Refuse the field tests happening in your child’s school!

Check out the info at Change The Stakes

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TACD Summer Institute- My workshop on “College and Career Readiness” for Pre-K/K students

On Friday June 27th, there will be a really interesting FREE summer institute at NYU’s Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD). 

Check out the list of presentations and if you’re interested in deconstruction notions of college and career readiness for Pre-K and K children from a critical race and class perspective, this is the link to my workshop.  I’d love to see you there!

I also want to highly recommend you check out Kristian Orozco’s workshop on boys and emotional smarts. He did a powerful workshop at the Little Chairs, Big Differences early childhood diversity conference and many people were appreciative of what they learned there.

Hope to see you there!

March & Rally to Save Public Education 5/17!

I meant to post this much earlier but better late than never.
Tomorrow there’s a march and rally to save public education in lower Manhattan. Here is the flyer with more information.

It’s so important for people to make their voices heard to the powers that be. Public education is being eroded by corporate interests, test & punish policies and terrible education policies set by those who don’t understand children, child development and true family engagement.

I encourage you to go to this march and rally to learn more, meet like minded folks and show your support for true quality public education for all children.

Nominated for a BAMMY award- please vote!

I was nominated for a BAMMY award- which is an award for educators with many different categories. While I am very grateful, personally, for the nomination, I’m also excited that the nomination may allow me to bring more exposure to issues of equity and access to high quality preschool for all children, and to issues of policy and social justice in early childhood education.

I’m grateful to Susan Oschorn for the nomination and encourage you to visit her blog: ECE Policy Works. She shares critical insights and important information about the intersections of early childhood education and policy.

Please take a moment and vote for me:
Vote for Takiema in the BAMMY awards!

Thank you!

Progressive early childhood education: Inspiration from Sweden- TODAY!

I am a respondent on this wonderful panel happening tonight at Brooklyn College and invite you to join the audience. I met with all the Swedish educators on Friday and was very much inspired by our conversations and exchanges of information. It’s very important that all people step outside of their usual ways of seeing things because that’s where true envisioning of best practices can occur. This should be a fruitful discussion after their presentations.

The Brooklyn College Department of Early Childhood and Art Education and the Brooklyn College School of Education are delighted to invite you to an upcoming event on the Brooklyn College campus. We will hold a presentation and discussion titled Universal Preschool in Sweden: Inspiration for Progressive Early Childhood Education at 6 PM on May 5, 2014. We hope that you will attend and that you will also invite your students, alumni, and interested colleagues — professors, teachers, parents and politicians — from around New York City.
Sweden is internationally lauded for its public, comprehensive, accessible and affordable Educare system, which provides all Swedish young children with some of the very best care and education. Monica Nilsson, our speaker, is a well-known professor of education who has recently been selected to advise the Swedish Educational Agency on the universal early childhood transition class (six year old class) in relation to a proposal for changing the Swedish school start age. Jeanette Thure, Elin Johansson and Anna-Karin Grandqvist, who will show slides of their work, are master preschool teachers from the internationally recognized HallonEtt Swedish preschool.
These guests will share with us the Swedish system of education and care for young children. Respondents representing various stakeholders within our own early childhood education systems will then lead us in reflecting upon the lessons that we can take from universal preschool in Sweden as we move forward with universal prekindergarten in New York City.

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Teachers refuse to administer high stakes tests!

It’s very exciting to watch the movement build- as more and more teachers, administrators and parents stand up for all children and for what is right!

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: April 29, 2014
CONTACT:
Emily Giles, e.giles@ihsph.org, (917) 575-2936
Emily Wendlake, emilywendlake@gmail.com, (413) 657-7255
Rosie Frascella, r.frascella@ihsph.org, (917) 767-1001
Anita Feingold-Shaw, afeingoldshaw@gmail.com, (510) 872-1712

**Media Advisory**
26 Teachers and Staff of International High School at Prospect Heights refuse to give NYC ELA Performance Assessment Test

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:45-8:20am,

WHERE: International High School at Prospect Heights, 883 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

WHAT: Teachers will hold a press conference to announce their refusal to administer the NYC ELA Performance Assessment. 26 teachers and staff at Prospect Heights International High School are refusing to administer a new assessment that is part of the new teacher evaluation system pushed by Bloomberg’s DOE and the UFT last spring. 50% of parents have opted their children out of the test. The high school serves almost exclusively recently arrived English Language Learners.

WHY: The test was constructed and formatted without any thought for the 14% of New York City students for whom English is not their first language. The level of English used in the pre-test administered in the Fall was so far above the level of our beginner ELLs that it provided little to no information about our students’ language proficiency or the level of their academic skills.

