Reclaiming Childhood and Restoring Teacher Voice in the Age of Standards-Based Accountability

The ECE contingent at the NPE conference was small, but vociferous. One of the sessions, which I moderated and Susan DuFresne filmed live on her smartphone, was amazing. Bianca Tanis, Michelle Gunderson, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, and Denisha Jones (left to right after me in photo) weighed in on the challenges in their cities and states and strategies for making change. View Session →

New York State’s Crisis in Early Education – Teachers Speak Out

As experience teaches us, we can’t ignore the forces of realpolitik and the torturously slow time line of making change. In New York, childhood and early learning are in crisis. Teachers of young children and other advocates for the whole child have been screaming this from the rooftops. Is anyone listening?From our letter to NY’s top education policymakers, inspired by Peter Rawitsch, to our #LetKidsBKids Thunderclap, we have continued to make a strong case for scrapping the PreK-2nd grade standards. In this video—footage edited by Bianca Tanis for a forthcoming documentary—early educators speak straight from the heart about how children learn, the critical importance of play, and the challenges they face today.

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#LetKidsBKids—Support ECE Voices at Thunderclap

More than 350 ECE teachers, professors, principals, and superintendents have signed our letter to top policymakers telling them to press pause on NY’s flawed PreK-2 ELA standards. Please sign the letter, and support #LetKidsBKids. Mark your calendar for the Thunderclap @ECEPolicyWorks, June 6, 2017, 8-9 p.m. EDT.

March for Education Justice

On March 4, 10,000 New Yorkers braved the cold in eight marches in support of educational equity and justice. The state has a 10-year outstanding debt to the children of $4.3 billion, deemed a violation to a “sound basic education” by New York’s highest court. Take action here.

Save Public Education: Contact Your U.S. Senators and Collins and Murkowsi #DumpDeVos

Our voices are making a difference. All members of the HELP committee spoke of the flood of emails and calls they’d received in opposition to Betsy DeVos. Collins and Murkowski voted to send her name to the floor, but they may not confirm her. If you haven’t gotten through—the phone lines are jammed—send a letter.


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