What are you lobbying for, against or to change? Explain the issue
are lobbying for 1. smaller neighborhood schools(this may involve
breaking schools into academies). 2. To not segregate bad kids into
alternative schools. In reality, how is an alternative school going to
help bad children learn when they are all "distractions" to each other?
hope of this is to break down the barriers between "bad children" and
good students so that all students may have the opportunity to receive a
good education. We want all students to have the attention they need
from their teachers, so they all can progress on the same learning path,
instead of one group moving forward without the other. - Cody’s Take on the Situation
people think of this idea as a roadblock in the more intelligent
students, but in reality, each type of student can benefit each other by
sharing their experiences. Tending to other’s needs can show
self-growth and progression in students who attend these Alternative
Schools. These students need to be nurtured in an environment that has a
purpose, and not one that is detrimental to their learning experience. -
Every student deserves a great education, and needs to speak up for it.- Cody’s Message “Never let others co-opt your language for purposes that are counter to your own believes.” - Chris Lehmann of The Science Leadership Academy.
Elaborate on your motivation for investigating and influencing public policy?
personal experience, I both have realized it helps me to help others.
Explaining processes to other people helps clarify information to
myself. Also, knowing I am learning in an environment where others are
willing to help me out makes me feel better about my learning. I want
students to be confident in their learning environment. We are focusing
on the engagement of how students learn in their environments. Students
should have access to all of the resources they could imagine including
peers to answer questions and give advice. -Taylor’s Thoughts
Who are the main supporters of your lobbying idea?
The main supporters of this lobbying idea are: * Edgatopia: is an organization that reports what works in education and how. Their main focus points: “Teachers
must lay the groundwork for successful social and emotional learning by
establishing an environment of trust and respect in the classroom.
Empathy is key. Before children can be expected to unite to achieve
academic goals, they must be taught how to work together, and so it
provides them with strategies and tools for cooperative learning.” - Taylor’s Great Reference Quote.
Cody’s Main Resources: *
Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, whose mission is to provide
students with the necessary tools to make them the leaders of tomorrow. * Educators like Deborah Meier, who has had 3 decades of working hand in hand with students. * Chris Lehmann a practical idealist for the pursuit of a greater education. People
like these are ones who dream of the practical education. One that they
believe should comes standard with all students, regardless of any
background, or status.
Who are the main opponents of your lobbying idea?
main opponents of this lobbying topic is the school district policy.
There are many laws involving the expulsion of exceptional students
(students who move at a faster/slower pace than others; ones with
disabilities). The laws shown from the link below, state what a teacher
can and cannot do. There are also the laws in which students have to
follow shown in the “Student Code of Conduct, solely for students of the
Philadelphia School District. There are even stricter rules when it
comes to these Alternative schools, ones to where if they got in trouble
there, there wouldn’t be a place where they could come to every day.
These obstacles are preventing most students from progressing in their
there any pending legislation dealing with your lobbying idea? Explain.
If there is not, what would you like to see proposed. Elaborate.
is currently no pending legislation dealing with our lobbying idea. We
would like to see a few things proposed: 1. laws removed about the
expulsion of exceptional students 2. laws applied to stop segregating
students who have been in trouble from the rest of the student body 3.
laws applied to offer education to every child, every if they have a bad
past or background. 4. laws applied to monitor the size of schools,
specifically alternative and neighborhood schools.
Our Consensus: What does a "great school" mean? A great school offers a safe environment and an education for all types of learners.
How does a "great teacher" teach?
A great teacher is understanding and is always willing to explain,
assist, and explain again. A great teacher does not talk at the front of
the classroom, they engage the students minds and help students make
connections not only to the academic side of life but towards life
itself, the real world. They teach about the process and not about the
What do we value in that kind of education that can be measured?
We value a students ability to apply the process of what they learn,
not the facts and dates. We can measure this by there success in making
differences in society, their ability to relate information.
Any other information regarding the background for your topic.
the incidents at South Philadelphia High School, with racial
crimes/acts being directed to Chinese students, we sought the need to
interview a transfer student who went through the torment and woes
expressed onto them. This interview/documentary on the incidents that
occurred during that time, will show what could possibly happen when
large schools are not divided into academies, and when students of a
certain class are subject to mistreatment. - Cody’s Take
We want to get opinions from students whom have been exposed to these
somewhat dangerous learning environments. We know what we think should
and should not work, but we need to know what actually works and does
not work. - Taylor’s Take