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NCLB Outrages

Testing, Teaching, and Taking Action to Improve Education

3rd Annual "Schools of the Future" Conference

April 26, 2008

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Yokum Hall—Room 202

Plattsburgh State University


Dr. William Cala
Retired Superintendent, Teacher, Author, Activist in support of Public Education

Susan Ohanian

Teacher, Author, International Lecturer, Activist in support of Public Education
If you are an in-service educator, pre-service educator, parent, student, community leader, or simply someone who is interested in sharing the vision of giving our children the best education possible, then this conference is for you!

The purpose is to examine high stakes testing and its impact on students and community stakeholders, including parents, past, present and future educators, and community leaders. Stakeholders will be invited to tell their stories of teaching and learning under the umbrella of NCLB.

About the Speakers:
Dr. William Cala was educated in NY State, and has spent his professional education career in our state. Dr. Cala began as a teacher, became a building principal, and then moved on to become superintendent of schools in several districts. He is knowledgeable about the landscape of NY State public education and has been active in working with districts and with the Legislature on initiatives to improve teaching and learning. Dr. Cala will share his insights and observations about teaching, testing, and taking action, in the conference keynote address.

Susan Ohanian, a longtime teacher in NY State, is an author, lecturer and researcher. Ms Ohanian maintains an extensive website that gathers and communicates information related to the standardization of education, which she strongly opposes. Susan travels the country speaking about her concerns, and sharing information about what is happening around the country.

Susan offered a presentation on the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind to a "standing room only" audience, at SUNY Plattsburgh, last December, and we are pleased to have her here again, to focus on how teachers, schools, and districts across the country are responding to the environment of high stakes testing

Sponsored by:
SUNY Plattsburgh Division of Education,
North Country Teacher Resource Center

"But they are not meant to ask questions; they are only meant to answer them"--perhaps the best summation of NCLB I’ve heard-~ Sam Smith ,"The Road to Literacy is Paved with Words, Not Tests"

"NCLB is the main reason I left the classroomâ€Â¦ because I was unable to be the kind of teacher I wanted to beâ€Â¦ instead of teaching my students I was required to drill them endlesslyâ€Â¦ in order to perform well on tests that they did not respect." ~ Elesheva Levin, New Mexico

"To this date, my students have spent an overwhelming 30% of their school year testing, and the academic year is still not over. That's 1/3 of their academic time not being spent on instruction, but sitting in a desk, taking a test." ~ AFT member, during a public hearing on NCLB, May 2006


8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome
9:10 am Dr. William Cala—Keynote with Q & A
11:00 am BREAK
11:15 am Working brown bag lunch—bring your own

a. Dr. Cala works with pre-service students: "Entering the Teaching Profession"

b. Susan Ohanian works with other participants
"History of NCLB; what we need to do to create change"

12:30 pm Breakouts

a. Teacher share classroom strategies

b. Collecting NCLB stories

***Political action letter writing will occur throughout this time period

1:45 pm Closure and next steps

Light morning refreshments will be provided
Bring a bag lunch for the "working brown bag lunch"

Conference Fee: $10.00 per participant

Fill out the registration form (1 per participant) and send it to:
North Country Teacher Resource Center
Room 322 Sibley Hall, SUNY
Plattsburgh NY 12901

Confirmation and directions will be emailed to participants

For further information please contact:

Jean Mockry, PSU
Dr. Douglas Selwyn, PSU

Dr. Jean Ann Hunt, PSU
Peg McCartney, Elem. Teacher

Diane Bonenfant, NCTRC

"I think it’s time to ask the Standardistos: Where’s the test for compassion? For Honesty? For curiosity? For moral commitment? Until they can answer, let’s tell them to shut up."
~Susan Ohanian One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards

— announcement
Plattsburgh State University


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