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OFT Convention 2018 Report

Report of OFT Convention activites, resolutions, speakers, etc.  (link)

Heights Coalition for Public Education

Go to the Coalition Website;  http://chuh.net/coalition for complete info and to endorse our position.

Archive from the start of the Coalition below:

ARCHIVE FOR THE HEIGHTS COALITION - GO TO THE SITE ABOVE FOR CURRENT INFO AND TO SIGN THE PETITION

Last update October 13, 2014

There will be three community discussions scheduled for the 2014-15 school year.
November 10:  7-9 pm in the High School Social Room -

November 10 - "THE MYTH OF THE FAILING SCHOOLS" (Flyer)

January 28- "THE MYTH OF THE FAILING TEACHER"

March 24- "THE MYTH OF THE FAILING STUDENT"

 

We started out as a Community Book Discussion with at least115 different participants between three sessions discussing Diane Ravitch's "Reign of Error." (Even in really bad weather)

We are now morphing into citizens who are interested in action - defining our own version of quality education instead of allowing the state to label our community and schools as failing.

Three task forces have formed:  Language and framing, grassroots action, and community awareness and outreach.  Each met on March 5, 2014 and each has committed to meeting again.  We are a loose coalition at this point, but with the common interest of advocating for public education.

Info on joining a task force will be posted here:
-BIG GROUP MEETING - April 9 at 7 pm at the high school in the social room
-Framing with Susie met March 26 at 7 pm at the CHTU offices:  2490 Lee Blvd, suite 106
-Action group with Dallas and Ditte will meet March 31 at 7 pm the CHTU offices
-Community awareness group will meet April 16 at 7 pm with Patti Carlyle at the Wine Spot 2271 Lee Rd

OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST:

April 8 - Forum with Bill Philis from Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy in School Funding.   
7 PM in the auditorium of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.  (flyer)

 

The last book discussion session on February 5, 2014 included brainstorming of actions that people could do on their own or could be done collectively (see the compiled list). If you were not able to attend or thought of something to add, please follow this link:  (click to add your thoughts).

We reccomend buying your "Reign of Error" at MacsBacks or Appletree in Cleveland Heights.

Don't have time to read the whole book?  Here is a quick and dirty summary/review by Joseph Featherston, as published in The Nation February, 2014. (Link to article)

DO A BOOK GROUP YOURSELF KIT.

Handy Dandy Flyer if you want to post information somewhere.

Handy Dandier bookmarks if you are good with a slicer

Facilitator guide/prompts:  Session 1Session 2, Session 3

Overview for the January 22 session

Overview for the January 29 session

Overview for the February 5 session

Ground Rules for Table Comversations

Report Out/Feedback Form

Outline of chapter titles and subtitles

OTHER DOCUMENTS

Principles Beneath comparision document for session 2

Notes from the February 28 planning meeting

Participating Groups
The Cleveland Heights Teachers Union

CHUH Administration

Reaching Heights

Future Heights

Heights Community Congress

The Cleveland Heights Public Library

CHUH PTA Council

Link Education Consulting

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