This event is for anyone that wants to get a deeper understanding of how policies are created, their impact and how and where to bring pressure to change. We will explore issues that are controlled locally (by each school, the district and the school board) vs those controlled by the State and the Federal Government. We will also look at how current national policy around testing, school closings, and other trends are connected to each other.
20 Years of Forgotten History: Why organizing is our only chance at adequate public school funding in Maryland
An analysis by Corey Gaber--a Baltimore City teacher--of how Maryland has systematically ignored court decrees calling for significant increases in funding for districts with concentrated poverty. Corey’s presentation will be followed by an introduction by David Hornbeck (a retired state superintendent and education activist) to an emerging statewide movement to support full funding of the Kirwan Commission (a statewide group currently studying adequacy of funding for education) recommendations. This workshop is designed to bring teachers and community members up to speed on the historical context and practical ways we can help influence future funding.
Summer Book Club Application
Happy to announce TDP Summer book clubs! Please fill out this quick application to join the club. Possible books include: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies - Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? or more. Feel free to suggest books you are interested in reading.