Here are my Notes from my table discussion:
Faces of Teacher Advocacy: Impacting Student Literacy Achievement
Dr. Jesse Patrick Turner: Central Connecticut State University
t is important to understand that every teacher is already an advocate and activist for children in their classroom. Teachers advocate for children in the classroom every day, with a smile, a gentle touch on the shoulder, saying great job, can we work on this together, sitting next to their students, every good morning, and every walk don’t run. There are many ways to advocate for children, but advocating for public education and for our fellow teachers requires everyone to step up their game.
1. Our Teaching Stories Matter: Teachers are advocates for children, learning, parents, their public schools and communities. Our roles as advocates have been and are threatened by the following three Federal pieces of legislation, NCLB, RTTT and ESSA. Under NCLB the reading specialists I helped to prepare began telling me they felt like they were committing education malpractice.
I began collecting their resistance stories in 2003, Sharing them at local, state and national level.
This blog welcomes readers who believe that No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top are misguided educational reform policies that rely too heavily on standardized test scores that are too focused on punitive measures against local schools. This is also the diary of Jesse Turner's 2010/15 walks to Washington DC from Connecticut, and his occupation of the DOE in DC with United Opt Out, and his opposition to ESSA.
Silence and apathy are not acceptable. My blog has 99,332 views since 2010. http://childrenaremorethantestscores.blogspot.com
This is a group created by Professor of Reading and Language Arts Jesse Turner that, welcomes new members who believe that No Child Left Behind, Race To The Top, and the Common Core are misguided educational reform policy that relies too heavily on standardized test scores and is too focused on punitive measures against children, teachers, and local schools.https://www.facebook.com/groups/Childrenaremorethantestscroes/
A movement that brought 10,000 people to DC in 2011. In 2015 I walked to the BAT March On Washington. My keynote address called for students, teachers, and parents to march on DC in 2016. SOS March formed a coalition that once again marched on DC. The People’s March for Public Education and the SOS Coalition Activists Conference http://saveourschoolsmarch.org/…/thanks-gratitude-from-the…/
Jesse The Walking Man Turner
If you like to listen to the song that inspired my walk this morning in Atlanta its Sweet Honey in the Rock signing "We Will Shall Not Be Moved https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98KqL8hqzaU