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2015 Annual Conference: New Orleans!

Announcing:
NAME’s 25th Annual International Conference

October 1-4, 2015
(with Pre-conference sessions running September 30)

at the
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel,
500 Canal Street

Past Achievements, Present Successes, Future Aspirations:
25 Years of NAME

Conference Theme:
In 1990, NAME was founded by a group of individuals that came together united by passion and vision for multicultural education to create an organization that would celebrate diversity, as well as challenge the existing social inequities. It has been the legacy of NAME to be an advocate for social justice issues in education.
NAME has been nationally recognized as one of the premier organizations focusing on social justice issues for all individuals and groups. NAME serves as a forum for scholars, practitioners, and students in both global and national origins to discuss their concerns regarding human relations. Additionally, NAME is a public voice and political advocate in many issues involving social inequalities.

The past achievements in multicultural education should not remain unnoticed. It is in these achievements that we as social justice practitioners find the courage and motivation to keep standing up for those who are marginalized. Likewise, the recognition of the ongoing struggle and successes is crucial in order to inspire current and future generations by sharing ideas and strategies that will enable the practice of multiculturalism. The diversity in the United States solidifies the necessity of a society willing to practice multiculturalism.

Because we live in an increasingly globalized community, multicultural education is becoming
more and more of a foundational knowledge. Although discussions within the schools’ curriculum have yet to include the exploitation, slavery and killing of marginalized individuals, these individuals are realizing that the injustices they are suffering will not allow them to continue into the future. Furthermore, the humanness of our society is being challenged more than ever, as it has been somewhat forgotten. Unfortunately, people do not know how to relate to one another. We still have not met the challenge of our past history as we still witness the lack of humanity in our society. Nevertheless, to ignore the positive impacts in our society, due to the vision of NAME transformed into actions, would not be fair to those who day by day commit themselves to wrestle against an unjust system. Thus, in this NAME 2015 conference, we aim at celebrating the courage and hard work of the practitioners by recognizing the past and ongoing events that give life to the vision of NAME. 

Multicultural education is timeless. There is an organic relationship between the past, present, and future that cannot be ignored, because they all inform each other to evolve our NAME vision. This translates to a greater vision for a society of equity and revolutionized education. Therefore, learning from the past, celebrating the present, and ambitioning a better future, in multiculturalism, but not limited to the organization, are the basic keys for this NAME 2015 conference. Although the battle for social justice has been taking place for more than 25 years, the struggle and the passion should not subside as long as the inequities are still present. However, the praise of achievements, successes and aspirations are necessary to evaluate and celebrate where we are now as ambassadors of multiculturalism. We look forward to learn from multiple areas within social justice, and be challenged in our ways of thinking as we deconstruct our ideologies and welcome a variety of social identities from within and outside our communities.

The Call for Proposals will be released in late January, 2015.
Plan now to submit a presentation proposal and join us in NOLA!

 

Call for Manuscripts: NAME’s 25th Anniversary Journal

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS: Multicultural Perspectives
The Silver Anniversary Issue 

Special Focus:
Looking Back and Pushing Forward: Twenty Five Years of NAME

This special issue of Multicultural Perspectives is intended to celebrate as well as to investigate where we are 25 years into the founding of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Our organization has reached a quarter century milestone, which gives us an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on where we are now as an organization and our stewardship of multicultural education as a scholarly field of study. By necessity, such a reflection demands highlighting our accomplishments and successes as guardians of “wrong thinking.” At the same time, this is an opportunity for us to name the work that remains to be done. Can we challenge ourselves to name our elephants in the room and landmines on the battlefield that may directly (or inadvertently) serve to stymie our efforts in the years to come?

 

We invite submissions to any of three sections of the journal (Advancing the Conversation, Creating Multicultural Classrooms, or Personal Perspectives) on topics related to the 25th anniversary theme: Looking Back and Pushing Forward.

Continue reading Call for Manuscripts: NAME’s 25th Anniversary Journal

PA-NAME Call for Proposals due 12/15

Announcing the Call for Proposals for the
PA-NAME – 17th Annual Conference – 2015

  Keystone College

La Plume, PA

April 10-11, 2015

Conference Theme: 

Inclusive Multicultural Education: Uniting for Political, Economic and Educational Empowerment

The 17th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education will focus on the various ways political, economic and educational issues intersect in the multicultural education movement. As NAME strives to be at the forefront of empowering individuals through education and community building, this conference will focus on the idea of inclusive education to inspire conference attendees to become critical thinkers and actors, find their voice, identify inequities, and advocate for social change. 

