It Is a Wake-Up Call for All of Us

Kappa Delta Pi helped bring the documentary “Rise Above the Mark” to Indianapolis on Friday. You can read all about the premier and panel that followed, which included education reformer Diane Ravitch, on Chalkbeat Indiana. Staff also wanted to share their feelings about the event:

staff“I was empowered by the movie and the discussion. Educators are passionate about the profession and know what changes need to happen for the betterment of all students and the future of our communities and country.” –West Regional Chapter Coordinator, Karen DeLawter

“The overwhelming number of teachers who attended the ‘Rise Above the Mark’ showing clearly demonstrated their passion and commitment to teaching, but also their great frustration with the current political mandates on the profession. Though teachers may not consider themselves advocates or political beings, they need to speak out and have their voices heard—so that they can teach in the ways they know are most effective and do what is best for every student.” –Publications Director, Kathie-Jo Arnoff

“Bringing ‘Rise Above the Mark’ to the Indianapolis community was important to Kappa Delta Pi not just to bring awareness about these issues to the citizens who might not know the struggles teachers face, but to also empower teachers to start a dialogue with their peers, administrators, and legislators. It was inspiring to hear the comments teachers were sharing in the Clowes Hall lobby after the panel. I’m excited to see what ripple effects this one film has on the teaching community.” –Director of Marketing panel& Communications, Laura Stelsel

“The premier of ‘Rise Above the Mark’ was a great opportunity to hear more about the state of education in Indiana. As a former teacher in both private and public schools, it was wonderful to hear both perspectives represented during the panel discussion following the film. I always love hearing multiple perspectives and agree that we need to continue to have more of these discussions to further improve the education of the next generation.” –Northeast Regional Chapter Coordinator, Katie Heath

“I appreciated having a venue where issues of critical importance to education in Indiana were discussed.  It is my hope that the conversation will continue in a productive way that serves to advance all stakeholders’ understanding of the challenges facing our schools so that all of Indiana’s children have equal opportunities for an excellent education.” –Executive Director, Faye Snodgress

banner“Attending this movie and panel presentation really raised my awareness of how the wrong people are now making decisions that affect every student and every teacher. We need to pay attention to what is going on in the legislature. It is a wake-up call for all of us.” –Event and Executive Coordinator, Anne Boley

“I appreciated the documentary serving as a voice for Indiana public schools, and I agree with the comments from Dr. Diane Ravitch that our communities need to be the ones holding THEIR teachers accountable. It is important to use a variety of both formative and summative assessments in the classroom, but I disagree that those should be mandated and evaluated by individuals or groups who do not know the students (or teachers!) on a personal level. The reason that our parents are wanting school choice is because they want someone to make a difference in their child’s life much like the impact a teacher had on them—it’s not all about the test scores. Why can’t we make public schools the schools of choice?” –Assistant Director of Membership & Chapter Services, Chris Beaman

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