Illinois – Urban, Title 1
|Biography *I am a lifelong educator. I began my teaching career with Kindergarten students. I taught grades three, four, seven and eight, as well as college level students. I hold a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Currently, I serve as National Director for Save Our Schools March.
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I am the oldest of seven children. Perhaps, that is why I thought to enter education. As the eldest, I felt that I might be a model for my brothers and sisters. Coming from a large family, I understood the quality of a connection makes all the difference. I currently reside in Chicago Illinois. This central location allows for easy travel to all who mean much to me. I have a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren who live in Los Angeles, the city in which I once resided.
Consistent with my sense of Humanity, I began my activism during the Vietnam era as a Peace advocate. I am “officially” recognized as a Conscientious Objector. I have worked continuously to bring about the end of war as an option. I strive to achieve, and envision an Earth where we all will act to solve problems between human beings. [Indeed, I think this relates to the dynamics within a classroom. We work to unravel complexities that might cause problems.] Each Saturday I demonstrate for Peace. Upon reflection, the three tiers of my live are one. In classrooms, homes, and in the world, the same is true. When we honor the Whole Child or Adult , schools, societies and families are safe, sane, secure, or in accordance with this education Movement, “saved.”
I believe my career in education and commitment to end combat are one. The labor of love, teaching to the Whole Child is natural extension of my Peace activism. The two, in tandem, took me into Save Our Schools March and Call to Action. Once there I saw a need; funds, coupled with strong feelings, would ensure the ultimate success of a Movement. Thus, as I have throughout my life, I embraced the dual-cause. I served as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Save Our Schools March and Call to Action. While many might say the March, the Conference, and the Congress were a great success, I believe the work is not done. The endeavor to realize a dream remains with me. With enthusiasm I wish to continue the effort to Save Our Schools.
My vision for Save Our Schools, while expansive, can be stated succinctly. I wish to build on the broad momentum created during the year-long effort that gave birth to a Rally and March in Washington DC on July 30th 2011. I envision an organization that coordinates with regional grassroots groups, supports their efforts, and shares best practices. At the same time, I believe Save Our Schools; The Movement cannot be separate from pedagogy, parenting, policy and politics. All are inextricably intertwined.
In order to establish a connection between community and the Save Our Schools cause, research must be made more real for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, the childless and Politicians. To merely document School reforms, those characterized as “successful” or “failures,” is not enough. We must act on evidence if we re to achieve Democratic Community Learning Centers. More importantly, I believe, we must remind “mature minds” of what it means to be a child and find joy in learning.
Perhaps, if people remember what school was like for them as a child, parents and Politicians will realize the errors of their testing ways. As we, within Save Our Schools know well, a Teacher, tot, or teen evaluated, rewarded or punished based solely on a test score, will not soar.
I think it vital that, together; we work to ensure that practices adopted bring about educational benefits for the students, parents and teachers. Each is engaged in America’s Public Schools or will be if doors are open wide, and what is inside welcomes one and all. With me on the Executive Committee, I trust we will actively publicize and advocate for reforms that our research shows authentically work. I know I will. I also believe I can help build the momentum. I have in the past. My commitment has not waned. Indeed, it intensifies each day.
At a national level, I trust Save Our Schools will undertake actions. This means we must reach out to those not intimately involved in education. Parents and pupils are the best preachers. Politicians and policymakers listen to Moms, Dads, Grandparents, and their progeny.
I believe a Second and Third Annual March and Rally in Washington DC would be essential, as well as regionally planned and supported efforts to rally parents, students and teachers. Our most recent Conference, Rally, and March, showed us as individuals that the intensity of a steadfastness grows when support is seen, heard, and felt, at least this is true for me.
Active cross pollination and collaboration with Parent’s groups, Unions, schools of Education and ad hoc groups such as Occupy Wall Street would be fostered and facilitated if Save Our Schools spoke to more than Educators. Mothers and fathers are already intimately involved in education, their offspring, more so. I see Save Our Schools, The Movement as an expression of the unity. We advocate for the Whole, Child, Community, and Country.
Drawing from the resources that are America, a Speakers Bureau of leading activists, such as Linda Darling-Hammond, Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier and Jonathon Kozol would be created and supported. Doctor and Congresswoman Judy Chu, might also address education as it relates to policy and politics. There are many persons from every profession who might easily be part of an Association of Education Advocates. I believe such an esteemed collective will bring the best of current thought to the broadest audiences.
Save Our Schools, in conjunction with other organizations who have an interest in children and schools, would support film screenings and discussions throughout the country Expanding the conversation advances awareness. Change comes when people know what is, what might be better, how and what they might create.
Our mission and complementary efforts will be to educate the American populace, energize it, and mobilize it to bring about meaningful reforms. All that Save Our Schools does will assure Free Quality Public Education. The vision is the mission, authentic quality education and the Save Our Schools Movement secured.
• Teacher, Kindergarten through College level [nine years of teaching experience]
• Teacher for severely emotionally disturbed children [two and one half years]
• Administer Title One services to “At-Risk” Students [fourteen years experience]
• Save Our Schools Fundraising Chairman
• Save Our Schools Executive Committee Member
• Peace Activist [since my youth]
• Father and Grandfather [delighted to be forever]
• Leader, Oak Park, Illinois Peace Corner
• Peace and Justice Volunteer, Illinois
• Save Our Schools Chicago Regional Group Activist and Member
• Senior Vice President Education Company committed to equal access quality education