The January 2014 WGTA Cabinet Meeting Minutes
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Core curriculum reduces teaching to 'Little Boxes'
By Gretchen Dandrea Blynt
As many mourned Pete Seeger this
past week, I found myself in my classroom with the
tune "Little Boxes" running
through my head. On Friday, during a staff development
day, I realized why. The current educational reforms
have opened the doors wide for salesmen peddling a ticky
They send implementers (who are
wholly different from the instructors they stand before)
with their colorful websites touting company names
that nearly always include a pairing of "learning," "teach," or
some trendily shortened version
of "education" with
something dynamically adventurous like "explore," "journey," "compass" or "renaissance."
Throughout the lengthy trainings, teachers are directed
by a voice in the back and a projection in the front
to click, drag and highlight students into groups, standards
into folders, and assessment parts into test outlines.
It is assumed the students will later work on these canned
tasks independently, and a report will be automatically
sent to the teachers' emails: no contact or conversation
required. We listen to catchphrases about these programs
providing us simple pleasures like time in our day to
sneak to our desks to get a few sips of water while also,
on a grander scale, performing all the progress monitoring
duties for teachers, allowing us to get back to inspiring
students--the reason for teaching.
However, I'm having trouble keeping
the magical elixir down. ... You can read the rest of
the article, and listen to the Pete Seeger song, by clicking
here. The story is both enlightening and
AFT Robert G. Porter Scholarship Program
from the AFT
Dear WGTA Members,
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members to join in reclaiming the promise of a more just
society for all? Or do you have a child who is a senior
in high school with plans to attend college? We can help!
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And 10 grants of $1,000 each are available to AFT members
from all divisions who seek to implement ideas for their
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Robert G. Porter was a dedicated union activist from
the time he joined his first AFT local in East St. Louis,
Ill., until his death in 1991. For nearly four decades,
the late AFT secretary-treasurer gave his all to championing
the rights of working people, promoting civil rights,
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==> The January / February 2014 MemberShip
The January / February Membership is
now online. For the latest news from the WGTA, please
in NYSUT United magazine
United, December 2013/ January 2014
blue and sang the blues, carried signs, wrote messages,
signed an online letter to the Board of Regents by
the thousands and pressed their case to the media:
We must reclaim the promise of public education in
New York State."
in West Genesee helped in the cause, and one of the
WGTA photos was printed in the BLUE collage in the
NYSUT United magazine. The WGTA photo is in the lower
left of the B.
is the original photo, which is a bit easier to see!
here to download the newest WGTA Email Directory.
WGTA Email Directory Has Been Updated
Effort to hold Regents
accountable gaining steam
from NYSUT.com, January 16, 2014
Hudson Valley educators and local state
lawmakers joined together for a meeting with Regent James Jackson
this week to voice concerns over the State Education Department's
bungled Common Core implementation — and to seek his support
for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences linked to testing.
While educators cited mounting frustrations with the Common
Core rollout and testing, the meeting remained positive and
constructive, according to Kathy Taylor, a NYSUT Board member
and longtime Ulster BOCES union leader.
To read the rest of the story please
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