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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

November 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

On the agenda: Films, discussions on preschool, high-stakes testing

Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

A number of education events will be held this week on early childhood education and standardized testing.

For those of you interested in both topics, we’re sorry to say that two of them are at about the same time this coming Thursday.

On pre-K: King County is hosting a free screening of “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation,” the opening episode in a series that will air on PBS this spring. King County says the series will explore “the importance of investing in early childhood development.”

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on “what it takes to ensure King County is a community where young children thrive.” Panel participants will include King County Executive Dow Constantine, and early learning advocates and educators. 6 p.m. Thursday, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. 2nd St., Renton.

On standardized testing: The Seattle Education Association is hosting a free public showing of “Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education,” which also will be followed by a public forum. Among the speakers: University of Washington Associate Professor Wayne Au, who has written a book about high-stakes testing, and Garfield teacher Jesse Hagopian, who helped lead Garfield’s test boycott in 2012, and has a book coming out, an edited series of essays entitled “More than a Test.

The organizers say the event is tied to a vote at the state teachers’ union annual meeting that calls for teachers to work with students and parents to promote opt-out of the new tests that will be given statewide this spring, called Smarter Balanced, and come up with alternatives. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Ark Lodge Cinema, 4816 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle.

More on pre-K: Starting Saturday, the city of Seattle’s Office for Education is holding a series of six community meetings, each on a different topic related to the recently approved city preschool pilot. They all will be free, too, with food, childcare and interpretation sessions available. The topics will be: Family Engagement, dual language programs, teacher pathways to certification, curriculum, and teacher training and coaching. For details, and to RSVP, go here.

Know of an event that would be of interest to Education Lab readers? Let me (Linda Shaw) know at: lshaw@seattletimes.com.

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