Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Events Celebrating Progressive, Democratic Education

The Teachers' Inquiry Project, in partnership with DePaul University and Francis Parker School, is hosting a visit of educators from Mission Hill Public School, an urban progressive school in Boston.  The two events below will focus on the question of how public schools can offer child-centered, progressive, democratic schooling in an era of standardization, high stakes testing and accountability.

Please join us for these free events!

April 23, 7-9 pm: Good Morning Mission Hill film screening at Francis Parker School, followed by a panel discussion on democratic education with Chicago educators, and Ann Ruggiero and Ayla Gavins of Mission Hill School. Through an intimate look at the inner workings of a public urban school, this event aims to inspire thinking, dialogue, and democratic action on meaningful education for all students.

April 24, 6-9 pm: DePaul School of Education Spring Forum: A forum and discussion with the principal of Mission Hill Public School in Boston, Ayla Gavins, and a faculty member, Ann Ruggiero, with the framing question: So much discussion of education practice and policy today is centered on critique -- of high stakes testing, value-added measures for teacher evaluation, growth of charters, de-professionalization of teaching through short alternative programs, etc.  We find that our students are hungry for models, exemplars, alternatives to today’s current “reform” prescriptions. Mission Hill offers one such example. What can the larger world of American education take away from one school’s experience?

Click on the links above for more information and to register.

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