme.com/64kf90

"Without public schools, our nations and communities are poorly equipped to value humanity, equality and democracy." Pasi Sahlberg

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 23:51
 
Angela on PBS, HB1202, TCAP Facts PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Monday, 24 February 2014 23:51
In this newsletter:
1) Upcoming events
2) HB1202 – Can you call your legislators?
3) What I learned about TCAP?
4) Opt Out guides
5) Featured education leader – Alex Kacsh

Thanks to Peggy Robertson I will be a panelist on the PBS show, Studio 12 this Wednesday
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Studio 12 is a one hour live TV�talk show on PBS/Colorado Public Television, channel 12
TOPIC: Standardized Tests: Do They Work?
FORMAT: Studio 12 is a live round table discussion. We also invite viewers to engage in the conversation by giving us a call 303-296-1253303-296-1253.


Denver Student Union
March 3rd 4pm, Capitol Steps
Our Facebook event page
Sign our petition: http://tinyurl.com/nps53rt
(Read Alex’s letter below)


United Opt Out Denver Conference, March 28-30th, Auraria Campus
http://unitedoptout.com/united-opt-out-game-on-denver-march-28-30th/

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Capitol Watch

http://capitolcontact.com/layout3.php?url=573-TCqi4m7uS0z8Ulg5
HB 1202
URGENT!  We need your help!  
Here is a link http://capitolcontact.com/layout3.php?url=573-TCqi4m7uS0z8Ulg5 to a webpage that will allow you to send a message directly to all members of the House Education Committee and other key decision makers.  HB14-1202, including the strike below, the bill to STUDY COSTS AND BENEFITS OF STANDARDIZED TESTING, ALLOW PARENTAL RIGHT OF REFUSAL AND EXTEND A HOLD HARMLESS YEAR FOR TEACHERS is receiving a hearing and a vote.  The study commissions an unbiased, representative group of stakeholders.  WE MUST GET THE BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE.  Please click on the link, http://capitolcontact.com/layout3.php?url=573-TCqi4m7uS0z8Ulg5  fill in the form, add your comments, and SUBMIT.  The email will go individually to each legislator from your email address.  Please feel free to pass this webpage url to others who support this MISSION.

__________________
In 1997, I was in the first cohort of fourth grade teachers to administer the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) the state-wide standardized test. It was after I administered the test and especially after my students test results were returned that I began questioning CSAP: how was it developed, who was grading the answers, and what were the motives behind using a single measurement tool to make important judgments about schools, students, and teachers.

  • The testing contract with McGraw Hill, CSAP and TCAP publisher was a closed contract and completely concealed from the public. Meaning McGraw Hill would be holding public schools accountable while having no transparency or public accountability.
  • Since the test was first administered in 1997, CSAP or TCAP has never been independently audited or evaluated for validity or reliability. There is absolutely no evidence to support these tests as valid.
  •  The results of CSAP/TCAP dramatically conflict with the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), a national test that has been administered since 1969 to a statistically significant sample of students in every state. NAEP is administered by the National Council for Education Statistics (NCES) and is not-for-profit.
  •  Grading of CSAP/TCAP is contracted through temporary service agencies. Graders receive an evening of training. No education experience or certification is required of these graders and they grade hundreds of student responses over the course of a shift. Their inexperienced evaluation of a single sampling of a student’s work under high pressure conditions, carries more weight than a body of evidence, collected over the course of a school year, and evaluated by a professional educator.
  •  McGraw Hill sold the McGraw-Hill Education business to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC in early 2013 for $2.5 billion. Months later the department of Justice filed fraud charges against McGraw Hill Financial.
  • Testing was promised to close the achievement gap and better prepare students for college and careers. Since high-stakes testing began, the outcomes have been disastrous as reflected in college remediation rates, increases of at-risk students, and the growing opportunity divide between wealthy and low-income students.
Despite these negative outcomes, nearly every year the Colorado Legislature and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) have expanded testing, reordered the shaded bubbles and re-written the standards. Since high-stakes testing “reform” began Colorado has adopted three versions of standards (HB98-1267, SB09-212, and Common Core); three different states tests (CSAP, TCAP, and beginning next year PARCC) and the stakes associated with these tests are constantly being increased.


