MTA members have two great opportunities to participate in MTA-sponsored forums on high-stakes testing and race.
A virtual forum on The Thrive Act, High-Stakes Standardized Testing and State Takeovers on Monday, June 5, at 6 p.m. The event will be facilitated by Jack Schneider, co-founder of the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment, education professor and author. Featured panelists include Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), sponsor of the More Teaching Less Testing, Dr. Wayne Au, Dr. Domingo Morel, and three incredible student speakers, Soleei Guasp, a recent Fall River graduate and Lowell High School students Angelica Pareja and Elizabeth Zahn.
Author Heather McGhee
A second forum will feature author Heather McGhee and be held on Wednesday, June 7, at 3:30 p.m., at Brookline High School. McGhee is the author of “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” which The New York Times called “The book that should change how progressives talk about race.” This forum, which is co-sponsored by the MTA and the Brookline Educators Union, will be held in person. In addition to McGhee’s keynote address, there will be a panel discussion on the MTA PreK-12 Education Support Professionals Bill of Rights as well as ESP contract campaigns. This part of the program will be led by Nick Juravich, who is an assistant professor of History and Labor Studies and associate director of the Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston.
A book signing will follow and books will be available for sale.