Diane Ravitch keynotes Missouri NEA Conference





From the Missouri National Education Association
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A former leader in the current school reform effort, Diane Ravitch will keynote the Missouri National Education Association’s Fall Conference at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in Kansas City. Having served the Bush Administration as an education advisor, Ravitch writes and speaks about “Why I Changed My Mind About School Reform” in hopes that somehow Americans will stop the destructive “reform” boulder crushing the legacy of public education throughout the country.
WHO: Diane Ravitch, , author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System, will deliver the keynote address at Missouri NEA’s annual professional development conference for educators. Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education who is now a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
WHAT: Ravitch’s writing about what’s wrong with current school reform efforts is both frightening and hopeful: frightening because it shows the destructiveness of current reforms and hopeful because it offers many important and inspiring lessons. Learn from her experiences and insight into who’s behind the reform and the problems with their agenda.
The Missouri NEA Fall Conference provides professional development offerings and educational exhibits for education employees across the state. Conferees will attend workshops throughout the afternoon with the keynote presentation following. Missouri NEA’s Representative Assembly, the association’s bi-annual business meeting will follow the conference on Saturday.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 (7-8:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Holiday Inn Southeast (across I-70 from the Sports Complex), Grand Ballroom D and E, 9103 E. 39th St., Kansas City, MO
WHY: Missouri NEA strives to provide professional learning opportunities to its members and potential members across the state. Professional development is just one of the many services MNEA provides in its members in an effort to provide a great public school for every child in the state. Learn more about Missouri NEA at www.mnea.org.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Missouri NEA’s membership magazine, Something Better, featured “Protecting a Legacy,” an article by Diane Ravitch, in its fall issue. Find the article at www.mnea.org under Publications and Research/Something Better Online.
The 35,000-member MNEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3.2 million-member NEA.

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Posted Date: 11/8/2010
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