2012 Education Summit underway in NYC

Great education discussions are going on at the national level right now.

For the third year in a row, NBC News is hosting a national Education Nation Summit in New York City. The three-day event will bring together more than 300 of the country’s thought leaders in education, government, business, philanthropy and media.

Watch complete coverage here, live until 12:30pm EDT.

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7 Responses to 2012 Education Summit underway in NYC

  1. We must admit, within the multitude of video reports hosted at the Summit’s website, there is one reporting on Wells Academy, a small school in Steubenville, Ohio, that has 60% of its students living below the poverty line, yet they were just rated the best school in the state. And guess what – they use “Success for All” as their reading program. Combine that with individual tutoring, extra time on task, small groups and emphasis on the basics.

    Watch the report with an open mind:

  2. Also, among the videos at the website, is this one of Condoleezza Rice describing how a failing education system can effect our national security.

  3. teachermom says:

    If SFA is implemented as designed it would probably be more successful (no pun intended). I watched that video and one of the first things they say (paraphrasing) is that it is so successful because THE TEACHERS must choose it by 75%. In fact they go on to say that the buy-in is in contrast to other programs that are handed to teachers who must follow them. No so much here. Not to mention all of the half baked roll out which also coincided with the common core roll out, both of which do not always mesh well.

  4. dekalbite2 says:

    “I watched that video and one of the first things they say (paraphrasing) is that it is so successful because THE TEACHERS must choose it by 75%. ”

    SFA is not the first program that DeKalb has tried that is supposed to require teacher approval. DeKalb just ignores any requirement for teacher support, and the principals tell teachers they have no input – it’s already been decided by the Central Office. As a consequence, all of these programs have utterly failed to move students forward academically. Parents need to ask their BOE members and Dr. Atkinson why SFA is not being implemented as designed – with teachers choosing it.

  5. Right teachermom. There are also other things that rallied their ‘success’. For instance, they had heavy emphasis on tutoring. And parent volunteer readers, etc. They put a lot of energy on these kids from all angles and in small groups. Reminds me of the parent success at Sagamore. Basically any way you slice it – good old-fashioned work/teaching/attention always yields results for students, no matter the ‘program’. Teaching is an art and students respond in different ways. It takes work, tenacity and creativity, plain and simple.

  6. GTCO-ATL says:

    SFA also has strong emphasis in the importance of the child’s early years. So much of it is centered around catching the child in pre-K or K if they have any learning disabilities or other inhibitors so that these issues are corrected or dealt with while the child is still young enough that it does not end up dampening their natural love of learning new things. Sounds like a decent concept, right. What do we do? We buy SFA then cut our funding for pre-K. Gee, great idea, Dr. A. That makes a lot of sense.

  7. Yankee Doodle says:

    SFA is intended for areas serving a poverty population, which we really only have if you look at the population in terms of Title I schools. But, we all know that free/reduced lunch is a bogus number and doesn’t mean anything real. The census says we are 15% in poverty in this county. The school system recently said our schools are 70% poverty. That’s a big difference. DeKalb was also named for the second or third year in a row as one of the wealthiest populations of African-Americans in the U.S. Something is not adding up here, is it?

    We also have a bunch of people saying that their home value went up too much in the same year that the school board is claiming the tax revenue has declined and put them into a financial crisis. And, a superintendent who recommends RIF’ing employees at the same time as raising taxes, or cutting low level employees to save money while giving raises to top level employees in a system that is failing.

    Or, patting ourselves on the back for higher SAT scores while knowing that we have fewer kids graduating high school than ever (thus, fewer kids lining up to take the SATs in hopes of going to college).

    Or rallying behind the Fernbank Science Center, but not caring about the pennies spent on science instruction in our classrooms everyday. Calling for cuts to “special programs” and “boutique schools” while advocating for more charters.

    Acting shocked at the band culture in our system that overlooks hazing but not objecting when we hear about instrument training in every elementary school. WOW…this list could go on and on and on.

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