Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence (TREE) is excited to announce “Tested to Death,” a community forum featuring the authors of The Mismeasure of Education, Dr. Jim Horn and Dr. Denise Wilburn. The event will held at the New Song Church auditorium (formerly Turner School) at 2949 Nolensville Pike in Nashville on Saturday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Horn and Dr. Wilburn will discuss education policies related to high-stakes testing and the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) used to evaluate teachers.
The program is open to the public, and parents, teachers, students, and concerned citizens are invited to attend.
About Dr. Horn
Dr. Horn has been an educator for four decades, with time divided between public schools and higher education. He is still, today, a proud Tennessee educator—holding licenses for English 7-12, Library Media K-12, and Administration 7-12. His PhD is from UT Knoxville in Social Foundations of Education.
Since 1996, Dr. Horn has taught at four higher education institutions between Shreveport, LA, and Cambridge, MA and he currently teaches at Cambridge College in the Department of Educational Leadership. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and online publications, on subjects ranging from complexity theory to education reform history. Dr. Horn is a staunch advocate for social justice and human rights inside and outside of schools, and he owes what small success he enjoys today to teachers who believed in him and to parents who believed in teachers. He is a native of Houston County and still enjoys sailing Kentucky Lake. He has a daughter and three grandchildren who are teaching him about what it is like to be a student in public schools today.
About Dr. Wilburn
Denise Wilburn has been a part of the Tennessee educational system for 53 years. Her work in Tennessee education spans across all levels, from kindergarten through graduate school, and her professional assignments span from speech therapist to classroom teacher to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for a TN school district. She has also served on advisory committees for the Tennessee Department of Education and State Board of Education. Viewed through the theories of chaos and complexity, her graduate studies focused on mandated assessment in Tennessee. She continues her work in education through writing about and advocating for NO HIGH STAKES TESTING in Tennessee.