The Top Ten Lies Education Reformers Tell You and…


Session Presenter: Jesse Turner
Session Panelists: Ruth Rodriguez- Fay, Dov Rosenburg, Mark Naison, and Dani Gonzalez
Session Type(s): Panel Presentation
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Room: To Be Arranged

This session will be a panel presentation that helps parents, teachers, higher education faculty, and community activists fight back using a series of actions. All panel members will share the top ten education reform lies, and share the resources that expose them as lies. Additionally, they will share resistance stories and resources that can be used in communities across the country.

Session Speakers

Jesse Turner

Jesse Turner – Director of the Central Connecticut State University Literacy Center

Dr. Jesse Turner lives in Connecticut, where he is the Director of the Central Connecticut State University Literacy Center, teaching advanced clinical graduate courses for literacy specialists. As part of his department’s community engagement mission, the Literacy Center at CCSU provides over $130,000.00 worth of tutoring by certified teachers to local children, free of charge, every year. Dr. Turner works closely on a daily basis with children, parents, and teachers and is an activist and advocate for children, parents, and teachers. He has spoken to audiences across the nation about the problems created by the No Child Left Behind Act.

In 2010 Jesse created the Facebook group “Children Are More Than Test Scores” as a way to connect individuals and communities struggling against the NCLB law. Two years ago Jesse walked 400 miles in 40days from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of the negative impact NCLB/RTTT was having on children, parents, teachers, and schools. With a core group of people he met on his walk, and online, Jesse helped build the coalition that became the Save Our Schools March, and Week of Action. His work includes advocating for children, parents and teachers, chairing conferences, writing grants, and organizing community based projects.

Ruth Rodriguez-Fay

Ruth Rodriguez-Fay – Queens, New York – Queens, New York

Ruth Rodriguez-Fay studied Bilingual Education at Boston University, was a Fellow at MIT where I developed a project on “Violence Prevention for High School”. She has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Atlantic Union College, MA. Ruth taught Kindergarten for 5 years at a Two-Way Bilingual Magnet School in Worcester, MA. Rodriguez-Fay worked as Family and Student coordinator in several schools. She was also a member of the Governor’s Readiness Project-MCAS/Assessment for Massachusetts’ governor, Deval Patrick. Ruth Rodriguez-Fay was the 1st President of Citizens for Public Schools in Boston, MA. Rodriguez-Fay participated as a presenter on diverse issues, one on these being the School to Prison Pipeline out of Harvard University. Her articles on education appear widely.

Mark Naison

Mark Naison– Fordham Professor of African-American Studies and History

Mark Naison is a Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He is a 1966 graduate of Columbia University, and a life long community activist. A tireless crusader spending his days and nights fighting for the other 99%.

He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African-American History, urban history, and the history of sports. His most recent book White Boy: A Memoir, published in the Spring of 2002, was reviewed in the New York Times, the Nation and the Chronicle of Higher Education and was the subject of feature stories on Black Entertainment Television, New York One News and the Tavis Smiley show on National Public Radio. One of his most popular courses at Fordham, From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop: Urban Youth Cultures in Post War America” has also received media attention, becoming the subject of stories on National Public Radio, Bronx Net, and WFUV. His most recent course, “Feeling the Funk: Research Seminar on Music of the African Diaspora” focuses on Latin and Caribbean traditions on American Popular Music.

Dov Rosenberg

Dov Rosenberg – Instructional Technology Facilitator

Dov Rosenberg loves to help teachers use technology. He has been serving North Carolina public school students and teachers for eleven years as a teacher and Instructional Technology Facilitator. He also teaches 6th-8th grade Academically/Intellectually Gifted kids, puts out the yearbook, and sometimes they let him DJ at school dances. He is often on Facebook so send him a friend request He lives in Durham with his wife and daughter, who is starting first grade this year.

Dani Gonzalez

Dani Gonzalez– Parent Activist and Co-Chair ofTime Out From Testing

Dani Gonzalez is a parent activist and mother of two New York City public school children. She is featured in “180 Days Well Spent,” produced by the Center for Immigrant Families/Parent Leadership Project and Center for Inquiry. She is an active PTA member and co-chair of Time Out From Testing.