In this podcast, recorded on my last day at the NCTE Annual Convention, I share a recording of a listening session hosted by NCTE. In the session, the U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, Peter Cunningham, represents the Department. He took questions for most of the session, and I found the conversation fascinating.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be in conversation with our government, and I hope that you are making efforts to be in conversation with your public officials.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the conversation. I’ll share two short observations. First, I found that there were many issues raised by the questioners in the audience. Thoughtful ones, in many cases. But it seems that what was heard was simply “we (meaning educators) want less testing.” That’s a gross oversimplification of the issues expressed. I do hope that the US Department of Education is listening just a little more carefully1
I’d also reiterate my eagerness to see the specifics of the National Ed Tech Plan implementation. Right now, it’s a fine plan. How will it be implemented?2