Teaching was always a challenge. Then came 2020: a pandemic, political implosions, and a reckoning with systematic racism.
Here, two seasoned teachers invite colleagues to tell us like it is – and what they envision it could be.
Action: Record a 2-5 minute video* response to the prompt and share it with email@example.com or FB @thepostassessment. If you are more comfortable, audio works!
What: With a focus on problems and solutions in education, share your experience as a teacher before and during 2020.
Where: Follow us on Facebook & Instagram (@thepostassessment).
Your 1st Asynch task: (2/5/21) Start with the basics. Prompt: Think back to last Spring. Tell your story of when and how your school shut down.
First, say: your state, how long you’ve been teaching, your subject area(s), and if you’re virtual/hybrid/in-person. If you’re up for it, say your name and school.
Video release: By submitting a video to Tonight at Dawn Media and/or @The Post Assessment, you are giving permission for us to publish it on our vlog and social media sites (e.g. FaceBook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter). If a narrative “emerges” from this project, we may want to use your video in a full length or short film. Unless you state otherwise with your submission, we also reserve the right to include your video in the film.
Questions? Ideas? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here.
Producers: Kimberly Cecchini & Rashon Briggs
We have been teaching special education for a couple of decades each, and for all the new initiatives and lingo that rolls in and out each September, it feels like we are still working on the same factory line; the conveyor belt keeps speeding up, data is crunched, but there’s no time for quality control. An educated populace is the foundation of building a democratic and just society, but education is undervalued and stagnant.
Just like in all other sectors of society, 2020 has forced a seismic shift in our schools and exposed the deep pervasiveness of inequities.
A vaccine will hopefully inoculate us from COVID-19, but it won’t cure the ills of our systems. So, when we again pack students into rows of desks, will we revert back to the factory floor or will we evolve education to meet 21st Century challenges?
Through prompts, this vlog (and maybe one day, film), will share voices of special educators from across the United States about not just the good and the bad about teaching through a pandemic, but what we envision could change education – and new generations – to create a stronger, more equitable nation.
And, given the years of encore performances in the classroom, I know that the story of teaching special education will be told through tears, laughter, and some colorful language.