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Dr. Bill Howe, Past President of NAME 
  • Arthur Breese, Director of Diversity, Geisinger Health System
  • Dr. David Coppola, President, Keystone College

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 

Presentations should be designed to analyze and generate conversation addressing various dimensions of diversity, social justice, and multicultural education. Proposals addressing the research and the application of concepts related to the theme are also invited. The deadline for priority consideration for received proposals is December 15, 2014. The final deadline is January 5, 2015. The conference committee, comprised of PA-NAME members, will review and select proposals based on applicability, creativity, and clarity. Accepted presenters will be notified by January 19, 2015. All presenters will be responsible for their own conference fees and travel expenses. Please click here to submit a conference presentation proposal. 
 
Here is our conference site: 
 

Call for Papers: KAME 2015 – Seoul

CALL for Papers for the 2015 International Conference
hosted by the Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME)
 April 30 to May 2, 2015 at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. 

The theme of the 2015 KAME international conference is:

“For the Welfare of Humankind: Multicultural Citizenship Education in a Global Context”

The conference will provide a platform for researchers, students, policy makers and practitioners in the field of multicultural education from home and abroad to share ideas and research findings, and build up a worldwide network of scholarly discussions and friendship. 

KAME invites submissions of manuscripts. Any presentation pertaining to the conference theme or related topics dealing with research agendas and policy issues in the field of multicultural education are welcome. Please submit the manuscript electronically with a short curricular vitae tokame2008@naver.com (or hamseunghwan@gmail.com) by December 31, 2014. The KAME will inform the authors of whether the submitted paper is accepted by January 20, 2015.  

Some prominent keynote speakers and invited presenters of the conference include:

Bill Ayers (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

Cherry Banks (University of Washington, USA)

James Banks (University of Washington, USA)

Paul Gorski (EdChange, USA)

Carl Grant (University of Wisconsin-Madison, US A )

Rahil Ismail ( National Institute of Education, Singapore)

Ann Lopez (University of Toronto, Canada)

Darren Lund (University of Calgary, Canada)     

Jabari Mahiri (University of California Berkeley, USA)

Wayne Martino (University of Western Ontario, Canada)

Barbara Pamphilon (University of Canberra, Australia)

Christine Sleeter (California State University, Monterey Bay, USA)

Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex, UK)

Call for Submissions and Travel Awards:

 Multicultural Education Review (MER), the peer-reviewed official international journal of the KAME, invites submissions of manuscripts. Any topics dealing with research agendas and policy issues in the field of multicultural education are welcome. Please submit the manuscript electronically to MER via theonline submission system of MER (journals.sfu.ca/mer). The Editor of MER guarantees an editorial decision within no more than six months, and the accepted articles will be published in MER within a year after the final decision is made.

Each year KAME will choose 10 accepted articles and offer travel awards to the authors, including airline ticket (maximum of US$800 reimbursement for scholars from North and South Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East; maximum of US$500 reimbursement for scholars from Asia) plus a hotel room for three nights during the any KAME annual international conference of the author’s choice.

Please send any inquiry to the following addresses:

Professor Seung-Hwan Ham, hamseunghwan@gmail.com  or

Professor Yun-Kyung Cha, President, Korean Association for Multicultural Education (yunkyung@hanyang.ac.kr)

Support for Ethnic Studies in LAUSD

Date: September 27, 2014

 

To: Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Office of the Board

333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 24th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017

From: National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

 

Re: Statement of Support for Ethnic Studies in the Los Angeles Unified School District

The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) supports the campaign (http://www.EthnicStudiesNow.com) to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Since its founding almost a quarter century ago NAME has advocated for equity and justice, particularly for groups most underserved in our public school systems. We believe that education can rise to the highest levels of quality and equity when it is centered on multicultural curriculum and instruction. That is, education can offer a strong foundation for building communities that reflect core American values of democracy and ideals of educational success for all children when it (a) reflects and values the many ways that we are similar to and different from one another, (b) prepares all children to flourish in their personal and professional lives amidst this diversity, and (c) refuses to ignore the inequities that often accompany differences along lines of race, ethnicity, nation, social class, gender, sexuality, language, religion, disability, and other dimensions. Such ideals manifest in the core goals and principles of Ethnic Studies, and as such, we support the proposal for LAUSD to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement.

