As an attendee of Educon, I received a pretty exciting email from Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) today. Chris is the principal of the Science Leadership Academy where Educon has been held for the last 4 years. It was about the upcoming Great American Teach-in (GATI) on May 10, 2011 where the primary focus is engaging, recruiting, and supporting student voices in the ongoing discussions and debates about the future of education.
In Chris’s words (on behalf of the Planning Team of the Great American Teach-In):
At root, the Teach-In is a day to remind ourselves and our students that citizenship means asking questions, finding answers and standing up for what you believe in…and that education must mean that too. Every classroom, every student, every school… drafting a declaration of education.
Using the Declaration of Independence as a primary source document, we will ask all learners, at all levels, to draft their declarations of educational rights. Using provided protocols, participants will work together to draft their next steps for discussing, advocating, securing and maintaining those rights. Using modern tools, participants can post their declarations alongside thousands of students, teachers and parents from all over the country.
Below, I copied information about how to participate in http://www.declarationofeducation.com:
How to Participate
Participation in this event will have three general phases.
The key piece of participating is to talk with your classes and your community, and to create your declarations. These essential questions and icebreakers can help provide a starting point for the conversation. If you are doing this event in your classroom, feel free to share your plans so other people can use them or be inspired by them.
If you have a blog, write about your thoughts and preparations on your blog, and tag these posts with the term teachin11. Your post will be aggregated into this site.
2. The Teach In
The date selected for the Teach In is May 10, 2011. At the risk of stating the obvious, you should schedule your Teach In for the time that makes the most sense for you and your learning community.
Feel free to add your event to the calendar.
3. Reporting Back, and Next Steps
Once you have held your event, tell the world about it!
If you have a blog, write about your experiences on your blog, and tag them with the term teachin11. Your post will be aggregated into this site.
If you do not have a blog, there are multiple ways for you to share your participation. Choose the one that works best for you.
Write a Declaration of Education, and share it on this site.