Click here for test refusal sample letters and to better understand your rights



Featured Education Leader: Alex Kacsh

Dear education activists and supporters:

For the last twelve years, No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top have created a standardized education that fails to prepare students for the responsibilities of life after high school. On March 3rd at 4pm, the Denver Student Union will be hosting a press conference, the State of the Student Address, declaring our frustrations with our current education system and stating what we, the students, want to see changing in our schools. We will be hosting this event on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol building, and we hope you will join us to listen to what students need in our education.

As citizens of Colorado, we would like to see the end of statewide “high stakes” standardized testing and put the funds and efforts into creating a holistic education that prepares students for their civic responsibilities, which allows we, the students, to pursue our individual passions, and give us a voice in our curriculum as well as our schools.

Please join us on March 3rd at the first annual State of the Student address as the students of Colorado declare our message for education.

Thank you,
Alex Kacsh
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:44
 
A letter to your union PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Monday, 24 February 2014 23:15

 

Click here to read the teacher's quick guide to resisting from within - Peg Robertson

 

Sample letter to your union

(Please personalize and revise to fit your style)

Dear _____

I have been a member of the_______ (association/union) since _____. Over the years I have watched my profession erode and have seen humanitarian, best teaching practices give way to testing and standardization reforms . All pedagogical research indicates that this regimen of standardization and high stakes testing is destructive to both the young developing mind and a student’s personal identity.  Labels and mandated outcomes without the participation of the professional in the classroom have wreaked havoc on our children and the very institution of public education on which a healthy society so depends.  Both pedagogical research and basic intuition reveal that our children learn in multi-faceted ways.

I went into teaching because I care about kids and learning. Reforms like high-stakes testing, Common Core, performance ratings and scripted curriculum are destroying what brought me to this profession. I would like for you to do a better of representing me and my colleagues. I am writing to ask you to take the following action:

1)    Association/Union adoption of a resolution to oppose NCLB, Race to the Top, Common Core and High-stakes testing.
2)    Financially support the individuals and the organizations working to oppose Common Core, high-stakes testing, performance pay and scripted curriculums. Contribute generously to these non-profits, contract authors and education leaders to consult on union strategies and policy approach, and invite them to speak to teachers across districts so we can be better informed and unified.
3)    Create a plan and a process to bring educators into the state legislature to share our personal experiences and expand our professional voice, this has been greatly missing for too long.
4)    Hire experienced educators in the union leadership. Lobbyists who have never been in the classroom are not equipped to represent me in the legislature. Listed in the bios of our union leadership team, I would like to see the reference to their teaching experience.
5)    Develop partnerships and work collaboratively with any initiatives that support educators, honor student, reinforce the rights of parents and oppose policies and practices connected to corporate reforms, privatization, and high-stakes testing.
6)    Support legislative and school board candidates who will advocate for public schools, teacher autonomy, student-directed learning and parental engagement.
7)    Initiate legislation that ends or reduces high-stakes testing; eliminates the stakes tied to standardized tests such as grading schools and evaluating educators. No student, teacher or school should be judged on the basis of a single measurement tool.
8)    Actively oppose legislation and school policies that forward standardized testing, privatization and corporate interests in education including Common Core and PARCC.
9)    Sponsor an education day at the state capitol to bring together parents, teachers and students.
10)    Organize teacher members around these goals so that we may better represent our profession and more effectively influence the decision makers on behalf of our students and public education.
11)    Communicate all policy actions with members and more importantly, seek our input, listen to our recommendations, and invite us to be the leaders in our profession.