Furthermore, the test was a traumatic and demoralizing experience for students. Many students, after asking for help that teachers were not allowed to give, simply put their heads down for the duration. Some students even cried.

Teachers at Prospect Heights are drawing a line with this test. Standardized, high stakes test dominate our schools, distort our curriculum and make our students feel like failures. This test serves no purpose for the students, and ultimately only hurts them.

26 Teachers have signed a letter to Chancellor Farina declaring that they will not give the exam. The letter expresses gratitude for Farina’s immediate turn around of the DOE’s attitude toward teachers, and asks that the Chancellor reconsider the use of the NYC ELA Performance Assessment with English Language Learners.

WHO: Teachers and support staff from the International High School at Prospect Heights.

RSVP: This event is open to press and coverage is welcome.

The International High School at Prospect Heights is a public high school located in Brooklyn, NY. Read their letter to Chancellor Farina at

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: April 29, 2014
CONTACT: Emily Giles, e.giles@ihsph.org, (917) 575-2936
Emily Wendlake, emilywendlake@gmail.com, (413) 657-7255
Rosie Frascella, r.frascella@ihsph.org, (917) 767-1001
Anita Feingold-Shaw, afeingoldshaw@gmail.com, (510) 872-1712

**Media Advisory**
26 Teachers and Staff of International High School at Prospect Heights refuse to give NYC ELA Performance Assessment Test

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:45-8:20am,

WHERE: International High School at Prospect Heights, 883 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

WHAT: Teachers will hold a press conference to announce their refusal to administer the NYC ELA Performance Assessment. 26 teachers and staff at Prospect Heights International High School are refusing to administer a new assessment that is part of the new teacher evaluation system pushed by Bloomberg’s DOE and the UFT last spring. 50% of parents have opted their children out of the test. The high school serves almost exclusively recently arrived English Language Learners.

WHY: The test was constructed and formatted without any thought for the 14% of New York City students for whom English is not their first language. The level of English used in the pre-test administered in the Fall was so far above the level of our beginner ELLs that it provided little to no information about our students’ language proficiency or the level of their academic skills.

Furthermore, the test was a traumatic and demoralizing experience for students. Many students, after asking for help that teachers were not allowed to give, simply put their heads down for the duration. Some students even cried.

Teachers at Prospect Heights are drawing a line with this test. Standardized, high stakes test dominate our schools, distort our curriculum and make our students feel like failures. This test serves no purpose for the students, and ultimately only hurts them.

26 Teachers have signed a letter to Chancellor Farina declaring that they will not give the exam. The letter expresses gratitude for Farina’s immediate turn around of the DOE’s attitude toward teachers, and asks that the Chancellor reconsider the use of the NYC ELA Performance Assessment with English Language Learners.

WHO: Teachers and support staff from the International High School at Prospect Heights.

RSVP: This event is open to press and coverage is welcome.

The International High School at Prospect Heights is a public high school located in Brooklyn, NY. Read their letter to Chancellor Farina at http://www.standupoptout.wordpress.com

BUST Craftacular 5/4/14

I love crafting- specifically yarn crafting. Once I got back into knitting as an adult, it opened a whole new world up of DIY and crafting. There’s not enough time in the day to do all the fun crafts that exist. I think it’s why I never look at Pinterest. I don’t want to be reminded of the many crafts I could be doing but don’t have the time to do.
This looks like a fun event for those of us who are interested in the crafty, the creative and free swag: Bust Craftacular!

FREE doula training in Brooklyn!

I went to the Momsrising conference last year and one of the many things I learned was that the NYC Department of Health had been awarded a sizeable grant to increase access to and information about breast feeding, particularly in low income communities.
A friend who is active in breast feeding awareness & support posted this info about a free doula training. Doulas are very helpful in supporting women to understand all their birthing and feeding options and can help support moms with breastfeeding.
What a great opportunity!

I hope that many people apply and participate in this training which is geared towards those who live in or near Bed Stuy and Brownsville.

Check it out!

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Town Hall with Chancellor Fariña (D 15)

The District 15 Community Education Council
Presents: A Town Hall Event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6th

P.S. 172
825 4th Avenue, at 43rd Street-Brooklyn, NY 10032

All District 15 Parents are urged to attend!

Issues and Concerns for District 15 will be addressed.

We encourage you to email us your concerns
**Interpretation services
Follow-up the CEC15 Public Meeting from 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Pizza will be served