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A Call to Action: Submit your work to show that you are Pro-Learning

Calling All Teachers and Parents:  I recently came across a group of parents in NYC (Change the Stakes) who have chosen to Opt Out of standardized testing. I have been moved by the actions they have taken to ensure that their children get the best possible education. Although I am pretty sure we can all agree that creativity, high engagement, imagination and innovation are key factors in learning, not all of us are ready to Opt Out. There has to be something in between…a way for people to show their support without putting their children or their jobs at risk. That is why EdGeeks is creating the Pro-Learning project. 

If you don’t feel comfortable with the direction in which education is heading, then let’s do something about it together. I was a classroom teacher for years. I was busy. I was tired. I was frustrated, and perhaps scared of the consequences…but to bring learning back into classrooms, we must bring the voices from the field together to raise awareness about the issues surrounding high stakes testing. That means teachers, students, families and administrators should begin engaging in or leading conversations in their community. If you are not ready to Opt Out, read below to find out what you can do to show your support.

Not sure where to start? I really like this one pager from Change the Stakes. It gives a ton of information and provides a network for NYC families.

http://changethestakes.wordpress.com/

For students, teachers and parents who are concerned that standardized testing and test preparation has impeded authentic and creative learning in the classroom, here is something simple you can do to show your support! 
  • Give your students (or your child) a meaningful HW assignment: “Create a piece of writing or art which captures a moment when you felt that standardized testing or test preparation got in the way of your learning.” Submit all work to marisa@edgeeks.com to be published on EdGeeks. Please feel free to submit your own work too. We are collecting pieces from students, teachers and families. 
I knew I needed to do something last week when an 8-year old asked me, “Will you still love me if I get a 1?” (True story!)

When did you know? Complete this sentence by leaving a comment: I knew I needed to do something when…

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