Russ Walsh, Steve Singer and Katie Lapham Featured Book Talk at the 2017 Network For Public Education Conference (NPE)

About The Network For Public Education Conference (NPE) #NPE17CA

2017 marks our 4th annual national conference and we’re headed to Oakland, California. We will join with friends and allies to learn, share and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead during an administration that wants to privatize our schools. Public education is the pillar of our democracy. Come and learn what you can do to fight for equitable, democratically governed public schools for America’s children.

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NPE Session: United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Education Agenda

When: Saturday October 14, 2017, 1:40pm – 2:55pm
Book: United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Education Agenda

  • Katie LaphamKatie Lapham is a NYC Public School Teacher and Author of the Critical Classrooms, Critical Kids Blog
  • Steven SingerSteven Singer is a Public School Teacher, Education Advocate and Author of the Gadfly on the Wall Blog
  • Russ WalshRuss Walsh is a Public School Teacher, Literacy Specialist, Curriculum Supervisor and College Instructor, and Author of A Parent’s Guide to Public Education (Garn Press) and the Russ on Reading Blog

NPE Session Description

The purpose of this session is to shine a light on the dangers of a Trump administration to public schools and public school children and to spur resistance through writing, speaking out, organizing and protesting. The presenters are all contributors to the new book from Garn Press “United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda.” Each panelist will provide a brief presentation based on their essay in the book, followed by responses to questions posed by the moderator. Topics to be addressed will include the impact of Trump’s racist comments on teaching and learning in the public schools, organizing resistance to the Trump/DeVos privatization agenda, pushing back at Trump’s lies about public schools and providing a safe learning environment for Muslim students in the age of Trump. After the presentation and discussion, the session will be opened to questions from the audience. Featured panelists include: Russ WalshSteven Singer, and Katie Lapham.

NPE Session Panelists

Steven Singer

About Steven Singer

Steven Singer is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher in western Pennsylvania. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and has an MAT from the University of Pittsburgh. He is Director of the Research and Blogging Committee for the Badass Teachers Association, and is co-founder of the Pennsylvania-based education budget advocacy group T.E.A.C.H. (Tell Everyone All Cuts Hurt). He ran a successful campaign through against the since repealed Voter ID law in the Keystone State. He joined United Opt Out as an administrator in 2016. He is a member of the Education Bloggers Network. His writing on education and civil rights issues has appeared in the Washington Post, Education Week, the LA Progressive,, and Portside Navigator. He blogs at gadflyonthewallblog.


Katie Lapham

About Katie Lapham

Katie Lapham is a NYC Public School Teacher and Author of the Critical Classrooms, Critical Kids Blog, challenging the forces that are taking creativity and inspiration out of the classrooms. Since 2013, she has been strongly encouraging residents of New York State – and beyond – to refuse the Common Core-aligned grades 3-8 state tests in math and ELA.







Russ Walsh

About Russ Walsh

Russ Walsh has had a forty-five year career in public education as a teacher, literacy specialist, curriculum supervisor and college instructor. He has taught at every level of education from kindergarten through graduate school. His major academic interests have been in reading fluency, content literacy, instructional practice and parental involvement in education. Russ was active for many years with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and was a member of that organization’s Parents and Reading Committee, as well as the co-founder and chair of the Parents and Reading Special Interest Group for ILA. In those roles, Russ helped organize and deliver parent programs as a part of ILA’s yearly international conference. Russ blogs on public education, literacy instruction and teaching practice at Russ on Reading


About United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda – Essays on Protest and Resistance

In United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda – Essays on Protest and Resistance Garn Press has gathered together essays by great scholars and renowned teachers who oppose the direction in which President Trump is leading the country. These are essays, to quote George Lakoff, which frame American values accurately and systemically day after day, telling truths by American majority moral values.

These are essays of protest against and resistance to Trump’s presidency, to his billionaire cabinet, to the privileging in the White House of white supremacists, the promulgation of “alternate facts”, the denigration of media sources, the purges of State Department personnel, the gag orders at the EPA and scientists placed on “watch lists”, the travel bans on people from wide swaths of U.S. society and on refugees … the list is long.

They are also essays that tackle the question of what we can do to stop Trump from becoming a fast moving catastrophe. When the hands of the Doomsday Clock were moved closer to midnight, President Trump was named specifically as an existential risk to humanity. There is no doubt that we must all act. The writers of conscience who have written this collection of essays are all actively engaged in opposing President Trump and their writings encourage us to participate in the resistance movement.  Read with a pencil in hand. Make notes on what you can do to join aspects of the movement that reflects the needs and concerns of your community. Through social media you can go global while acting locally.

Book: United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda – Essays on Protest and Resistance
Authors: 17 contributing authors (see list below)
(192 pp.) $8.95
ISBN: 978-1942146575
Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Waterstones | IndieBound (local bookstore) | Books-A-Million | Indigo Books
Ebook: Amazon

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