Ethnic Studies programs contribute to the educational enterprise significantly in a number of ways. For ethnic groups that have historically been marginalized in schools and society, Ethnic Studies fosters a more positive sense of self, which in turn affects engagement and improves academic performance and social engagement. For all ethnic groups, Ethnic Studies fills deep gaps in traditional curriculum, offering to all students, regardless of ethnic identity, an opportunity to learn about more diverse experiences and perspectives, ask different kinds of questions, and grapple with more contradictions and complexities. Ethnic Studies is essential for any student to flourish as well as to develop critical thinking skills that can address the increasingly complex problems in our diverse society.

Unfortunately, many so-called “reforms” and initiatives are underway across the United States that move curriculum and instruction in the exact opposite direction from what research tells us to be most effective. High-stakes testing is increasing the amount of time that students spend preparing for standardized tests that assess narrowly what students know and can do, often with curriculum that includes a narrow range of subject areas, a lower level of cognitive skills, and an inability to make connections to the lives and communities of our students, despite the research that shows the importance of offering curriculum that is engaged, interdisciplinary, and challenging. Overlapping with calls for curriculum standards is a deep and widespread belief that education can and should be racially neutral or “color-blind,” despite compelling research that reveals how curriculum cannot help but to include only some perspectives and experiences and not others. Such color-blind ideology helps us to understand why some critics of Ethnic Studies argue that such curriculum is “biased” or “un-American.” The controversy in Tucson is illustrative. The critics of the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District argued that Mexican American Studies is biased but failed to see the reverse, namely, that a curriculum with deep gaps in the history and literature of Mexican Americans is necessarily one that centers and normalizes White Americans, but which is insidiously framed as un-biased. In 2010, NAME issued a statement (available on our website, http://nameorg.org) that assails the state of Arizona’s banning of Ethnic Studies in schools. Over the past year, as the struggles moved to the courts, we have continued to support Tucson’s students, educators, and community members in their fight for the right to democratic education in their schools.

The School Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District stands at a key historical juncture, where your decision to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in the third largest school district in the United States can serve as a model for districts everywhere. We urge the School Board to adopt this requirement, and we urge our membership and allies to support this struggle to make the goals of Ethnic Studies central to public education in Los Angeles and beyond.

 
••PLEASE NOTE: The LAUSD School Board will meet and make a decision on October 14. SIGN the petition being circulated for this meeting at: 
 http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/petition

Informative Newsletter from GA-NAME

Cool off with the latest newsletter from GA NAME for Spring 2014, entitled “What’s the IDEA?”

A publication of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education

Inside this issue:

  •  Exploring Education & Politics
  • Spotlight on GA NAME’s Learn In on Education Reform in Georgia
  • Understanding the Consequences of Standardized Tests and         Test Validity
  • Examining the Neo-Civil War on the Common Core
  • A Review of 2014 Legislation
  • Open Call for Submissions onWellness. Submit today! See our submission guidelines.

••• CLICK to Download the SPRING GA NAME newsletter •••

NAME Signs on Statement of Concern: ASU

Dear NAME Community:

In light of the troubling Arizona State University police incident in which an African American professor experienced harassment and violent aggression, the NAME Board would like to remind our community of the importance of being vigilant against racism in all its forms. We cannot presume to know what went through the mind of the university police officer, but we do know the official response from Arizona State University has thus far all but ignored the larger context of U.S.-sanctioned violence against people of color, and police brutality against African Americans in particular. The point is not about who this happened to or even who may have extended the reach of the law, but rather that public funded educational institutions have once again failed to model civility, dignity, and critical examination of the historical structures of racism that foster such violently charged interactions with people of color.

Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies has written a statement of concern calling for an independent and thorough investigation of the incident. The NAME Board of Directors voted to co-sign this statement on behalf of the NAME community. 
We encourage you to access the statement of concern via the link below. Please read the statement and consider responses to such occurrences, which will continue to be part of our daily lives until we disrupt the systems that validate them.

AZCES Statement of Concern: http://azethnicstudies.com/archives/565

 

Additional links of interest:

“AZCES Poses Questions for Announced External Audit in Ore Case”:http://azethnicstudies.com/archives/588

MoveOn Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/justice-for-professor

Friends of Ersula Ore Supporters’ Website: http://www.erslegaldefense.com

2014 Annual Campaign

Announcing the launch of NAME’s 2014 Annual Campaign…

…for donations and gifts that will
significantly increase the capacity of NAME to sustain our work and expand our reach.

