Parents and concerned citizens should demand the following things from every school. Consider it a Bill of Educational Rights. Turn this list into a petition and circulate it among all the families in your child’s school. Send it to the school board, the principal, local legislators.
The undersigned insist that our school(s) and all teachers:
- Recognize the broad consensus that early childhood education should be primarily dedicated to free, imaginative play;
- Provide arts programming, recognizing that the arts are critical to all learning and to understanding the human experience;
- Provide ample physical movement, both in physical education classes and in other ways, recognizing that exercise enhances learning for all children;
- Exhibit, in structure and practice, awareness that children develop at different rates and in different ways; that strict age- or grade-level standards and expectations are meaningless and damaging;
- Acknowledge the large body of evidence that long hours of homework are unnecessary and detract from children’s (and families’) quality of life;
- Exhibit genuine affection and respect for all children;
- Honor a wide range of personalities and temperaments;
- Encourage curiosity, risk-taking and creativity;
- Cultivate and sustain intrinsic motivation rather than relying on elaborate extrinsic systems of rewards and punishment;
- Understand that brain research supports active learning, engaging all the senses;
- Understand that children are intelligent in multiple ways and that all these intelligences should be honored and developed;
- Listen to each child’s voice, give them real experience in democratic processes, and allow them to express their individuality;
- Know each child well, appreciate the unique mix of qualities each child brings, and never demean, discourage or humiliate any child.
Trent Bowers is the superintendent of the Worthington, Ohio, Public Schools. This column was adapted from a recent blog post.
One day this month I watched first graders race down a giant slide as we opened a new school playground. The pure joy on their faces was priceless.
It was a great moment in a difficult time. Because, if I’m being honest, for educators like me, going to school right now is just plain hard.
The summaries of chapters 1-14 for The Testing Charade are available for your use as you prepare for the book study, co-hosted by CAPEOhio and PEP. You might find it helpful to bring a copy with you on December 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM. The event will take place at the Bethel International Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220. Click the link here to see the summaries.
CAPE Members created the chapter summaries for you to use as you review your reading of the book. https://wp.me/a4EAfC-kg
LATEST NEWS from CAPE Ohio
Backpack Full of Cash
Free Screening February 8 at 7:00 P.M.
Bethel International United Methodist Church
1220 Bethel Road–Columbus, Ohio 43220
Mark your calendar and get your free tickets now for a screening of the movie, Backpack Full of Cash. The film is a documentary that explores the impact of charter schools on public education. Admission is free, but tickets are required.
Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, BACKPACK FULL OF CASH takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education – starved of resources – hangs in the balance.
CAPE Ohio invited the candidates for Columbus City School Board to send written responses to a set of five questions. Our intent was not to endorse, but to learn of each candidate’s views and plans for improving the quality of education for all children and for strengthening teaching, advising and supporting students and to post responses to the CAPE Ohio website.
To read candidates’ responses and CAPE Ohio’s responses to the candidates, go to https://capeohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/columbus-city-school-board-candidates-2017-v-2-15.pdf
I wanted to make you aware of some important changes in federal education funding with respect to civics. Today, the federal Department of Education released guidance to help states, school districts, and schools provide all students with access to a well-rounded education including civic education. Under that guidance, the Department outlines the criteria for new grants that are available under the ESSA legislation. The funds will be provided to state education agencies that will in turn distribute the funds to districts/schools.
These new grants – called Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) – give districts and schools flexibility to tailor investments based on the unique needs of their student populations. The guidance provides resources, tools, and examples of innovative strategies to support effective implementation of the grant program. Grants under this new source of funding will make their way to schools at different times depending on the timing of the congressional appropriation and your local state agency processes but planning will start now. We expect these funds to be available next school year.
The new grants provide a great opportunity for iCivics to work with you to enhance your civics instructional program. We invite you to create a plan that will address the needs of your school. Plans could include:
– Student workbooks
– Professional learning opportunities
– Video based resources on civic topics
– Project based learning resources
– New technology tools for student civic engagement
It is important for you to have your voice heard and ensure that civics is prioritized as part of your district’s efforts with SSAE grant proposals. Talk with the grant administrators in your district about opportunities like those mentioned above, or if you have other great ideas.
Contact Kelly Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how we could work together to promote engaged citizenship in your school.
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We’re formally launching CAPEOhio.org on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Public Education Partners summit. The Citizen Advocates for Public Education (CAPE) organizers will be at the summit where we will give presentations in the morning and afternoon.
Frances Strickland will be joined by other CAPE organizers to share the 13 fundamental principles for public education that represent our vision for redefining public education. We hope that decision makers—students, parents, teachers, boards of education, legislators, administrators—will use these principles in developing policies and practices before it’s too late.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations on assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In the House of Representatives on Thursday, the House education committee approved new legislation on career and technical education (CTE) and a House appropriations subcommittee passed an education spending bill.
For details and next steps on each, check out this week’s Federal Flash: https://youtu.be/4TCEkuDDpMU
“Federal Flash” is the Alliance for Excellent Education’s five-minute (or less!) video series on important developments in education policy in Washington, DC.
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