My colleagues and I are feeling powerless in this climate of teacher hostility, top-down policies and exhausting reporting requirements. We are desperate to get back to the evidence based practices of teaching and learning that include creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. I will only be directing my dollars and my support to an association that represents the voice of teachers and aggressively advocates on our behalf and the students we serve. Please consider me a resource as you approach as we move forward. I am with you and committed to the stated goals. I will be following up regularly and sharing the information with the colleagues in my building and in my community.

Thank you,

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 23:27
 
Opt out Events and Common Crap PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Monday, 27 January 2014 23:06
January 29, 2014

Opt Out Meetings
Douglas County
Wednesday, January 29th 6:30-8:30PM
Northridge Recreation Center
8801 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Denver
Thursday, February 20th 6:30-8:00 PM
Location TBA

United Opt Out Denver Conference, March 28-30th

http://unitedoptout.com/united-opt-out-game-on-denver-march-28-30th/


A Bill in the Colorado Legislature to delay Common Core

Read about the Mom's Bill:
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/01/23/get-ready-for-common-core-data-privacy-bills/

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/01/colorado_moms_push_bill_to_del.html

https://www.google.com/#q=washington+post+diane+ravitch+common+core

http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=657



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Sample letters to legislators:

Dear Senator
In the past 10 years the state of Colorado has adopted three curriculums. Yes, three. Still my daughters math text book is dated 1998. Many districts are even further behind. The legislature is out of control with costly testing and reporting mandates including, SB08-212, SB09-163, SB10-191, and SB12-1238, while simultaneously cutting school funding. Cost alone is one of the most compelling reasons to oppose Common Core. Why wasn’t a cost impact study completed before the state school board was allowed to vote on state-wide implementation requiring billions of dollars?
Information is advancing rapidly and the technology with it.  Our children are all different and they learn differently. This approach to prescribing learning outcomes ignores neuroscience and evidenced based proven research. The best education is process oriented, learner driven, personalized and purposeful for the learner. Common Core is none of these. Common Core is prescriptive to teachers and students, limits skills and knowledge, and completely denies important elements of human development.
I hope you will exercise your leadership in opposing Common Core and I ask you to co-sponsor the Mom’s Bill that will be introduced by Senator Vicki Marble. You will not only be saving Colorado Citizens millions of dollars but this will be a first step in restoring educational integrity to our public school children and families.
Sincerely,
Angela Engel

Dear Representative,
I want to share this profoundly true statement with you in hopes that you will heed what the real experts (also opposed to Common Core) have to say. (See: www.allianceforchildhood)
"What is happening in the United States today is truly astonishing. In a society that prides itself on its preference for facts over hearsay, on its openness to research, and its respect for "expert" opinion, parents, educators, administrators, and legislators are ignoring the fact, the research, and the expert opinion about how young children learn and how best to teach them....When we instruct children in academic subjects...at too early an age, we miseducate them; we put them at risk for short-term stress and long-term personality damage for no useful purpose. There is no evidence that such early instruction has lasting benefits, and considerable evidence that it can do lasting harm" ~ Dr. David Elkind.
Please view the following 2.32 min clip about the effects of Common Core on children: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQbjvy1iSH0

And lastly, please read what Diane Ravitch has to say about Common Core
"President Obama and Secretary Duncan often say that the Common Core standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted by them. This is not true. They were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core. Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states.
In fact, it was well understood by states that they would not be eligible for Race to the Top funding ($4.35 billion) unless they adopted the Common Core standards. Federal law prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum, but in this case the Department figured out a clever way to evade the letter of the law. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia signed on, not because the Common Core standards were better than their own, but because they wanted a share of the federal cash." http://dianeravitch.net/2013/02/26/why-i-cannot-support-the-common-core-standards/
Sincerely,
Conny Jensen

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:31
 
Trusting the light and a new year PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 18:48