From the announcement by President Kevin Kumashiro:

“For over twenty years, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) has boldly advocated for equity and social justice in schools and society, and has provided invaluable support to thousands of educators, counselors, school leaders, community members, and young people who embrace and engage in multicultural education.  In these challenging times for schools, NAME is more committed than ever before to expand its initiatives and resources … and we need your help to do so.

Today, we are launching an Annual Campaign for donations and gifts that will significantly increase the capacity of NAME to sustain our work and expand our reach.

Why donate?  As the president of NAME, whether I am visiting our local chapters or greeting attendees at our regional and national conferences, I am fortunate to hear from people across the country.  In these stories of struggles and challenges, and of innovations and accomplishments, I am struck by the various roles that NAME has played as a source of support and community.  From our conferences and professional development opportunities to our publications and online resources, NAME is striving to provide the resources that you need to make our schools and society better places for all.

But we can and must do more.  The attacks on public education, the scapegoating of teachers, the “reforms” that purport to support struggling communities but that actually widen inequities—these are becoming more and more pervasive, to a point where teachers are telling us that they feel more demoralized and less able to truly teach than ever before.  NAME has recently launched new initiatives that reflect our commitment to building a stronger movement for equity and justice in education: from our media toolkit on teacher evaluation, and our summer institute and forthcoming book on diversifying the teacher workforce, to our support for the legal struggles to protect ethnic studies, and our partnerships with local and national organizations on common causes.

We need your help to do even more than ever. Please help to kick off our Annual Campaign by making your tax-deductible donation today, and please encourage others to become a member of NAME and/or to support this Campaign.”

•    DONATE NOW   •

Or visit http://nameorg.org/support for instructions on how to make a donation by check.

 

NAME Response to Arizona’s Right to Discriminate Bill

February 25, 2014 — The Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) has just released the following position statement opposing the passage of Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill, and we encourage NAME members and other advocates for equity and civil rights to read, discuss, share, and act:

NAME Position Statement on Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill

The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) joins with advocates of civil rights across the state of Arizona and amplifies our nation’s founding principles of liberty and justice for all by calling on Arizona Governor Brewer to veto the pending “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (House Bill 2153/Senate Bill 1062).

Known by many as the “right to discriminate” or the “do not serve gays” bill, this anti-gay legislation uses the concept of religious freedom to make it illegal to sue a business (including an individual, company, or church) for refusing to serve gay and other customers if the business owner believes that doing so violates their religious beliefs.  That is, discriminating against such groups as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals because of religious beliefs would be allowable if this bill becomes law.

NAME condemns Arizona lawmakers for using the constitutional right of free exercise of religion, which we cherish and hold dearly, as a cover for discriminating against certain groups in society.  The truly American value of religious freedom has everything to do with protecting the dignity, liberty, and agency of every human being, and should not be the basis for denying such protections for anyone, including and especially those groups that already experience discrimination and injustice.

NAME chose Arizona as the site of our 2014 annual conference in order to support the important work of educators, students, and advocates who are defending the right to a quality, relevant, empowering education in a time when ethnic studies is under intense attack in the Tucson Unified School District and beyond.  We will be shining a national spotlight on ways that Arizona leads the nation in its racially unjust approach to education.  We hope that Arizona will not again lead the nation in undermining the rights and dignity of its very own communities with the proposed, unjust approach to legalizing discrimination against LGBT Arizonans.

Governor Brewer has the opportunity to hold Arizona lawmakers accountable by reprimanding the legislature for even imagining this bill, and NAME calls on her to veto the bill and, instead, to insist that Arizona reaffirm its commitment to nurturing every one of its communities and peoples.

NAME urges its members and allies to raise your voice and demand the veto of this bill.

