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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Detracking for Education Equity: A Lecture by Carol Burris




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In this week's program we will be listening to a speech by Dr. Carol Corbett Burris about the negative impacts of tracking and the possibilities and opportunities that exist when schools detrack students.  This speech was delivered as part of the Simmons College/Beacon press Race, Education & Democracy Lectures on March 31, 2012. 

Beginning her career as a Spanish teacher Dr. Burris is now the principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Center School District in suburban Long Island, which has seen a staggering increases in student achievement and the near elimination of the achievement gap as a result of detracking.  Dr Burris received her PhD from Teachers College in 2003 where her award-winning dissertation detailed the positive effects seen on student achievement when her district began detracking math classes.

Dr. Burris recently made headlines with the Open Letter of Concern she co-authored with Wheatley school principal Sean Fenny protesting the use of evaluating teachers and principles by student test scores. As of today over 1400 New York state principals have signed this letter of resistance to neoliberal education reform.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Carol for your work on de-tracking, social justice, and real evaluations for teachers. I am hoping you will think closely about joining those of us who view Common Core Standards as a stumbling block to fair, creative, innovative teaching, diversity, cultural competence, and context-sensitive curriculum. Thank you for your consideration:
    http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/05/yong_zhao_common_core.html

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