Press Release from United Opt Out National

Contact: United Opt Out National FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Email:unitedoptoutnational@gmail.com
Website: http://unitedoptout.com

OCCUPY THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 2.0

The Battle for Public Schools

Administrators of the public education advocacy group UNITED OPT OUT NATIONAL are hosting the second annual event on the grounds of the US Department of Education in Washington, DC on April 4-7, 2013. We ask all of those in support of teachers, students and public schools to attend. The third day will include an organized march to the White House.

The event is a four-day gathering of progressive education activists endeavoring to resist the destructive influences of corporate and for-profit education reforms, which began in previous administrations and persist with the current one. We cannot and will not stand silent as the threats to dismantle our system of public education continue. These threats include the erosion of the teaching profession, excessive use of standardized testing, mandated scripted curriculum, the absolute disregard of child poverty, and reforms which disproportionately impact minority communities.

We ask that you join us, stand tall, and meet your responsibility as citizens to be heard above the din corporate influence.

You will have the opportunity to hear speakers and converse with public school advocates from across the country, including Diane Ravitch, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Stephen Krashen, Brian Jones, Deborah Meier, and many other students, teachers, and community members (visit the link below for full schedule details).

Do not miss this free and unique opportunity to connect with like-minded public school advocates. Come gather information and strategies that can be used to fight corporate education reform in your own community. Join us and make your voice heard.

If you require more information about the event, or to schedule interviews with the Administrators of United Opt Out National, please contact Peggy Robertson at (720)810- 5593 or via email writepeg@juno.com.

DEY’s Upcoming Spring Events

Consuming Kids Summit coming soon!

Later this month our colleagues at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood are hosting their 8th international Consuming Kids Summit: Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers (March 21-23 in Boston). Learn from leading experts in the field – and connect with other advocates at this solutions-based event. DEY’s Diane Levin will be presenting Tough at an Early Age: The Harm Caused by Using Media Violence to Market to Children. DEY’s Nancy Carlsson-Paige will be presenting Education in the Marketplace: Data, Choice and Profits and Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin will be presenting positive and practical ideas for working with families and teachers. Space is limited so register today.

If you can’t make it to the summit (though we hope you can!)  here are some other upcoming opportunities to connect with DEY and advocate for young children:

March 4 7:00 pm at the Calhoun School, Manhattan. Nancy will be presenting with Linda Nathan. When Education Goes Wrong: Taking the Creativity and Play out of Learning. This is a TEDx event.

April 5 in Washington, DC. Nancy will be speaking at Occupy the DOE.

May 4 New York, NY Edu4 Conference on Reclaiming the Conversation on Education. Nancy will be facilitating a session.

June 19 – 22nd Boston, MA Wheelock College’s Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families Conference. Diane and Geralyn will be presenting.

RI teacher says, “I quit!”

DEY would like to introduce you to Stephen Round. Stephen Round is a second grade teacher who, like many veteran teachers, has been forced to quit rather than remain teaching in a “one size fits all” system that does not respect individual teachers, students or families. As we travel the country, we hear similar stories. We share Round’s story as an example of what has been happening all too often.

Stephen Round has been asked to speak in April at Occupy the DOE 2.0 – along with Diane Ravitch and DEY’s Nancy Carlsson-Paige. For more information on Occupy the DOE 2.0, please see their press release below:

OCCUPY THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 2.0
The Battle for Public Schools

Administrators of the public education advocacy group UNITED OPT OUT NATIONAL are hosting the second annual event on the grounds of the US Department of Education in Washington, DC on April 4-7, 2013. We ask all of those in support of teachers, students and public schools to attend. The third day will include an organized march to the White House.

The event is a four-day gathering of progressive education activists endeavoring to resist the destructive influences of corporate and for-profit education reforms, which began in previous administrations and persist with the current one. We cannot and will not stand silent as the threats to dismantle our system of public education continue. These threats include the erosion of the teaching profession, excessive use of standardized testing, mandated scripted curriculum, the absolute disregard of child poverty, and reforms which disproportionately impact minority communities.

We ask that you join us, stand tall, and meet your responsibility as citizens to be heard above the din corporate influence. You will have the opportunity to hear speakers and converse with public school advocates from across the country, including Diane Ravitch, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Stephen Krashen, Brian Jones, Deborah Meier, and many other students, teachers, and community members.

Do not miss this free and unique opportunity to connect with like-minded public school advocates. Come gather information and strategies that can be used to fight corporate education reform in your own community. Join us and make your voice heard.