Student Voices in Education
Session Presenters: Mediators: Ceresta Smith and Susan DuFresne
Student Panelists: Nikhil Goyal, Stephanie Rivera, and Zak Malamed
Session Type(s): Panel
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Time: Saturday, 9:45-11:15
Room: To Be Arranged
Under the current system, students are increasingly unhappy with the corporate reformer’s demands. Months of their lives are spent either in test-prep or testing in a high-stakes system that is designed to fail every school in America. This top-down stress impacts students, while they are encouraged to go to college that is often not affordable, and to get a degree that will not necessarily lead to a career job.
Many students are labeled failures, increasingly drop out, end up in minimum-wage jobs, or become victims of the school-to-prison pipeline.
This panel will tell you how you can join us to create a movement that will stop this corporate take-over of public education and lift the burden placed on all students via student activism and partnerships with all stakeholders.
Ceresta Smith, an American University alumna, is a twenty-three-year veteran educator who has taught grades six through twelve reading and language arts, as well as beginning and advanced television production. She earned her National Board Certification in Adult/Young Adult English/language arts in 2002, and now serves as a teacher leader and mentor.As a committed educator, activist and education blogger, Ms. Smith founded the Concerned Teacher Coalition in 2009 to address the inequities in Miami-Dade County’s predominantly African-American public schools. One of the original Event Planning Committee members of Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, she continues to champion for equity and quality pedagogy in America’s public schools. Currently, she is one of the founders and administrators of United Opt Out National, an organization that is working to end the destructive nature of high stakes testing – a tool used by corporate profiteers to facilitate the privatization of public education. Ceresta is also regular blogger, her education articles can be found on Daily Kos and in other periodicals..
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