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Welcome to Urban Teachers Speak Out, a website devoted to telling the story of urban teachers and urban education today
"An Open Letter to President Obama: Chicago Teachers Speak Out on Urban Education",
by Deborah Lynch, published by
NCPEA Press is now availablefor $22
An Open Letter to President Obama is a thoughtful reflection on working in urban schools today, with recommendations for the President, the Education Secretary and education leaders throughout the country from these urban experts. They have much to say about restoring respect to the profession, improving urban schools, and closing the achievement gap. The call went out and over two thousand teaching professionals responded. They want to be heard. They want our leaders in particular, and the public in general, to know what they think, how much they appreciate and accept the tremendous responsibility they have undertaken, and how much they truly care about the children they serve.
10% Discount for CPS Teachers!
CPS teachers can receive a 10% discount by sending their CSP email address and a check for $22.00 ($19.80 plus $2.20 mailing costs) to D. Lynch, CSU-ED319, 9501 S King Dr., Chicago IL 60628. Expires 6/15/13.
Lynch also available for free book presentations and readings
Deborah Lynch is available to speak on her book and do 1-2 hour professional development presentations and/or book readings at no charge to public schools. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org/ 312-890-7713312-890-7713.
"Open Letter"Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Overview of the study "Attack on Urban Teachers"
Overview of the study and 2300 survey results, findings of the research on attitudes/experiences in the year leading up to the 2012 Chicago strike
Case: Barbara, School Social Worker serving Multiple Schools
Chapter 2. Public perception: what urban teachers want the public to know
Discusses the major themes teachers raised around commitment, investment, support, and consideration of poverty
Case: Jamie, West Side High Poverty High School
Chapter 3. School system reforms: analysis and recommendations
Teacher assessment of the impact effectiveness of various urban reforms such as closing underperforming schools, longer day, emphasis on testing
Case: Terry, Displaced from a High Poverty Turnaround Elementary School
Chapter 4. Lessons learned about teaching children in poverty
Teachers talk about insights on poverty while working in a system where nine of every ten children lives below the poverty level
Case: Tommie, High Poverty Elementary School
Chapter 5. Closing the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged
A review of the eight recommendations from the front lines as to how to address the increasing achievement gap
Case: Pat, Selective Enrollment High School
Chapter 6. Analysis of the leadership/climate/morale/effectiveness of schools
An analysis and comparison of the differences in schools where teachers report positive morale and climate and those reporting negative cultures
Case: Marty, High Poverty Turnaround High School
Chapter 7. Stories which have moved urban teachers the most
Teachers were asked to illustrate their experience with a story and these include the funny, the touching, the moving, the inspiring
Case: Kevin, High Poverty Elementary Schools
Chapter 8. Conclusions and recommendations
Implications and considerations for school, district, state and national efforts to improve urban education.