Dear EVCS families,
Following two town hall meetings, a school wide survey and much discussion, EVCS leadership, which includes the SLT and the PA Executive Board, have decided to move forward with a statement that we feel best expresses our position as a community on the proposed resolution to support a “Controlled Choice” admissions policy in NYC School District 1. The resolution was developed by the CEC, or Community Education Council, to present to Chancellor Carmen Farina at the Town Hall meeting this coming Tuesday, Feb. 23. (For more information on attending the meeting, which offers childcare, visit the CEC website at cecd1.org.)
A total of 134 people took our survey, and while more families than not supported signing the resolution, and particularly supported the goals of “Controlled Choice” toward providing a high-quality integrated education for District 1 students, many parents expressed questions and doubts about the resolution and how it best supported a workable roll-out of the proposed policy. These were considered substantial enough that EVCS leadership decided to not sign the resolution in its current form, but instead developed the alternate statement below: Continue reading
Dear EVCS families,
This is a quick reminder to please take this short survey about the CEC’s resolution on controlled choice. Our school’s PA and SLT are being asked to weigh in with our point of view on this particular resolution and on the concept and principles of controlled choice in general, so it’s important that we understand where our school community stands.
The survey was developed collaboratively by members of the Diversity Committee and the School Leadership Team and will be used by our Parent Association and SLT to inform our next steps. The survey is 100% anonymous and will remain open until Monday evening, February 8. Thanks again for your participation.
Join Border Crossers and a renowned panel of racial justice experts as we discuss the current state of racial equity in education and necessary steps to ensure racial justice in our schools.
Howard C. Stevenson
“Creating Racially Equitable Schools” A Border Crossers Fundraiser and Panel Discusssion
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
Networking reception will follow at 8:00 pm.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
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In this article, NYC teacher Katie Lapham makes the case that parents must begin to act communally to save our schools.
#SaveNYC, is a grassroots, crowd-sourced, D.I.Y. movement to protect and preserve the diversity and uniqueness of the urban fabric in New York City. As our vibrant streetscapes and neighborhoods are turned into bland, suburban-style shopping malls, filled with chain stores and glossy luxury retail, #SaveNYC is fighting for small businesses and cultural institutions to remain in place.
After a disaster like the Second Avenue explosion and fire, impacted small businesses struggle to survive. Some don’t make it. Especially the old favorites. #SaveNYC is holding a Small Biz Crawl along Second Avenue to bring customers, cash, and attention to those mom-and-pops in need. This weekend, we’ll do the western side of Second Ave; next time, the eastern side. Meet #SaveNYC on Saturday, April 11th, at noon. We’re starting at Gem Spa on the northwest corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place. Buy your magazines, cigarettes, egg creams at this first stop.* From there, we’ll head down towards 7th Street. Do some gift shopping at Himalayan Visions. Then it’s lunch at the B&H Dairy or Paul’s Da Burger Joint. Your choice. After lunch, we’ll weave our way across the barricades of 7th Street to stock up on groceries at the New Yorkers Foodmarket. Please bring your #SaveNYC sign to let everyone know who we are and why we’re there. Click here to print out signs — and to find out more about #SaveNYC
I hope you’re enjoying your break! Some of you will remember Britt and Haven, who are former members of the EVCS community. Britt is also a professor at Columbia Teachers College and trained many of our beloved teachers at EVCS. I asked her permission to share this letter with our families because I found it incredibly moving and informative about the ways in which teaching and learning are being threatened by the growth of high-stakes testing. Please take the time to read it– these issues are critical to the future of education in our country.
Also, I recently went to a surprising talk by an Earth School parent who worked in the testing industry for 15 years and blows the whistle on all the ways the tests don’t measure what they are supposed to measure, are graded arbitrarily, sloppily, and incorrectly, and are basically a $2.7 billion scam. If you’re interested, you can watch the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvnUqYAXK-4&feature=youtu.be
All the best,
As you know if your child is in 3rd-5th grades, we are coming up on the weeks of school devoted to the State tests. If your child will be taking the tests, we wish you luck!
While the PA has not, as a body, taken an official stance on this enormously complicated issue, we are deeply concerned about the implications of high-stakes testing and the ways in which it is reshaping more organic methods of learning and assessing both teachers and students across the country. Below is a letter from Jen Nessel, the chair of the Community Action Committee, on the movement to opt out of the tests and what to do if you want to opt your child out. This is a letter that represents a point of view but also tries to provide accurate information. Please read it!