Freedom, Equality, Altruism

Authentic Assessments and Accountability in Education

Please join us at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, for an unprecedented gathering of university students and professors together with educators, administrators, and parents from public, private, and home schools.

This event is hosted by the Avalon Initiative, a collaborative project of the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research and the Research Institute for Waldorf Education.

In response to the push for market-based, high-stakes testing and common core learning standards, we will gather to share what we know to be true as teachers and parents based on our experiences in the classroom and the home.

Starting with the premise that it is essential for teachers to play a pivotal role in determining meaningful and age-appropriate assessments, we will explore the need for a self-governing, educator-led professional accountability system and how to create it.

The event will include panel presentations and discussion, small group conversations, student-performed humoresque and poetry on high-stakes testing, and the unveiling of a new peer-reviewed research study on Waldorf assessment methods.

Current list of Presenters and Conversation Facilitators:

  • Heinz-Dieter Myer, PhD – Associate Professor of Education Administration and Policy Studies, SUNY Albany
  • Carol Ann Bärtges – High School Humanities teacher, the Rudolf Steiner School, NYC
  • Katie Zahedi, PhD – Assistant Professor of Education Administration, SUNY New Paltz
  • Patrice Maynard – Director of Publications and Development at the Research Institute for Waldorf Education
  • Gary Lamb – Co-Director, Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research

The Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY is one of the nation’s foremost educational retreat centers. It is situated in the mid-Hudson Valley region known for its natural beauty, art, and cultural innovation. It is a great place for an inspiring conference on educational renewal and professional rejuvenation.

For more information, click here to visit the Avalon Initiative website, or contact Gary Lamb via email or phone 518-672-4465 x 223.

Supporting sponsors for this event are the Omega Institute and Chronogram magazine.

When: Sat, Apr 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $35 - $75
Where: Omega Institute
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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