Support the First NYC High School Teachers to Refuse to Give Test
On Thursday, May 1, 2014, we, the teachers and school staff, at the International High School at Prospect Heights are refusing to give the NYC English Language Arts Performance Assessment Exam. We are standing in solidarity with the more than 50% of our parents who have opted their students out of taking the test.
Please support the teachers and staff members who have joined together to abstain from administering a test we believe is harmful to English Language Learners(ELLS). We are not willing to sacrifice the trust of our students, their feelings of self worth, and our professional duty to do what is best for them. In good conscience, as educators dedicated to the learning of our students and the welfare of our school communities, we are not administering this test. We ask that Chancellor Carmen Fariña remove the New York ELA Performance Exam in favor of an assessment created by educators who best know the individual needs of their students and classrooms.
Come organize with the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), including TSJ, CTU, and others, on the May 17 Day of Action to defend public education and continue the fight against the privatization of education.
Email us here to confirm for the rally and to go door to door canvassing in North Lawndale with GEM after the May 17 rally at Pope School. Download flyer here
Join Parents, Students, Community, Labor & Faith Leaders to celebrate our strength & our commitment to win the schools that all of Chicago’s students deserve.
Join us at our Teaching and Learning Freedom event on May 7th at the WBEZ Little Village Bureau. Next week's Eyes on the Prize community dialogue facilitators are Jackson Potter and Asif Wilson. Lastly, make sure to participate in our May 21stTwitter Town Hall and also attend the UIC Feminist Film Series taking place this week!
- UIC Social Justice Initiative
UIC Feminist Film Series
Hosted by: GWS Feminism and Social Change 390 Students & Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson
A documentary film series that will engage students on issues of sexual violence, community responses, restorative justice, envisioning a feminist future, and more. Nights of critical conversations, dialogue, and sharing of resources. [Information about the films can be found here.]
April 22nd & April 23rd @UIC Latino Cultural Center (B2)
April 24th and April 25th @PUJA Gallery (729 S. Maxwell St.)
SJI Freedom Summer Twitter Town Hall Wed, May 21, 3pm
Beyond Allyship: Raising the Bar on Freedom Struggles
Featured tweeters: Barbara Ransby, Mariame Kaba, April Callen (April Scissors), Mia McKenzie, Moya Bailey, Andrea Smith, Molly Adams (Vocalo), Maya Schenwar (TruthOut), Coya Paz, Gary Younge, Kevin Coval
Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now! May 28th - 30th, 2014
The Social Justice Initiative invites you to attend a conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer ’64.
2. Northeast Side Regional School Discipline Summit:
April 29 - 5:30 p.m.
With the release of new data from the Chicago Public Schools in February, we learned that during the last school year, 307 students were kicked out of charter schools, which have a total enrollment of about 50,000. In district-run schools, there were 182 kids expelled out of a student body of more than 353,000.
We also learned that African-American students face a higher rate of disciplinary action in the district. Last school year, approximately 75 percent of all suspensions were handed to African-Americans, a group that makes up about 41 percent of CPS' student body. (Suspended students are allowed to return to school, as opposed to students who are expelled.)
Chicago Public Schools has decided to focus on reducing the use of harsh disciplinary policies and to that end has developed a "suspension and expulsion reduction plan." CPS is seeking community input on how to best address school discipline issues.
We at Project NIA are partnering with CPS to organize a regional forum about school discipline on Tuesday April 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Our allies at Alternatives Inc. are hosting us for the evening at 4730 N. Sheridan Road.
Please join us for the forum. Food will be provided. Please register here!!(especially if you need child care at the event):
4. Progressive, Democratic Education in an Era of Standardization
The DePaul College of Education, in cooperation with Francis Parker School and the Teachers' Inquiry Project, is hosting public events to offer educators, parents, and community members opportunities to explore alternatives to high stakes testing, standardization, de-professionalization of teaching and other current "reform" approaches.
These events are planned around the visit of faculty from Boston's Mission Hill School and the release of the film Good Morning Mission Hill.
* Thursday, April 24th from 6-9 pm at DePaul University (Lincoln Park Student Center): A forum and interactive small group discussions with Ms. Gavins and Ms. Ruggiero, with the framing question: 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, de-professionalization of teaching through short alternative programs, etc. We find that our students are hungry for models, exemplars, alternatives to today's current "reform" prescriptions. Mission Hill offers one such example. What can the larger world of American education take away from one school's experience? For more information, contact Diane Horwitz here.
Check out the special section on Resisting Teach for America, including an article by Chicago's (and TSJ's) Katie Osgood!
And also check out RS's new book and fundraising campaign for:Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality-Join our campaign to publish the book we wish our own teachers-and our children's teachers-had well-thumbed copies of in their classrooms.
6. Milwaukee Conference in Anti-Racist, Anti-Bias Teaching-Car pool w/ TSJ to attend our sister org's annual conference!