How do we create community connections beyond our school walls? By opening our doors, says Cambridge elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro in her MTA ED Talk.
Phipps Soeiro turned her school library into a community hub — a place where her elementary school students and their families come together with elected officials, community organizers and others in the name of civic engagement.
Phipps Soeiro was one of eight speakers to present at MTA ED Talks: Big Ideas About Education at UMass Amherst on August 1, 2016. Phipps Soeiro is an elementary school librarian, founder of the Cambridge Book Bike and an advocate for inclusive literature and school spaces. Her Twitter handle is @reflectlibrary.
MTA ED Talks give a platform for educators and others to present "big ideas about education." Videos were recorded at the MTA Summer Conference. The newest videos, from the Class of 2016, will be posted weekly on Tuesday evenings beginning on November 29.
Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are privately operated with no local oversight. They hurt public school students by siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars from local districts. Learn more at http://massteacher.org/charterschools.
MTA launched a Listening Tour in 2013-14 to give educators a platform to voice their opinions about what changes in education policies are needed at the local, state and national levels. The effort began in the Berkshires and then spread to other parts of the state.
MTA Communications produced videos of Listening Tour sessions in Berkshire County, Holyoke and Taunton. New videos from Dover-Sherborn and the Gateway Regional School District will be coming soon. MTA members are encouraged to hold forums to discuss and begin organizing around high-stakes testing and related issues. More information will be available about these forums in the coming weeks.