January 1, 2014

My sixteen-year-old daughter, Grace, attends Arapahoe High School here in Littleton Colorado. I dropped her off for her fifth period class in order to take a Science exam. She was sick on December 13th and I wanted to keep her home but she had a test “she couldn’t miss.” I returned forty minutes later to see her school surrounded by flashing lights and police officers. I cannot describe the horror of knowing your child is in danger and being powerless to protect her.
I think this incident is yet another illustration of a crack in the collective human psyche. Grace commented that this sort of tragedy is becoming their “normal”. There is no denying the existence of darkness, but we know the light that shines can be trusted more. Although during times like this I find it hard to remember, a little bit of light goes a long way in dispelling a lot of darkness.
Nelson Mandela writes, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
I want to thank all of the teachers and parents who undertake, with increasing challenge and commitment, the care of our children. Thank you to those who point out the flashes of light here and there; kudos to you healers, teachers, freedom fighters and justice seekers. I am so very grateful to share the company of so many activists and leaders who honor and reflect the best in humanity. I wish you all an extraordinary 2014!
Angela Engel
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Last call for Family Leaders in Colorado
I facilitate Phase II in Arapahoe/Douglas. We still have a couple of spots available. If you are interested in leadership development and community engagement, I strongly encourage you to apply. Classes begin January 11th.
FAMILY LEADERSHIP TRAINING INSTITUTE (FLTI)
Taking applications now at www.ColoradoFamilyLeadership.com and click on 'Now Accepting Applications!'
or click here to fill out application: FLTI Application

Applications due by most sites by mid-December 2013
Interviews scheduled in November and December 2013

Classes start in January 2014 in the following counties:
Adams County (monolingual Spanish only)
Arapahoe/Douglas Counties
Eagle County  
Larimer County  
Mesa County  
Montezuma/Dolores Counties
Denver/Aurora
Denver/Five Points  (2015)

The Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute began in Colorado in 2009.  Sometime over the course of the past three to four years you have been connected with this initiative and your support continues to be appreciated.  Applications for the Class of 2014 are now being accepted. It is time to spread the news and encourage others to apply for this excellent training opportunity for parents, family members, and other community members interested in making a difference for children, youth, and families.

Who should apply? Parents, teen parents, grandparents, other family members, single people, young adults (age 15-19), veterans, fathers, foster parents, community members and others who wish to improve the lives of children and families in communities.

The FLTI curriculum is a proven curriculum that inspires trains and empowers individuals to become effective leaders and change agents on behalf of children, youth, and families. This opportunity is only offered to 25 participants who are screened and selected based on their availability and readiness. Consideration is also given to how their participation will enhance diversity, strength, and learning for the group as a whole. FLTI course is offered free of charge!

The 20-session FLTI curriculum is based on the premise that the family is a child’s first and most important teacher. Family members are also the best advocates for children and communities. Community leaders including parents, youth, and family members, can be effective when they speak out on issues and inform policymakers, the media, and the community, about the needs of their members. FLTI offers stimulating educational sessions to boost leadership skills of participants in addressing areas of concern such as accessible child healthcare, the education achievement gap, neighborhood safety, and the significance of parental involvement.  Each participant applies their learning to a community-based project that reflects his/her passion.  Class participants will emerge as strong leaders and advocates for all children and their families.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 18:53
 
School Board Races and the Opportunity behind less funding PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Monday, 21 October 2013 21:29
Colorado School Board Picks

Littleton
Carrie Warren-Gully
Kelly Perez
Jack Reutzel

Douglas County
Chase
Hodges
Keim
Scholting

Denver
Michael Kiley
Rosario deBaca
Meg Schomp
Roger Kilgore
Presenting in Douglas County sponsored by Voices for Public Education:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeweGS0skX0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUm6hOG6CHLfBWssWCd-oBxw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0nxG3CazEE&list=UUm6hOG6CHLfBWssWCd-oBxw



How to ensure school board members act in the best interests of students:

•    Attend school board meetings, ask questions, and challenge bad decision-making
•    Include board members on your email distribution list and share information frequently
•    Examine budgets closely and communicate your fiscal priorities
•    Share your personal narrative as parents, teachers and students
•    Find out the board’s positions on legislative policies
•    Become an expert on a specific topic: Common Core, IDEA, High-stakes testing and so forth and share your expertise with others
•    School board positions are unpaid so be sure to thank school leaders for their time and service

