Thursday, July 13, 2017

‘Go Public’, Trauma Informed Education and EnCorps

‘Go Public’, Trauma Informed Education and EnCorps:

‘Go Public’, Trauma Informed Education and EnCorps

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 Go Public Project - http://gopublicproject.org/




 By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

A story of intrigue, real education reform and wealthy ignorance.

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A film maker, Rita Grant, called asking me to join an expert education panel at San Diego State University (SDSU). She said she found me when reading Diane Ravitch’s blog and thought I would be a good fit. The event was a screening of the film “Go Public” at EnCorps’ Summer Residential Institute, followed by question and answers with the panel. I was not familiar with EnCorps, “Go Public” or Rita but nothing ventured nothing gained. So, I went.
I arrived at the Aztec Student Center in time to see about 150 people in matching EnCorps tee-shirts posing for pictures. Apparently, all of them had worked in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field and were recruited by EnCorps to enter the teaching profession. I was pleased to learn that it wasn’t another fraudulent path to becoming a teacher. Encorps recruits STEM professionals to become teachers or tutors. If they choose to teach, they must complete an accredited teacher certification course.
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I met a wonderful group of people, but their organization’s reason for being is misinformed. It’s another education reform organization created by a well-connected misinformed rich person with little relevant training or experience in education, Sherry Lansing.
To be fair unlike many wealthy education philanthropists, Lansing does have some experience. Her foundation web site says, she “spent four years after college teaching high school English and math at public schools ‘Go Public’, Trauma Informed Education and EnCorps:

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