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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be published on EdGeeks. Please feel free to submit your own work too. We are collecting pieces from students, teachers and families.
When did you know? Complete this sentence by leaving a comment: I knew I needed to do something when…