Over the past few months I have traveled around the country to speak to audiences about the lessons of the historic victory of the Seattle MAP test boycott. Since spring break, I have spoken at the AERA academic conference in San Fransisco, at a high school in Portland with test resisters, to the teacher’s union and Rethinking Schools in Milwaukee, with the CTU president and at the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago, with the MORE teacher caucus in New York city, at the Advancement Project’s convention in Washington, D.C., and at the National Education Association’s conference/RA in Atlanta–with trips to D.C., Minneapolis, Eugene, and beyond still to come.
So far, the tour has been a major success. Between all the events I have spoken at, hundreds of parents, students, and teachers have attended, shared powerful stories of their own resistance, and asked thoughtful questions to figure out how they might build a more powerful resistance. School districts around the nation have reason to worry about the explosion of boycotts and opt-outs against the tests next year!
Here are links to some of the highlights of the tour:
In Washington, D.C. I spoke at the Advancement Project’s national forum
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At the same conference I participated in a workshop session with Julie Fain and Stephanie Rivera, available here.
In San Fransisco I conducted this interview with FSRN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvNCWaChzEw
Stay tuned for a stop near you!