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PAA comments on ESSA at Wyoming Community Roundtable

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PAA interim executive director Julie Woestehoff attended a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored “Community Roundtable” on the Every Student Succeeds Act held today in Casper, Wyoming. The comments she intended to present are below. However, the event was far from the promised “listening session in which the public is invited to share ideas and provide meaningful input.” USDE is required by law to meaningfully involve the public, to listen to public concerns, and to adjust policies based on that input or …

EdTech webinar recording and slides: UPDATED with You Tube video

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We had a great webinar, “Our Children @ Risk: Challenging the EdTech Juggernaut,” earlier this evening. There was so much important information and a very useful discussion. The slides, which include many helpful links, can be accessed here. The webinar recording  on You Tube is here – the audio is a bit garbled at times but mostly pretty good. Please also make sure you look at the reports and fact sheets PAA has prepared for parents and others to share. …

Join our next Race, Poverty and Education book club featuring Jesse Hagopian

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The guest for PAA’s next book club session in our Poverty, Race and Education series is the wonderful Jesse Hagopian, Seattle teacher and editor of “More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing.” To prepare for this session, “Let’s Get Real about Leveling the Playing Field,” you can: buy and read Jesse’s book watch his terrific TedX Talk on alternatives to standardized testing, and/or read some of his articles here or here, for example. Jesse reframes education in …

NEW book club webinar with Jesse Hagopian

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Our guest for this next PAA book club session is the wonderful Jesse Hagopian, Seattle teacher and author of “More Than a Score.” To prepare for this session, you can: buy and read Jesse’s book watch his terrific TedX Talk on alternatives to standardized testing, and/or read some of Jesse’s articles here or here, for example. Jesse reframes education in a way that supports all students and addresses the inherent racism in so much of current school policy and…

Stop the EdTech juggernaut: A PAA webinar

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Join PAA activists and national experts to learn more about the negative effects of EdTech and what parents can do to slow down the digital learning juggernaut in your children’s schools. Sunday  October 16  7 pm ET Panelists: Jean Rogers: Screen Time manager for Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Rachael Stickland: Co-Chair, Parent Coalition for Student Privacy Cheri Kiesecker and Emily Talmage: Nationally-known bloggers on digital learning (Missouri Education Watchdog and Save Maine Schools) PAA leaders Heather Hicks and Laura …

Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut

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If you missed our October 16, 2016 EdTech webinar, you can still find out what our expert panel had to say about the negative effects of EdTech and what parents can do to slow down the digital learning juggernaut in your children’s schools. The slides, which include many helpful links, can be accessed here. The webinar recording on You Tube is here – the audio is a bit garbled at times but mostly pretty good. Please also make sure you …

Letter to the editor on EdTech

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PAA urges parents and others to take a moment whenever you see a mention of digital learning in your local newspaper to write a letter to the editor to help educate the public about some of the many concerns raised by EdTech. Here’s an example, written by PAA interim executive director Julie Woestehoff and published earlier this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Feel free to “borrow” any of it!   As the heavy push for so-called “personalized learning” moves …

The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings

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by Julie Woestehoff, PAA interim executive director It has been more than 10 years since I and many of my former colleagues began warning Chicago that massive school closings would not improve education and would most likely lead to increased violence. It gives me no pleasure to see that this prediction has come true, and to such a tragic extent. We began to sound the alarm about school closures in 2004, as Mayor Daley and Arne Duncan touted their Renaissance …

The violent legacy of Chicago’s mass school closings

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By Julie Woestehoff, PAA interim executive director It has been more than 10 years since I and many of my former colleagues began warning Chicago that massive school closings would not improve education and would most likely lead to increased violence. It gives me no pleasure to see that this prediction has come true, and to such a tragic extent. We began to sound the alarm about school closures in 2004, as Mayor Daley and Arne Duncan touted their Renaissance …

A better way: PAA affiliate’s Restorative Listening Dialogue

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With data showing that black students in Portland public schools are four times more likely than white students to be suspended or expelled, PAA’s affiliate, Portland Parent Union, has been working to replace ineffective and discriminatory policies and practices with ones that are responsive to student needs. A recent TV news piece shared the story of PPU member Cashawn Edwards whose son attended a local charter school. The only African-American student in the school, he was bullied, called the “n” …