 

CLICK to DOWNLOAD NAME’s Position  Statement on AZ Anti-Gay Bill

NAME Position Statement on edTPA

On January 21, 2014, the Board of NAME released the following position statement on edTeacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

DOWNLOAD the Complete NAME Position Statement on the edTPA

The National Association for Multicultural Education is committed to respecting and appreciating cultural diversity, ending racism and discrimination, promoting economic justice, and developing curricula that are culturally responsible and responsive. These are manifested in teacher education programs through course syllabi, teaching practices, in the diversity of faculty and candidates, and in the assessment process of pre- service teachers. The practice of critical multicultural education cannot, by its nature, be standardized, nor can the development of teachers who will engage critical multi-cultural education in their classrooms. Therefore, NAME supports the principle that authentic assessment of pre-service teachers should be conducted by those who know teacher candidates and their work in the classroom, including cooperating teachers, supervisors and faculty, who are best able to both support and assess the developmental work of becoming a teacher. While not all of these educators will be versed in critical multiculturalism, their commitment to their students and their students’ students make it more likely that they will pursue equitable, multicultural practice in evaluating their students than outside scorers for whom candidates are merely numbers. Indeed, NAME encourages schools of education to pursue initiatives that will incorporate multiculturalism throughout their programs. Further, NAME rejects any incursion of outsourced, private, corporate interests into this sensitive and critical human work, deeming it contradictory to our commitment to critical multicultural public schools that are responsive to the voices of the communities they serve, and seek to develop a socially and economically just world.

It is in this context that NAME supports the concerns of teacher educators and students with respect to the spread of high stakes teacher performance assessments that standardize and outsource teacher performance assessment. Further, NAME calls on educators and community members to investigate how the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) undermines critical multicultural education, and demands an end to the standardization and outsourcing of teacher candidate assessment required by this test. In taking this stance, NAME takes its lead from student teachers and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who have spoken out against the standardization and corporatization of teacher education occurring through the marketing and imposition of the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) under the auspices of Pearson, Inc.

Pearson, Inc. is a corporation that claims on its website to be the world’s leading education company and a member of the Financial Times Groups that “provides business and financial news data, comment and analysis in print and online to the international business community.” The Teacher Performance Assessment was constructed and devised by a national consortium of educators, under the leadership of faculty at Stanford University. The prototype was the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), which has been used in California since 2006. The TPA just completed field testing by Stanford and Pearson in 25 states, 6 of which are accelerating the adoption of the TPA for licensure endorsement.

In the summer of 2011, Stanford entered into a contract with Pearson for the distribution and scoring of the TPA. Pearson hired individuals on a contract basis to score these TPAs, offering $75 per reviewed TPA, each of which is estimated to take 2 hours to score. The assessment includes four tasks, each with a number of questions, including one task that requires submission of video clips of teaching lessons. These tasks are scored on a set of rubrics, leading to a numerical score. Pearson’s website indicates that, while there was no charge to the students for the field test scoring, students would be charged up to $300 dollars once the TPA is part of the student teaching assessment. The test is now being called edTPA and being promoted by Stanford Center for Assessment Learning and Equity, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and Pearson, Inc. through available ‘usage plans.’

The test is currently being used in different states to evaluate student teacher preparedness for licensure, and/or program effectiveness. As a high stakes (gate keeping) instrument for teacher credentialing, the edTPA presents the same problems as high stakes standardized tests do for K-12 students, including the fact that standardized assessment rubrics tend to be reductive, leaving out much of the complexity necessary to evaluate teacher performance on a multicultural scale, and privileging dominant cultural norms that reproduce inequities. As an instrument scored by ‘calibrated’ scorers hired on a piece-work basis, the edTPA limits teaching readiness to what can (ostensibly) be assessed on these rubrics through what is essentially a writing test and brief video clips. Further, there is not compelling evidence that the edTPA is either reliable or valid. As a high stakes measure, it narrows the curriculum to what the authors consider to be the essence of good teaching. Unless future rubrics allow for alternative, multicultural, and student-teacher involvement in their development, a diversity of perspectives on teaching and learning is likely to be marginalized. While it is true that not all teacher educators preparing students for licensure are versed in the complexity of critical multicultural education practices, most have deep knowledge of their candidates and encourage candidate self-knowledge. The nuanced practices necessary for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students cannot be fully assessed by distant observers using a standard rubric. Nor are credential candidates’ attributes such as kindness, promotion of social justice, the ability to think on one’s feet, or to adjust teaching to the exigencies of the moment assessed or assessable by the edTPA.

