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Oct. 23 Conference: Parents and Teachers Speak Out on Authentic Education Reform
Contact: Maria Terrone
Executive Director of Communications
(718) 997-5591
Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5590



-- N.Y.C. Council Members Eva Moskowitz, John Liu, Gayle Brewer, and Robert Jackson
To Participate in October 23 Conference at Queens College --



“Authentic Education Reform: Parents and Teachers Speak Out!”
is a major educational conference that will explore new ways to achieve much-needed education reform in New York City and nationwide. It is co-sponsored by The Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education, The Center for Equity Studies Research (Queens College) and The Center for Collaborative Education.




Saturday, October 23, 2004
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
2 - 4 pm: City Council Members join key speakers in discussion
Councilmembers: Eva Moskowitz, chair of Education Committee, John Liu; Gayle Brewer; Robert Jackson, lead plaintiff in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
WHERE: LeFrak Concert Hall
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, New York
FEE: $25.00 (includes breakfast and box lunch). Members of the media are
admitted free with credentials.
SCHEDULE: 9:30 am:
Panel of New York City Teachers: “I Thought I Was a Professional”
Led by Penny Colman, Distinguished Lecturer at Queens College, award- winning children’s author and education activist.

10:30 am:
Presentation and Dialogue
“The Consequences of ‘No Child Left Behind’ in the Larger Political, Economic, and Social Context”
Sonia Nieto, Professor of Education, University of Massachusetts, an expert on the education of Latinos, immigrants and other culturally diverse
groups; and Joel Spring, Professor of Education, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Workshops and box lunch.
• How Scientific are the Scientific Phonics Programs?
• The Relentless Testing of Children
• The Campaign for Fiscal Equity in New York
• “Educational Reform” and the Child with Disabilities
• What Ever Happened to the Rest of the Curriculum?
• The Role of Teacher Education in the Current Climate
• The Role of Parents in Authentic Educational Reform
• Bill Gates and the Vision of Small Schools in New York – Thirty
Years of Experience
• The Community and Its Impact on Education
• The Effort to Privatize Education
• Equitable Pedagogy in the Urban Classroom

2:00 pm:
Presentation and Dialogue
“Authentic Educational Reform – What Does It Look Like and How Do We Bring It About?”
City Council members; Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor Of Education, University of Illinois, a school reform activist; and Susan Ohanian, long-time public school teacher, award-winning educational advisor for the John Dewey Project on Progressive Education at the University of Vermont, and author of 20 books including Caught in the Middle: Nonstandard Kids and a Killing Curriculum

4:30 pm:
Reception and Poster Session

Despite the current widespread debate over educational issues, schools in New York and throughout the country remain consistently underfunded. Recent years have seen a rapid increase in reform efforts that emphasize high-stakes testing and the imposition of mandated and scripted curricula. Coupled with inadequate funding and resources, these policies have limited the opportunities for teachers to exercise their professional judgment and creativity in meeting the needs of their students. This conference will examine the situation in New York City as well as the national consequences of “No Child Left Behind.” Conference participants will explore alternatives for achieving authentic educational reform within the context of a growing national movement to unite teachers, parents, and policymakers on behalf of American schoolchildren. For directions to Queens College, visit:


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(718) 997- 5597

Maria Matteo
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Queens Hall, Room 270B
(718) 997-5593

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