Community Forum Flyer
PMCT supports our children and educators by approving the "I Refuse" resolution
The Resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS, the purpose of education is to educate a populace of critical thinkers who are capable of shaping a just and equitable society in order to lead good and purpose-filled lives, not solely prepare that populace for college and career; and
WHEREAS, instructional and curricular decisions should be in the hands of classroom professionals who understand the context and interests of their students; and
WHEREAS, the education of children should be grounded in developmentally appropriate practice; and
WHEREAS, high quality education requires adequate resources to provide a rich and varied course of instruction, individual and small group attention, and wrap-around services for students; and
WHEREAS, the state assessments are not transparent in that- teachers and parents are not allowed to view the tests and item analysis will likely not be made available; and
WHEREAS, the assessment practices that accompany Common Core State Standards - including the political manipulation of test scores - are used as justification to label and close schools, fail students, and evaluate educators; therefore be it
RESOLVED that NYSUT opposes standardized high stakes testing that is currently pushed by the Federal and State governments, because this testing is not being used to further instruction for children, to help children, or to support the educational needs of children; and be it further
RESOLVED, that NYSUT advocates for an engaged and socially relevant curriculum that is student-based and supported by research; and be it further
RESOLVED, that NYSUT will embark on internal discussions to educate and seek feedback from members regarding standardized high stakes testing and its impact on students; and be it further
RESOLVED, that NYSUT will lobby the NYS Education Department (NYSED) to eliminate the use of high stakes testing; and be it further
RESOLVED, that NYSUT will ask that all of its members have their own children refuse to take the Grade 3-8 assessments: and be it further
RESOLVED, that NYSUT will organize other members and affiliates to increase opposition to high stakes testing; and be it further
RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution will be sent to the NYSED, the Governor of NYS, and all members of the NYS legislative branch; and be it finally
January 6, 2015 - Kevin Toolan, PMCT Vice-President, and Beth Warnken, PMCT President, stamping over 900 hand-written letters to New York State Legislators written by PMCT members.
Joan Soldano is the recipient of the 2014 New York State Air Force Association's Teacher of the Year Award
Joan Soldano is the recipient of the 2014 New York State Air Force Association's Teacher of the Year Award. In the spring, she was awarded the Air Force Association's Long Island Chapter Teacher of the Year. Joan was selected for going above and beyond her typical school day to promote science, engineering, mathematics and engineering (STEM) to students in the Patchogue-Medford School District. Joan is the advisor of two First Lego League robotics teams, Oregon's Space Club, and an Air Force Association's national CyberPatriot team. This past summer, Joan spent two weeks in Trinidad as a faculty member for Inspiring Educational Systems, who hosted an aerospace themed STEM camp for over 400 Trinidad students and teachers. In March, Joan will be presenting a 90 minute workshop at the upcoming ASSET Conference (Association for Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technology) in coordination with the Challenger Learning Center. In April, four time shuttle astronaut Don Thomas will be skyping with Oregon's Space Club students and, in May, her students will be participating in the e-Missions program entitled, "Target Moon." Let's wish Joan luck, as she is now in the competition for the 2015 National Air Force Association's Teacher of the Year!
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August 14, 2014 - Diane Ravitch Blog - Two teachers from Long Island, New York, wrote a letter to Whoopi Goldberg to explain to her that "tenure" means "due process." - One of them PMCT High School Vice President Alicia Connelly-Foster!!
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NYSUT: Due process rights for teachers also safeguard students - New York State United Teachers President Karen E. Magee released the following statement today in response to a lawsuit challenging due process rights for New York's teachers.
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