EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  - The "brain-based" experiential learning process that was successful at Chipman Middle School in California is the focus of a free upcoming NJEA-sponsored event this month.

This event reflects the concerns not only of NJEA members, but also of parents interested in the impact of increased data-driven instruction and record-keeping being the only measures of success at schools.  

The New Jersey Education Association and the Middlesex County Education Association’s United Parents and Educators group is pleased to present a showing of the movie Defies Measurement at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 at the Pines Manor in Edison.  

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East Brunswick Education President Dr. Dana Zimbicki praises the film as a "challenge to think in a new way about assessment and how studnets learn."

The film Defies Measurement  by Shannon Puckett illustrates how educational reform efforts have intensified since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was reauthorized and renamed No Child Left Behind in 2002. Educators and parents are concerned about school programs being cut or altered due to districts diverting funds to improve scores and meet the requirements of mandated, standardized tests.

The movie offers a platform for educators, politicians, and experts in fields related to learning and brain development, to analyze the effects of education reform, and help viewers better understand the issues facing our public schools.

This event will offer participants the opportunity to discuss the ownership of public education, after taking a hard look at what happens when special interest groups are allowed to make decisions that affect our public schools. Viewers will decide for themselves if standardized tests provide an accurate reflection of student learning and teacher effectiveness.

Registration will begin at 4:30pm, followed by dinner and the film. In addition, guests may visit booths featuring information on current educational issues, parent training, financial planning for higher education, PARCC, evaluation tools, voter registration, and more.

A panel discussion with audience participation will close the evening. Panelists will include author and Executive Director of Network for Public Education, Carol Burris, blogger and educational activist Mark Weber, aka Jersey Jazzman, and film producer and director, Shannon Puckett.

Guests may reserve their tickets free of charge at the Event Bright web address: http://bit.ly/defy-film. Seating is limited so please register soon!