On the Wrong Side of the Ed. Reform?
Workshop Leaders: Dr. Sherick Hughes and Dr. James Martinez
Session Type(s): Workshop
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Time: 11:30 – 12:45 PM
This workshop will Name Problems. We will brainstorm possibilities and address Disproportionality in the Wake of No Child Left Behind and Race to The Top.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race To the Top (RTTT) implement primarily Type 1 assessments (i.e., multiple choice and short answer format testing) and attaches high stakes to testing in ways that produce un/intended negative consequences. Among those negative consequences are (a) the exacerbation of the disproportionality problem in public schools for too many youth identified as Black, Latino, and impoverished;
These practices result in (b) the exacerbation of the inequity problem experienced by too many English Language Learners (ELLs) in public schools.
This workshop highlights how NCLB exacerbates those two problems, and it necessitates audience participation through a 5-step collaborative problem–‐solving activity developed by Dr. Paul Gorski, scholar activist, and Founder of EdChange.org.
Working in small groups with wall-size post-it notes, participants will address problematic relationships among NCLB/RTTT and disproportionality by:
(a) creating lists of the multiple perspectives/constituents,
(b) considering challenges and opportunities linked to those multiple perspectives/constituents,
(c) brainstorming strategies/approaches,
(d) developing 2–3 key solutions, and
(e) naming/predicting future outcomes that may arise as a result of identified solutions.