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Please send your donations for Opt Out Billboards to:
The Coalition for Better Education, Inc.
2424 22nd Avenue
Greeley, Colorado 80631
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The Amendment  66 Dilemma
While I have always advocated for greater investments in education, I find myself conflicted about Amendment 66. There is no question that Colorado Schools need more funding.  However, the past few years have included devastating corporate reform initiatives in Colorado. Lack of funding has stopped many of these costly and ineffective policies in their tracks. The unfortunate reality is “limited budgets” has become a unique chance to stop the spread of dollars to corporations and end policies that narrow the curriculum and  further widen the opportunity divide. I would be an ardent supporter of 66 if it weren't tied to these reforms:

Colorado Read Act House Bill 1238
Passed in 2012 this bill retains third graders who do not pass the reading tests. Retention has never been an scientifically supported as an effective intervention and particularly harms children with learning disabilities and low-income and second language learners.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2012A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/BE80872E0CC93D2987257981007DC105?Open&file=1238_enr.pdf

Teacher Effectiveness Senate Bill 191
Passed in 2010 this bill narrowed the criteria for teacher success basing ½ of the evaluation on a standardized test. This was a very costly policy with districts mandated to absorb the expense.
http://tornado.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/sl2010a/sl_241.htm

State Board of Education Adopted the Common Core in 2010
Surprisingly, this is where the left and the right meet in opposing the Common Core a national curriculum financed by Corporations. Publishers like Pearson and McGraw Hill stand to make billions as districts are mandated to purchase the “Common Core” curriculum. Just Google to see the hundreds of critiques.

CAP4K Senate Bill 212
Passed in 2009 this bill is estimated at over $400 million for 2 out of 3 phases. It brings standards and tests to preschool through second grade.
http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/CAP4K/sb08-212.pdf


Amendment 66 in their own words:
http://coloradocommits.com/66-explained/

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 20:22
 
Doing Something by Doing Nothing PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:22

https://www.upworthy.com/teaching-children-in-this-awful-way-is-like-helping-a-person-who-is-on-fire-by-drowning-them?c=upw9


In the sixteen years since I first administered the CSAP test to my fourth grade students at Rock Ridge Elementary School, here’s what we’ve learned:

  • Wealth and poverty are the greatest indicators of test performance
  • High-stakes testing correlates to segregation
  • High-stakes testing increases inequities in opportunities and resources and further harms low-income children and youth
  • Test scores are not an accurate indicator of a student’s knowledge or potential
  • Emphasis on standardized testing kills creativity, imagination, and innovation
  • Commercial tests are more expensive and are far less informative than classroom assessments collected over time and evaluated by professional teachers
  • High-stakes testing does not improve schools, teachers or students
  • High-stakes testing has cost billions of dollars with no return on those investments
  • Standardized tests and the stakes and labels associated with these tests are destructive to children and youth and fail to honor their unique ways of thinking and learning

Over these many years, I have worked to challenge high-stakes standardized testing. I have published a book and articles, written legislation, lobbied on behalf of kids, spoken to audiences, organized and educated. I’ve come to understand that the public’s collective will and their intolerance for injustice is the greatest agent of change. We can still try and change the laws, we can continue to inform the people, and we can also refuse to conform. We can live by a different set of rules; standards that respect our children; choices that are responsible to our spending; and decisions that heal the opportunity divide and lead to cooperation.
The Coalition for Better Education is beginning their annual Colorado campaign to educate parents and students about their rights to refuse the test and OPT OUT. All money goes directly to billboards. In the words of Don Perl, “no amount is too small.”  


