I’ve decided to write a book and I’m seeking people who are willing to be interviewed. As I am self-funding this effort, interviewees will NOT be paid for participating.
As you may know, I have a PhD in Education and have been working as an educational evaluator for over 25 years. I have interviewed thousands of parents, teachers, and kids. My work focuses on looking at the impact of efforts to improve education — everything from in-school programming to after-school programming.
For the past couple of years, I’ve noticed that the people I interview almost always get emotional when they describe the challenges they are facing–and this happens in low and high performing schools alike. I have come to realize that there are many stories out there about what it’s like to be part of one of the most highly celebrated (at least according to standardized test results) school systems in the world — and I’m just referring to Massachusetts. We have loads of statistics on the Massachusetts education system. According to the latest PISA results, MA students perform just as well as top countries like Finland and Singapore.
But, I’d like to take a peek behind those numbers. My idea is to give a voice to the stories of the Massachusetts teachers, parents, kids, and others who are part of the system.
We know what the test scores show. What are the unintended consequences of being a top performer? What’s the impact on people’s lives and well being and on the community at large? These are just some of the questions I would like to explore.
If you are a Massachusetts teacher, parent, or student and you are willing to share your story confidentially, please contact me: here