I am just getting home after this evening’s forum. I have to say that I was truly inspired by tonight’s event and the huge turnout. It mirrors my feelings toward Obama’s victory last night—although the problems we face may seem insurmountable right now, there is a vision and a way forward.
I have never heard Randi Weingarten or John Deasy speak, but I was truly impressed. I thought it was funny when Deasy said that we would be disappointed if we were looking for a fight between him and Randi at the forum. He actually understands and has put into practice a reform model for education in which “management” and “labor” sit down together to deliver real reforms.
The possibilities mentioned were endless—community schools with wrap around services, reciprocal accountability, building human capital, master teachers…..
I was also impressed with Jen Whitman, a lead teacher in Montgomery County who explained the Peer Assistance and Review program.
For those of you who attended the forum, I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on tonight’s event.