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
Room: Hoover

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.


Dr. Sherick Hughes and Dr. James Martinez

Dr. Sherick Hughes – Associate Professor. University of North Carolina at Chapel HillDr. Sherick Hughes, Lead Facilitator, is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator of the Cultural Studies and Literacies Program in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His scholarship includes over 40 publications (either accepted, in press or in print) including, peer reviewed research journals, like Educational Researcher; Urban Review; Urban Education; Education & Urban Society; Journal of Black Studies, Race, Ethnicity, and Education; and the International Journal of Inclusive Education. His scholarship also includes several book chapters and three books, including the newly released title, The Evolving Significance of Race. Most recently, Hughes received the 2012 Border Crossers-New York City Award, and he was selected as one of eight honorees from the campus at the 10th Anniversary Gala of the Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education. On Twitter…@SherickHughes

James Martinez, Ph.D., – Assistant Professor. Valdosta State UniversityJames Martinez, Ph.D., Facilitator is a tenure track assistant professor of education at Valdosta State University—USA. He received his doctorate in Education and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His primary research interests are in critical race theory; critical pedagogy; critical consciousness; middle school education; and racial/ethnic inequality. Other research interests include identity development during adolescence and youth gang risk factors, immigration reform, culturally relevant-responsive-sustaining teaching, and differentiated multicultural education instruction. He was a teacher for over a decade in inner-city and urban profile public schools, while coaching football, basketball and track.