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Dear Colleagues:
I have randomly gone through the names of those who have been strong activists in the past for our billboard campaign to inform parents of their rights to exempt their children from the fraud of high stakes standardized testing.  As most of you know, we have advertised on Colorado highways since 2005 to raise awareness of the boondoggle of CSAP (now TCAP) and each year more and more parents have opted their children out of the tests.  
This is a critical year for voices raised against the corporate takeover.  They are more forceful than ever.  Consider the latest publications – Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error, Jim Horn’s The Mismeasure of Education.  The Progressive has a new website exposing the corporatization of public education, www.publicschoolshakedown.org.  The strike of the Chicago Teachers’ Union a year ago had much to do with raising awareness of the privatization of what is a public trust – public education.  Our mission has also been included in the wonderful collection of stories in Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education by Professors Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin.  
I have just signed a contract with Mile High Outdoor Advertising to put two billboards up on the Eastern Slope.  We will have these boards from January through March and I am attaching two photos of last year’s boards.  Those two boards will cost us $2,200.  We have a bank account in the Weld Schools Credit Union which now has about $500 in it.  So, we need to raise something like $1,700 to cover the cost of the boards.  We have no administrative costs whatsoever.  So, however you could spread the word, however you could contribute to this campaign will be very much appreciated.  Any contribution at all will help move us toward our goal.  
Checks go to:
The Coalition for Better Education, Inc.
2424 22nd Avenue
Greeley, Colorado 80631

In appreciation and solidarity,

Don Perl
The Coalition for Better Education, Inc.
www.thecbe.org
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Take The Test Event
Saturday October 19 at 3pm, 2401 Welton St, Denver, CO, 80205
Hello education activists! We could really use your help promoting, getting adults to sign up, and supporting our upcoming Take-The-Test event. This event will have adults take a standardized test. We have invited over 100 elected officials to this event but we need other adults to take part! Our event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/533674326705816 and people can sign up at students4ourschools.org/takethetest
Alex Kacsh

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 08:45
 
Teachers and board members speak out against corporate reforms PDF Print E-mail
Written by AngelaEngel.com   
Monday, 09 September 2013 10:15

Upcoming Colorado Education Events:

Sept. 10th Stand For Children

Denver Public School board election bought and paid by corporate reformers

Great opportunity to ask the hard questions and speak on behalf of students and teachers

Location: STRIVE Prep, Lalo Delgado campus, 3201 W. Arizona Ave., Denver 6- 8p.m

Learn more about Stand for Children at: http://www.ednewscolorado.org/voices/27156

 

Sept. 12th Anthony Cody talks about the education de-form movement throughout the USA, Colorado, and Douglas County.

Location: Cielo at Castle Pines: 485 W Happy Canyon Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80108 at 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378512652376372/

Anthony Cody's blog: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/08/lawmakers_begin_to_connect_the.html

 

September 14th, The Colorado Student Power Alliance presents COSPA Student Disorientation

Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado at 11:00 am

https://www.facebook.com/events/549248405136914/?ref=22

 

Sept. 25th, Diane Ravitch Speaks at North High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7:00 p.m. Book signing at 8:00. Be there and bring friends

http://www.amazon.com/Reign-Error-Privatization-Movement-Americas/dp/0385350880/ref=bxgy_cc_b_text_a

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Featured education leaders Peggy Robertson and Andrea Merida

Do Not Go for the GOLD (Teaching Strategies GOLD) for Early Childhood Classrooms
I want to begin by giving everyone a quick background on GOLD. I am simply scraping the tip of the iceberg – it has many additional components to it – but the component that is most used and most touted is the assessment component.  Please bear with me, this blog is much longer than it should be, but if you are a parent with young children you simply must sit down, take a moment, and read. 

http://www.pegwithpen.com/2013/09/do-not-go-for-gold-teaching-strategies.html

 

After much heart-wrenching deliberation, I have decided not to run for a second term as the southwest representative on the Denver Board of Education. I believe that high-stakes standardized testing is destroying public education today. Simultaneously, giant dollars from outside Denver, and outside Colorado flood into local school board races. In good conscience, I will not continue to be a part of this system.

Read the full announcement at: http://andreamerida.com/im-not-running-for-re-election/

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 10:22
 
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