NAME shares the concerns of many that public education, K-12 and teacher education, like other aspects of the public sector, are under assault by privatizing forces that commodify teachers, students, and the knowledge we build together. These attacks entail high levels of surveillance, devalue teachers, teacher educators and children, and distort the process of teaching by reducing it, ultimately, to quantitative data points. Whatever the intent of those who developed the edTPA, the outcomes of this test do just this. In fact, those who are disseminating the test across the nation quite clearly explain that a quantitative outcome is required as part of the current, hyper-accountability, national agenda.

Standardizing teacher education, and the outsourcing of teacher education assessment to Pearson, a publically traded company, are not only contrary to the values we hold most dear, but are destructive of those values. Attacks on any aspect of education, pre-K through teacher education, have rippling effects throughout the system as they contribute to a shift in the underlying purposes and possibilities of public education. In terms of the edTPA, given the likelihood that Pearson-delegated scorers will embody the norms and values of the dominant culture, and given existing evidence from schools that have adopted the edTPA that the high-stakes test takes over their programs resulting in candidates and professors “teaching to the test,” these assaults are likely to include:

  • Imposing a common and pre-determined curriculum on teacher education that severely limits faculty ability to enact their commitment to preparing teachers to promote critical multicultural education, social justice, and democratic citizenship.
  • Privileging the teaching practices of the dominant culture by distance scorers who are asked to use reductive, standardized assessment rubrics to evaluate student writing and brief video clips.
  • Reinforcement of institutional racism, classism, and white supremacy through standardization and the centralization of authority that accompanies it.
  • Marginalizing the contributions of teachers, supervisors, and school administrators that are generally central to teacher development.
  • Marginalizing opportunities to learn to teach through critical dialogues and feedback from others. Furthering the problematic “hidden curriculum” that proscribes teaching as a process of obedience to prescribed mandates rather than critical thinking and empowerment.
  • Invasion of privacy of classroom students and student teachers in the sharing of video and, for student teachers, intellectual property with a private company.
  • Encouragement of high-surveillance mechanisms and dehumanizing high-stakes measures as instruments of control in teaching and learning to teach.
  • Further encroachment of corporate control into the intensely personal, human, humane, and democratic endeavor that is public education.
  • Introducing, through the additional fee of $300 suggested by Pearson, Inc. of another barrier to diversifying the teaching force.

While NAME respects that people of good will have been a part of the edTPA initiative, we see the efforts to create a standardized assessment and scale it up through outsourcing to a private corporation as, at best, nai?ve and, at worst, very dangerous. It is critical that educators at every level be aware of the dangers of standardization and of ongoing privatizing efforts and the insidious manner in which corporate profiteers enter the public commons and eventually overtake it. We cannot fool ourselves. We know that corporate interests are ultimately reducible to profit, and that education for democracy and for profit are incompatible. Further, as educators who understand that classroom teachers must be knowledgeable about and attentive to the culture, context, and lived experiences of their students, so too teacher educators must be knowledgeable about and attentive to the local, contextual, lived reality of the student teachers with whom they are working. Indeed, our commitment to the knowledge created within these culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and then shared across communities, is core to our understanding of multicultural, social justice education.

Therefore, we call on all teacher educators, pre-service teachers, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to join with the student teachers and faculty of UMass Amherst in questioning and resisting this imposition of standardization and privatization into the work of preparing teachers. We can take specific actions to join this resistance:

Teacher educators: Claim your professional knowledge about the education of teachers, including your commitment to have critical multicultural education as the core of teacher education. Demand that student- teaching assessment reflect a critical multicultural framework, and happen within the relationships of supervision, mentoring, and coursework. Organize locally and regionally to demand the removal of corporate interests from teacher assessment.

Teachers and school administrators: Engage parents, students, and community members in conversation about the purpose of education and the complex work of teaching. Identify and reject the standardization and corporatization of teaching and learning wherever it occurs. Refuse to allow any video recording in your classrooms except for local use.

Student teachers: Demand critical multicultural, social justice education as the core of your teacher education programs and assert your right to developmental work within the context of relationships with teachers, students, faculty, and parents. Communicate with cooperating teachers, parents, and school administrators to engage their support in questioning and resisting the edTPA and Pearson.

Parents: Engage teachers, administrators, community members, and your children in conversations about the purpose and possibilities of education, of what teaching and learning can and should look like. Identity and name any corporate incursions into public education. Refuse to allow your child to be in any video recording not for local use.

Community members: Demand that children and teachers be protected from their commodification by corporate interests, and the tools of surveillance and standardization.

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