Common Core Event in Worcester, NY

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the Worcester Community for Education, in partnership with Oneonta Area for Public Education will host a panel discussion and speak-out from 6:30-8 pm at the Worcester Central School Auditorium.  Worcester Central School is located at 198 Main Street in Worcester, NY.

For more information or to RSVP for this event, please visit the Facebook event page.

Speakers include:

  1. Betsy Bloom is a professor of education at Hartwick College and an activist member of Oneonta Area for Public Education. She’s also a former Social Studies teacher. She’s going to tell us a little bit about the Common Core’s creation and how we got where we are now.

  2. Gail Richmond worked as a Vocal/ Choral Music teacher in the Greenville Central School District for 30 years prior to working as a full-time peer coach for 5 years. She proudly served as Union President for the Greenville Faculty Association, before retiring in 2012 after 35 years of teaching. Gail has since turned full-time activist after seeing the devastating effects of education reform on her beloved profession and the ill-effects of standardization on our children.

  3. Cheryl Indelicato is a 1st grade teacher in Middleburgh, and a resident of Worcester. She wants to briefly share her perspectives as an educator and also express her concerns regarding how the Common Core affects special education students.

  4. Julie Webb Bigger is a parent from the Sherburne-Earlville district. She’s a founder of S.E.C.S. Parent Advocacy Group and has been very involved in learning about the inBloom project and the collection of student data. She recently testified at the November 20th New York State Assembly Hearing on the Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Student Information by School Districts and the State Education Department.

  5. Ken Sider is a veteran educator with over 25 years of experience. During that time, he has been an elementary school teacher in NYC, Sidney, Unatego, and Oneonta. He is a part-time professor in SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Elementary Education and Reading, and is currently completing his PhD in educational theory at the University at Albany. Ken is an outspoken critic of the use of teacher modules in the classroom and the excessive use of standardized tests. He’ll speak about these things as well as New York State’s APPR system of evaluating educators.

  6. Jennifer Kersmanc is a Pre-K teacher here at Worcester Central School. She’s going to tell you a little about the ineffectiveness of the tests and other shortcomings she sees in relying on excessive standardized testing.

  7. Danielle Boudet is a parent from Morris, NY and co-founder of Oneonta Area for Public Education.  She will speak about excessive testing and the right to opt out. 

  8. Spike Paranya has devoted his life to educating our children. He was a teacher at various levels for 9 years, followed by a 26 year career as an elementary school principal. Before retiring, Spike spent the last 21 years of his career in the Sidney school district.  Spike is going to talk a little bit about what works in education, and what children really need.


About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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