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Our Reforms – What Works, How Do We Know

March 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

How do we know what education reforms work?

Last July Illinois did away with the highly touted PARCC exam for high school students after teachers, parents, and students from across the state boycotted it. How should communities respond to new educational initiatives like the PARCC exam? How can good reforms be distinguished from bad ones?

Join Frederick Hess (AEI), Charles Payne (University of Chicago), Charles Tocci (Loyola University), and Mariela Estrada (Brighton Park Neighborhood Council) for a conversation on how communities can put public education reforms to the test.

After a short talk by Frederick Hess, participants will break out into small groups to get a chance to talk about how their experiences in Chicago resonate with others’ across the state and country. Then we’ll end the evening by coming back together for a closing assembly – moderated by Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times. The evening will also feature a performance of poetry by UChicago Charter middle-school students.

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This event is presented in partnership with Generation All, Free Spirit Media, IL Raise Your Hand, Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois, and others.


March 9, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Illinois Humanities


UChicago Charter Woodlawn
6420 S University Ave
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
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