Teacher Town Hall! And…

NBC’s Education Week is fast upon us. They want to kick it off with a virtual town hall for teachers but you need to register. By the way, I’m not getting paid to post that but now that I read this story, I think I should be!

On the 22nd in D.C. there is a forum in D.C. about public policy and children’s diets. Moderated by Dan Glickman, reason enough to go.  And yes, they’re serving breakfast.

Great policy edujob at the New York Center for Charter School Excellence.

And another turnaround guide, this one from LPA.

5 Replies to “Teacher Town Hall! And…”

  1. I just saw a segment on CNN about a man from the Philippines who has brought education to his country’s poorest citizens by bringing books and instruction to them in a pushcart. This reminds us that schooling is brought to people by teachers of one type or another.

    It’s good news for our own students that people are starting to listen to teachers (even if it’s just for political purposes). Whether “good” or “bad” the fact is that there will be no reform of any kind without the cooperation of the classroom teacher. The sooner we recognize this, the sooner we’ll see improvements for our children.

    The worst possible thing anyone can do for his own child’s education, or for the education of others, is to bash teachers.

  2. I totally agree with that classroom teachers need to be a huge part of the solution. They are the ones that live it day-to-day and, in my conversation with teachers, they often have simple, practical solutions.

    I’m interested to see what happens with the NBC Education Nation spectacular. All the high profile folks will be there and speaking but how is it going to move the needle? On the other hand, it is a huge media push for the issue and perhaps that will generate more action.

    I’m still a fan of the VIVA Project which is a lower key way for teachers to express their opinions and get heard by policymakers ww.vivateachers.org.
    Perhaps the Education Nation attention will drive attention to other forums as well.

    The most important part to all of this is to get past us vs. them and everyone figure out how best to educate our children.


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