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The NCLB forums on this page are part of a series being held across the country, sponsored by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, the National Academy of Education, and the National Society for the Study of Education. Since President Bush signed NCLB into law in 2002, reactions have ranged from strong support to adamant opposition. Proponents commend the focus on high standards and holding schools accountable for student achievement. Opponents maintain that the accountability standards are unrealistic and charge that the federal government has not provided adequate resources so schools can comply with NCLB. As a condition of receiving federal funding for public elementary and secondary schools, NCLB requires:
  • High academic standards in English, mathematics, and science
  • English and mathematics assessments, using standards-aligned tests annually in grades 3-8 and once in grades 10-12
  • Science assessment at three grade levels, using tests aligned with standards
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Accountability for student achievement as measured by the assessments through schools’ demonstration of adequate yearly progress (AYP)
  • Report cards on schools
 
Saturday, April 30, 2005 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with David Berliner
The Kappa Delta Pi International Honorary Society in Education (KDP), the National Academy of Education (NAE), and the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) are cosponsoring public information forums on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in communities across the U.S. Please check back for further information.

Location: New Orleans

Monday, February 28, 2005 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Jerome Bruner–CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER; WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL
Jerome Bruner of the NYU School of Law will be joined by moderator Mary Brabeck, dean, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University and panelists David Imig, president, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be a question and answer period following comments from the panel.

Location: 6:30-8:30 PM Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center 60 Washington Sq. S. New York, NY Contact: Amy Swauger, 212-998-9036 as1747@nyu.edu

Wednesday, February 09, 2005 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Adam Gamoran was joined by panelists Caroline Allen, state legislative and advocacy chairperson, Pennsylvania PTA; Jim Testerman, vice president, State Education Association; Scott Boyd, state representative; Robert Frick, superintendent, Lampeter-Strasberg School District; and Jeff Smink, director of federal relations, Pennsylvania Department of Education. Close to 300 people, according to College of Education spokespeople, attended the meeting and questions continued past the 9 PM end time. See news stories on NSSE homepage.

Location: 7-9 PM Bolger Conference Center 1 S. George St. Millersville,PA For directions: http://muweb.millersville.edu/directions.php

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Ted Sizer
Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education hosted about 200 guests at a town hall meeting on NCLB on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Theodore Sizer, chair of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and David Haselkorn of Lesley provided their perspectives on the impact of NCLB on teaching and learning. Christopher Coxon, Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, described the realities of working with NCLB in an urban school system. This meeting was not filmed.

Location: Lesley University Marran Theater 29 Everett Street Cambridge, MA

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Catherine Snow
Catherine Snow was joined by Dr. Christopher Farmer, superintendent of the Gloucester Public Schools, and Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) in an informative discussion of the NCLB legislation and its impact on Massachusetts schooling. The evening was filmed and excerpts from the meeting will be available on this site shortly. Please check back.

Location: Gloucester High School 22 Leslie O. Johnson Road Gloucester, MA

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Thursday, October 07, 2004 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Deborah Meier
Deborah Meier, Principal of Mission Hills School, Boston, MA, and founder of the Central Park East School, and author of numerous books including The Power of Their Ideas and Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools, spoke to an enthusiatic crowd at the Lone Mountain Conference Center at the University of San Francisco on Thursday, October 7. Her talk was filmed and will be available for viewing soon. Please check back.

Location: Lone Mountain Conference Center, Pacific Rim Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Judith Warren Little, David Pearson & Alan Schoenfeld
NCLB was discussed by a panel that featured UC Berkeley faculty P. David Pearson, Judith Warren Little, and Alan Schoenfeld and moderated by Phil Daro, executive director of the Public Forum on School Accountability, in front of a crowd of about 200. There were many questions addressed to the panel, which plans to post and discuss some of questions that could not be answered due to time constraints on the UC Berkeley website. We will post that address when it becomes available, and will also made available on the NSSE site clips from the discussion. Please check back later.

Location: University of California, Berkeley, 2040 Life Science Building (off Frank Schlessinger Way)

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Patricia Albjerg Graham
Pat Graham of Harvard was joined by three Chicago-area panelists–the Chicago Public Schools Chief Officer for NCLB implementation, an elementary school principal, and the Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for Evanston Township High School District–as she presented a historical perspective on NCLB. The panelists then took questions from the audience. Listen to Dr. Graham’s comments here. Read a digested version of the discussion at http://www.kdp.org/membership/understndtownhm.php

Location: University of Illinois, Chicago

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004 — Town Hall Meeting: No Child Left Behind with Nel Noddings
Nel Noddings of Stanford University spoke to an enthusiastic crowd and took questions about the NCLB Act, in the inaugural town hall meeting. Listen to her comments here.

Location: College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

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