JUSTICE NOT JUST-TESTS
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: James Baldwin School
351 West 18th Street
Manhattan, NY 10011
Please note: Applications are due earlier this year than they have been in the past!
- October 27th: Call for Proposals for workshops and Call for Proposals for tables made available
- December 28th: Call for Proposals for workshops due
- January 14th- 20th: Notification of Accepted/Rejected workshops (Please note, we do not have the capacity to provide feedback on rejected proposals.)
- January 14th: Registration Open
- January 23rd: Accepted presenters must confirm participation
- February 1st: Call for Table application due
- February 1st: Program Ads due (email email@example.com for ad info)
- February 27th: Discounted presenter and tabling registration ends
Read Call For Proposals- NOW CLOSED
Submit a Proposal – NOW CLOSED
Goals of the Conference
- To share information and critical thinking around the conference theme, namely imagining possibilities for justice and liberation for education.
- To provide rights-holders in the education system with information and new ideas that can strengthen our effectiveness as activists, both inside and outside of our classrooms (and other sites)
- To forge connections between and among educators, researchers, parents, activists, and students, fostering new and innovative partnerships and collaborations
- To develop structures for ongoing discussion and working groups about education and social justice
- To organize a national voice in the ongoing debate over education reform
- To plan actions, advocacy, future meetings
- To bridge the gap between youth and educators by creating a space to make young voices heard
- To develop and share ideas for inspiring practice, both inside classrooms and in communities
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The current regime of high-stakes testing has stormed Godzilla-like through our schools, leaving anxious students, frustrated teachers, disempowered parents, and decimated school systems in its wake. While ensuring that students are indeed learning is an essential responsibility of educators, the current test-based approach is deeply flawed, perpetuating existing inequities in the service of corporate profits while undermining its purported goals of ensuring a quality education for all.
With historical roots in the eugenics movement, standardized tests originated as a means for justifying racial oppression by arguing that “scientific measurements” provided the basis for a racial hierarchy. Although current rhetoric shies away from an overt ranking of racial groups, the very structure by which such tests are designed is inherently biased. Today’s practices have the detrimental effect of sorting students by race and class and providing them with stratified educational experiences that ultimately reproduce existing inequalities.
The hysteria produced by poor test scores, despite their questionable validity, has led to the gutting of teacher unions, the dehumanization of classrooms, and the wounding of neighborhoods through school closings. While communities continue to suffer, corporations are situated to gain, as the neoliberal alliance between politicians and corporations are aligned in their implementation of these “accountability” policies. Such policies funnel money away from the public system by mandating the use of tests, curricula, and teacher evaluation tools aligned to them — all products developed and marketed by private companies. While public money makes its way to private pockets, the real crises of structural barriers to educational opportunity, such as poverty and racism, are ignored.
Those involved in education are called upon to seek JUSTICE, not just tests in the face of this context that punishes students for the failures of our society and destroys the heart of learning — thinking deeply, dreaming, creating. NYCoRE’s 6th Annual Conference seeks to celebrate and grow the efforts of those resisting the pressures of high stakes testing. How are you working for an education system that is built for people rather than for corporate profits? How are you working to nurture the people within that system, encouraging students, teachers, and parents to be thinking, questioning change-makers, rather than bubble-fillers?
We are seeking proposals relevant to educators in varied settings that focus on a diverse range of topics. Critical political analyses are welcomed, as are curricular ideas, classroom strategies, community work, and other ideas for inspiring practice. We are also seeking workshops that contribute to bridging the gap that often exists between educators and young people by bringing the voices of youth into workshop sessions.