As you plan your weekend, consider joining a conversation on Saturday afternoon, October 11—PUBLIC EDUCATION NATION, a series of panels that will bring authentic educators to speak to crucial education issues that are too often tracked in the media by people who have little experience with public schools. The voices of teachers, principals, and others close to public schools have too often been absent. The program begins at noon (Eastern) and concludes at 5 PM (Eastern).
PUBLIC EDUCATION NATION will be live-streamed from a public school in Brooklyn, New York. If you’ll be in New York City on Saturday and would like to attend in person, you can register here. The school is Brooklyn New School at 610 Henry Street.
But if, like me, you are not anywhere near New York City, you can still participate. The event will be live-streamed starting at noon, (Eastern) (9 AM Pacific time) and concluding at 5 PM (Eastern). Here is the url for the live stream: http://www.schoolhouselive.org.
You may, of course, listen all afternoon or choose the segments you care most about. Here are the five panels (in the order in which they will appear):
Testing and the Common Core — New York Principal of the Year Carol Burris will moderate a conversation with educators Takeima Bunche-Smith, Rosa Rivera-McCutchen and Alan Aja. Burris is an award winning New York City high school principal and frequent guest writer about the Common Core on Valerie Strauss’s “Answer Sheet” blog on the website of the Washington Post.
Support Our Schools, Don’t Close Them — Chicago teacher Xian Barrett will talk with education professor Yohuru Williams and two high school student organizers—Hiram Rivera of the Philadelphia Student Union, and Tanaisa Brown of the Newark Student Union.
Charter Schools — North Carolina writer and activist Jeff Bryant will host a discussion with New Orleans parent activist Karran Harper Royal, New York teacher and blogger Gary Rubinstein, and Connecticut writer and activist Wendy Lecker. Bryant edits the weekly newsletter of the Education Opportunity Network, a publication for which he writes the lead column. He is also a frequent writer for Salon.com.
Authentic Reform Success Stories — Network for Public Education executive director Robin Hiller will talk with New York teacher and activist Brian Jones, and Greg Anrig, author of Beyond the Education Wars: Evidence That Collaboration Builds Effective Schools.
Diane Ravitch and Jitu Brown, In Conversation — The event will conclude with a conversation between two national leaders in the struggle to protect public schools: community activist Jitu Brown and Diane Ravitch. Together they will consider what kind of progress is being made to build a movement for real improvement in our schools. Brown is among the most effective parent community organizers in America today—a longtime leader in Chicago’s Kenwood-Oakland Association where he has led protests against the closure of public schools—and now an organizer with the national Journey4Justice Alliance, where he has been involved in protests in Philadelphia and Newark. Diane Ravitch, of course, is one of the founders of the Network for Public Education. She is a well known education historian and author who has most recently has published Reign of Error and The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
Here is how the Network for Public Education describes its mission: “The Network for Public Education is an advocacy group whose goal is to fight to protect, preserve and strengthen our public school system, an essential institution in a democratic society. Our mission is to protect, preserve, promote, and strengthen public schools and the education of current and future generations of students.”