EVENT SCHEDULE

March 12, 2016  
1-5pm

The fliers for this event can be found here.


1:00 pm


Registration and sign-in

($5-$10 donation requested)
 

1:20 pm


OPENING SESSION

Welcome

What are the issues affecting our schools?
 

1:45 pm   


WORKSHOP SESSION I

  • CLASS SIZE
    (Class Size Matters)
    How does class size affect the quality of education in Jackson Heights and NYC?
    What is being done?
    How we can support lower class-size?
    Powerpoint Slides
     
  • DUAL LANGUAGE BILINGUAL EDUCATION
    (Kathryn Carpenter, Melissa Sanabria & Kate Menken, CUNY)
    What is dual-language bilingual education?
    What are the benefits?
    How can we create more opportunities for dual language education? 
  • TESTING AND OPTING OUT
    (local parents)
    Why is so much time spent on ELA and math at the expense of science, arts, and gym?
    What are all of the tests our kids take?
    How can we know about them?
    What do the results mean?
    How can we move our education system away from a focus on the tests?
    What are the implications of opting out? 

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
    (local early childhood teachers)
    How has kindergarten changed over the decades?
    Why is play-based learning best for this age and what does it look like?
    How can parents advocate for what our children need?

  • KIDS' WORKSHOP - 2nd to 7th graders
    (IndyKids Newspaper)

    In this interactive workshop, participants will research online to find out how much money is owed to their school under the New York State Court order, and decide what they would like to see their school do with that money.

2:30 pm

Visit the advocacy tables to write your letters!
 

2:45 pm

Workshop Session II

  • CLASS SIZE
    (Class Size Matters)

    How does class size affect the quality of education in Jackson Heights and NYC?
    What is being done?
    How we can support lower class-size?

  • DUAL LANGUAGE BILINGUAL EDUCATION
    (Kathryn Carpenter, Melissa Sanabria, and Kate Menken, CUNY)
    What is dual-language bilingual education?
    What are the benefits?
    How can we create more opportunities for dual language education?

  • TESTING AND OPTING OUT
    (local parents)
    Why is so much time spent on ELA and math at the expense of science, arts, and gym?
    What are all of the tests our kids take?
    How can we know about them?
    What do the results mean?
    How can we move our education system away from a focus on the tests?
    What are the implications of opting out?
     
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
    (local early childhood teachers)
    How has kindergarten changed over the decades?
    Why is play-based learning best for this age and what does it look like?
    How can parents advocate for what our children need?
     
  • KIDS' WORKSHOP - 2nd to 7th graders
    (IndyKids Newspaper)
    What are the New York State standardized tests?
    What do they show about what we know?
    Why did 20% of New York State students choose not to take the tests last year?

    Students will share their experiences with and opinions of standardized testing and work together to answer the question: “What is education for?”

3:15 pm

Visit the advocacy tables to write your letters!
 

3:45 pm  

Parent Power

(Nuala O'Doherty, CEC District 30, and Make the Road NY)
What are all of the ways you can advocate for your child and your school?
Participants will learn about the education bodies and leaders that parents can approach and how to be heard. We will hear examples of how parents successfully organized to reduce school overcrowding.

Nuala O’Doherty’s Presentation (PDF)
 

4:15 pm

Putting it All Together

A sharing of what we’ve learned


Keynote

How can parents and community members protect and defend our public schools?

(Council Member Daniel Dromm)

Illustrated notes on Nuala O’Doherty’s and Daniel Dromm’s presentations, by Jonny Goldstein


5:00 pm

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