Tuesday, December 2nd
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A Seattle book launch event with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au, Mallory Clarke, and Falmata Said for More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing
About the Book:
“Exceptional” –Publishers Weekly
“Arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer.” –Kirkus
For too long so-called education reformers, mostly billionaires, politicians, and others with little or no background in teaching, have gotten away with using standardized testing to punish our nation’s youth and educators.
Now, across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are refusing to administer these detrimental exams. In fact, the “reformers” today find themselves facing the largest revolt in US history against high-stakes, standardized testing.
More Than a Score is a collection of essays, poems, speeches, and interviews—accounts of personal courage and trenchant insights—from frontline fighters who are defying the corporate education reformers, often at great personal and professional risk, and fueling a national movement to reclaim and transform public education.
Along with the voices of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and grassroots education activists, the book features renowned education researchers and advocates, including Diane Ravitch, Alfie Kohn, Wayne Au, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Karen Lewis, Carol Burris, and Mark Naison.
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About the Speakers:
- Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Stu- dent Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is an associate editor of Rethinking Schools, a founding mem- ber of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He is a contributing author to Education and Capitalism: Strug- gles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History, and writes regularly for Truthout, Common Dreams, Socialist Worker, Black Agenda Report, and the Seattle Times op-ed page.
- Wayne Au, a former public high school social studies and language arts teacher, is an assistant professor in the Education Program at the University of Washing- ton, Bothell Campus. He is editor of Rethinking Multi- cultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice, coeditor of Rethinking Our Classrooms, volume 1, and writes regularly for Rethinking Schools. Wayne is also author and editor of many academic articles and books, the most recent book of which is Critical Curriculum Studies: Curriculum, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing (Routledge, 2011).
- Mallory Clarke is a reading specialist at Garfield High in Seattle. Her roles have included high school teacher, political activist, wildlife tracker, college pro- fessor, ABE teacher, and parent. In her classroom, stu- dents have advanced as much as nine grade levels in reading in only two semesters. She is coauthor of Di- mensions of Change: An Authentic Assessment Guidebook with Melody Schneider (Peppercorn Press).
- Falmata Said was a Black Student Union Senator at Garfield High School and a student leader in the MAP test boycott. He wrote the poem “Modern Day Slavery” during the MAP test boycott and has performed it press conferences, college campuses, and conferences around the Northwest. Falmata is currently attending Washington State University.