Free Showing of Waiting for “Superman” followed by a panel discussion on education policy

From an email:

“The U Street Neighborhood Association’s Education Committee invites you to attend the final screening of the 2011 U Street Movie Series with Waiting for Superman on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Shaw @ Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School, 2001 10th Street, NW.

As seating is limited, FREE registration is required to attend.

The screening of the movie will  be followed by an engaging panel discussion about the education of the District’s children, a pressing community issue.  Doors open at 12:00 pm (12:15-2:00 pm screening; 2:15-3:30 pm panel conversation).  A networking reception at Duffy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 2106 Vermont Avenue, will begin immediately after the conclusion of the panel discussion.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jackie Gran and Education policy expert, and neighborhood resident. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Jason Kamras: DCPS Chief of Human Capital, featured in the film, and neighborhood resident.
  • Evelyn Boyd Simmons: ANC 2F Education Committee Chair, and parent of two Garrison Elementary students.
  • Reuben Jacobson: Senior Associate for Research & Strategy for the Coalition for Community Schools, former DC Teaching Fellow, and DCPS parent.
  • Patrick Mara: Ward 1 DC State Board of Education Representative.
  • Robinette Breedlove: Principal, Meridian Charter School.
  • Kerry Sylvia: Teacher, Cardozo High School.
  • Ann McLeod: Garrison Elementary PTA President, and parent.

There is a suggested $5 cash donation at the door.”

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  • What does it say about D.C. schools that they got the title wrong on the sign?

    • This film is painfully misguided.

    • It says there aren’t enough spaces for “Waiting”.

      • Yes there are. Count again. What it must say is the film’s producers couldn’t afford the I, N, and G after spending all their money buying off people like Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty so they would screw over teachers and bow to standardized tests. Test which they amend when the results don’t suit their propaganda wishes, of course. Basically the underlying lesson is, when you can’t do something right, distract, cheat, and cut corners. If you want to assign a metaphor to that sign, let it be that.

        • not that you have an agenda or anything…..

          • I don’t. I’m not a teacher or a union member. But I know the people behind the “blame the teachers” movement. They aren’t good people. They’re interests have nothing to do with education or kids, but only to discredit unions and working people. And I’m tired of it.

    • Why the hateful comments? Why criticize such insignificant point like a decision to abbreviate a word?

  • Oh man, I should go to this panel discussion just to see the fighting.

  • Good panel. Not a lot of fighting. Glad I went with the kids — although they complained a bit.

  • In countries that actually have decent primary education, do they hire teachers from the bottom half of college graduates, pay them peanuts, and demand that they “teach to the multiple-choice test”?

    The fight between the seniority-uber-alles unions and the perpetual-campaign-mode, I-promise-to-teach-your-kid-that-the-answer-is-C politically appointed “leadership” is just a sideshow. The problem is that we don’t even KNOW what a good school looks like in this country, and none of the powerful interests involved are interested in finding out.

  • Whoever watches this movie and recommends others won’t get anything meaningfull out of it lacks an open mind. The movie was excellent. Though there is certainy teacher bashing it does explain why schools across the US are having trouble. It teaches you what the percentages of getting a decent job/graduating when going to a inner-city public school. The numbers are frightening.

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