Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rethinking Schools at AERA

Dear Friend of Rethinking Schools,

As many of you know, the biggest education conference in the country is the annual American Educational Research Association gathering -- held this year in New York City, March 24-28.

Once again, Rethinking Schools will be there.

And if you'll be there, too, or know someone who will be, you can help. -- Are you speaking at a session? Urge participants to check out Rethinking Schools materials. Are you attending some sessions with a social justice focus? Come by the booth -- Hilton, Americas Hall II, Booth #2122 -- and get some RS catalogs and book flyers to take along with you.

Exhibits will run Tuesday (9-5), Wednesday (9-5), and Thursday (9-4). Again, Rethinking Schools will be in Americas Hall II of the Hilton, booth #2122. (Note that this year there are two exhibit halls.) Come by and say hello and check out our latest books, including the hot-off-the-presses Keeping the Promise: The Debate Over Charter Schools. Also, just out, is our latest special issue of Rethinking Schools: "Rewriting the Script," featuring a collection of outstanding articles on testing, NCLB, scripted curricula, Reading First -- and creative resistance. We'll have all our books and many back issues of Rethinking Schools magazine -- all for sale at heavily discounted conference rates.

Joining me at the Rethinking Schools booth will be Rethinking Schools editor Bill Bigelow. Editors Wayne Au and Stan Karp will also be doing stints in the booth throughout the week.

And we invite you to attend sessions that Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au will be participating in:

1. "Culture, Politics, and Activism: Critical Pedagogy and Content for the 21st Century." Monday, 12-1:30pm, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, Riverside Ballroom, 3rd Floor

2. "The Civics of Educational Inequality: High-Stakes Testing and the Sociology of School Knowledge." Wednesday, 2:15-3:45 pm, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, Carnegie Suite West, 3rd. Floor.

3. With Sophia Ward - "Civic Responsibility and the Challenge of High-Stakes Testing: Exercising our Right to an Equitable Educational System." Thursday, 11:25 am-12:05 pm. New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, Broadway Ballroom, Broadway North, 6th Floor.

If you'll be coming to AERA, we hope to see you. Thanks for your support of Rethinking Schools.

Mike Trokan
Business Manager
Rethinking Schools

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