Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: At yesterday's press conference

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: At yesterday's press conference:

At yesterday's press conference

Isabel Nuñez from Concordia Univ. at  press conference
I went to yesterday's press conference to stand with other academics in support of
 (CReATE). The research group presented its "Open Letter of Concern Regarding Chicago’s Implementation of Legislation for the Evaluation of Teachers and Principals" to the mayor yesterday.

Academics from 15 universities, including many that run teacher education programs, warned in the letter that relying heavily on student test scores to evaluate teachers will negatively impact students. CPS is currently in negotiations with the teachers union over a new evaluation system, which state law requires be in place in atleast 300 CPS schools by fall. I signed on to the letter and took part in the press conference, but thought the statement could have been stronger in its recommendations. It currently calls on the mayor to,