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i am deeply proud of the school that we have built over the past three years, and believe that all students deserve to spend their days in a place like it. a walk through our halls and our classrooms reveals an incredibly diverse group of children who are excited to be at school, engaged in the work, and committed to growth. our staff is able to make this happen despite, not because of, the system we work in. 

most children are not so lucky, and i believe we have an obligation to those children and their communities to fight so that they might have what we have. 

below, you will find a variety of resources that i think are essential for us (parents & teachers) as we work to support your children and also to fight for all children. 

please, please, please be in touch with any questions, concerns, suggestions. you can email me by clicking RIGHT HERE.
here you can find important documents, articles, and other resources about social studies, adolescent life, and what's happening to our schools. be in touch if you have anything to suggest or add.

what's happening to our schools
social studies stuff
  • us history resources for parents: i put this together a few years ago after a number of parents had asked me how they could help their students at home, especially when there was no textbook for them to use. additions always welcome!
  • us history scene: awesome multimedia resources about interesting us history topics. 

adolescent life
  • help for the chronically late: a parent brought this great article to my attention. she used it to start a problem-solving conversation with her son about his habit of arriving a few minutes late to school every day.
  • books for kids: this great document, from the young adult library services association,  is a great starting point when trying to find a books that kids can fall in love with.

this is where i'll post resources about the education "reform" movement and its effects on real learning, and about how we can work together to build a system of schools like MELS, where students can learn and be happy.

parent organizations
  • parent voices ny: believes that education should focus on developing the imagination of a child, not on putting them through stressful and mind-numbing standardized tests that distort the curriculum and waste the human and financial resources of our schools.
  • change the stakes: is a group of parents and educators who want the best education for all children, and who believe a good education is the right of every child, not something that can be measured by a test score.
  • time out from testing: a statewide coalition of parent, educator, business, community, and civil rights organizations in New York State committed to a "time-out" from excessive and high stakes exams.
  • save our schools: dedicated to public education as the cornerstone of a democratic society, they are committed to education policy and actions that allow students, teachers, families, and communities to work together to meet the needs of all children.
other resources
  • race to nowhere: a film about how the current system of high-stakes testing is hurting children, and what can be done to fix it.
  • fairtest.org: this organization works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.

Kimron Thomas,
Sep 28, 2013, 9:48 AM
Kimron Thomas,
Sep 28, 2013, 9:56 AM