Communities of color have been decimated by corporate reform. Now anger spreads when it affects white folk like @RBNLake

Robin Lake of Seattle writes: As the director of an education think tank focused on national issues, it feels indulgent to write about my own kids’ experiences in the public school system. But there’s no better way to illustrate one of the reasons my organization pursues the work it does on behalf of students. Let […]

Check out our new episode with Jesse Hagopian


You can listen here, great discussion, and a great call from a Portland area teacher. Good food for thought. At the same time Jesse and supporters are boycotting the MAP, and winning concessions, they are developing an alternative assessment structure based on their values as the actual educators. They are creating an assessment vacuum, so […]

What’s upcoming At the Chalk Face this week

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At our usual time, Sundays at 6PM EST, we’re going to be joined by Jesse Hagopian to discuss the successful MAP boycott and his new website, I am an Educator. Then, join us for a special episode on Thursday at 6PM EST when we’ll be joined once again by Dr. Mercedes Schneider so she can […]

Aaaah, I always wanted to make one of these. This is great!!


From folks in Seattle. This is great. Influence in education reform.

Special episode of At the Chalk Face tonight, 9PM EST/6PM PST

We’ve invited a great guest, which is why the special day and time: Alexia Garcia, student organizer of a Portland boycott of the OAKS test. Probably the best test acronym by far. There’s some information here I’ll quote from Education Week, which is in turn from OregonLive: Alexia Garcia, a Lincoln High School senior, said […]

#MAP #boycott may lead to “sanctions”

This from the Answer Sheet:  The superintendent of schools, Jose Banda, ordered administrators to  pull students out of classrooms to take the test in the library, but many students refused to take it and turned in letters signed by their parents giving them permission to opt out of the test, teachers reported. This seems to […]

Let us consider supporting #scrapthemap this Wednesday

Here’s a link to the Facebook campaign. How can At the Chalk Face readers support this event next week? Keep that national momentum going for Seattle-area educators.

Seattle #MAP boycott covered in @USAtoday

The publication of hotel lobbies and bathrooms everywhere, USAToday has a post on the growing MAP boycott, and protests against standardized testing overall. Pretty fair piece. And by the way, here’s a toolkit created to discuss high-stakes testing in your communities. Download here for free. Teachers love free stuff!

Whoa, someone really used one of my #propaganda graphics to make a serious point.


Special episode of At the Chalk Face 2night! #optout

Check in with us tonight from 9 to 10PM EST, lots going on in Seattle, so it’s worth a special episode of At the Chalk Face. First half will be guests, a parent and teacher from the Seattle area. Second, commentary and your calls: 805-727-7111  

#HST #boycott signed by some heavy hitters

Man, what a list. And, I think you might recognize some names up there, including folks At the Chalk Face, cough, cough, Shaun, cough, Tim. In any case, this Seattle boycott has really stirred some kind of hornet’s nest. Let’s ride this out and see where it goes. Thanks mainly go out to Brion Jones […]

Beware the fair-weather foils of #HST

Here’s a great story on NPR about the Seattle test boycott.  By the way, have you heard our interview with Seattle teacher Jessie Hagopian? Well, you should. You know, within the circles I run, there’s a lot of support out there for the various schools in the Seattle area who’ve taken this very courageous move. […]

Tepid response from Seattle public schools super

Superintendent Jose Banda released a statement regarding the potential for a mass opt-out of state MAP testing. Meh. Not much of value. Although, I will say that you’d think a formal statement from the educator-in-chief could make it out there into the ether without a typo. To wit:  Before the issue was raised by our […]

@thechalkface and @slekar, At the Chalk Face, 5PM EDT today, talking test data and #optout

@thechalkface and @slekar, At the Chalk Face, 5PM EDT today, talking test data and #optout Join us at 5PM EDT today (one hour earlier, sorry). We’re talking with LA educator Dr. Mercedes Schneider who demolishes school evaluation data. Then, onto the opt out at Garfield HS in Seattle. Chat’s open, live tweet @thechalkface.

Garfield High has the GUTS


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