CPS ‘Educating the Whole Student’ Conference Informed, Inspired

Panelists (from left) Willie Rodriguez, Carl Sciortino, Barbara Fields and Jay Kaufman.

Panelists (from left) Willie Rodriguez, Carl Sciortino, Barbara Fields and Jay Kaufman.

Parents, teachers, administrators, policymakers, legislators, researchers and others filled a large conference room at Bunker Hill Community College Saturday and were treated to a rich presentation on “Educating the Whole Student.” A dynamic group of speakers and participants informed, inspired and challenged us to do the work needed to bring about the change we need. We may have miles to go to reach our goals and vision, but we have a large and growing community of thoughtful, dedicated and energetic allies ready to make the journey.

Keynote speaker Deborah Meier set the tone by urging us to be feisty and flex our democratic muscles to remake schools so that all children can bring their innate drive and curiosity and trust that it won’t be crushed. We need to fight for schools that model and nurture the skills needed for a vibrant democratic society, not schools that train children to choose a predetermined right answer.   → Read More

Conference Honoring Darwin | Nov. 20, 2009

On Friday, November 20, 2009, a conference for scientists and science teachers will be held in Cambridge, MA, at the Whitehead Institute, honoring the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.”

A morning session for the MIT community will feature lectures by some of the foremost experts in the evolution of the vertebrate eye and vision science (8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

A special two-hour afternoon session beginning at 4:15 p.m. will be geared towards high school biology teachers, with the opportunity to hear from the same experts who lectured in the morning, including Darwin scholar John Durant, director of the MIT Museum; Dr. Graeme Wistow, section chief on Molecular Structure and Function at the National Eye Institute; Prof. Nancy Kanwisher, investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research; and Prof. Constance Cepko, a Harvard Medical School geneticist.

After the afternoon talks, breakout sessions will allow teachers to explore specific topics in small groups with the scientists.   → Read More

CPS Presents “Educating the Whole Student” | Oct. 17, 2009

Whole Child Conference

Whole Child Conference - October 17, 2009

Citizens for Public Schools is proud to present a conference for parents, students, community leaders, educators, activists, advocates, policy makers, and anyone interested in the education and welfare of our children. REGISTER NOW: IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Location: Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA 02129.
Time: 10am-2pm (Registration opens at 9am) in Lecture Hall C202. Complete directions and parking information are here. Note: Due to construction on Rutherford Ave., enter parking lots via Austin St., opposite the 99 Restaurant.
Cost: $25 registration fee before October 12   *$12 students & seniors

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided for Conference Registrants

Also Featuring: Keynote speaker Deborah Meier and Dr. Louis Kruger’s insightful documentary about the failings of the MCAS, which will be screened before and after the conference.

Registration: Please click the Donate Now button below and select “October 17 Conference” to register for the conference.

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