SANTA FE—New Mexico school reforms will be the center of discussion during the Education Powerhouse 2015 conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 28 at the National Education Association (NEA) facility, 2007 Botulph Road in Santa Fe.
Anthony Cody, co-founder of the national Network for Public Education, author and veteran teacher will speak at the conference. Cody, author of The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation, and host of Living in Dialogue, a national education blog, is a 24-year teaching veteran. Other speakers will be New Mexico Senator and Educator Howie Morales, D-District 28, Author and Educator Kris Nielsen (Children of the Core, 2013; Uncommon, 2013) and Chicago Public Schools Teacher Michelle Gunderson, who helped shape the discussion that led to the Chicago Teachers Union’s unanimous vote to reject Common Core State Standards.
The free day-long conference is focused on educating and empowering students, parents, educators and community members to understand and actively respond to education reforms.
Participants will get a chance to learn about Common Core, where it came from, and the associated tests that accompany it, such as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Parents will learn how to advocate for their children and refuse standardized testing.
Event organizers include NM Refuse the Tests, Stand4KidsNM, Stop Common Core in Santa Fe and Farmington and NEA in Santa Fe.