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180 Days Well Spent

Susan Notes:

Here's a joyful, close-up look at happy, curious, and engaged children learning in a public school setting. Another very positive feature of the film is that the parents speak out as caring, knowledgeable, and articulate about their children's learning.


"180 Days Well Spent" began with a group of New York City parents who got together to discuss their feelings about the negative impact of high-stakes testing based on their children's experiences. Together, they began to think about and envision what a good classroom and school would look like without high-stakes tests. They teamed up with an amazing group of educators and began to explore issues like: What is it that we WANT for our children and for our schools and communities? What makes a good school? What do our children need and deserve to ensure their right to a high-quality education? If we know high stakes tests don't measure our children's learning, what does?

The film was shot in the Ella Baker School, a small PreK-8th gr magnet public school in Manhattan's District 2 (Upper East Side).

The file was made by the Center for Inquiry in Teaching and Learning and the Center for Immigrant Families. It is in English and Spanish, with subtitles.

— Center for Inquiry in Teaching and Learning & the Center for Immigrant Fami



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