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Kris L. Nielsen

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Children of the Core
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There are innovative educators in thousands of classrooms all across America. Having served as a middle grades educator and instructional leader for six years in New Mexico, Oregon, and North Carolina, Kris L. Nielsen is one of them. Nielsen became frustrated as he watched political policies put in place that are strangling the drive and desire for educators to be the innovative class leaders they grew to be. Even worse, he found the new national standards, which he and others were being forced to implement, by design, have squelched the ability to allow students to be creative and innovative themselves.

As a result Nielsen was compelled to write Children of the Core written with parents in mind, and with students as the inspiration. Nielsen says, “We--parents, students, and teachers--were promised a revolutionary new system that would narrow the achievement gaps in reading and math, create environments for deeper and critical thinking, and prepare our students for life, career, and college. What we’re finding is that none of this is true. It’s all totally opposite.”

Nielsen has refocused his work to fight for the schools our children need. He is speaking out and publishing his work in places like the Washington Post, The Innovative Educator, and Diane Ravitch’s blog. He explains that students need all of us to be willing to stand up for them and tell the corporate education reformers and government leaders that they can’t treat us this way.


Academy votes and reviews

 
Kris L. Nielsen 2013-04-07 11:51:08 Lisa Michelle Nielsen
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Reviewed by Lisa Michelle Nielsen    April 07, 2013
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Last fall Kris L. Nielsen submitted to the Washington Post, his "Letter from disgusted teacher: I quit. He explained that he quit because “I refuse to be led by a top-down hierarchy that is completely detached from the classrooms for which it is supposed to be responsible,” and “I will not spend another day under the expectations that I prepare every student for the increasing numbers of meaningless tests.” You can read the article here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/10/29/letter-from-disgusted-teacher-i-quit
 

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Kris L. Nielsen 2013-05-14 14:08:56 Alicia Kennedy Palifka
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Reviewed by Alicia Kennedy Palifka    May 14, 2013
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Kris Nielsen has been an amazing advocate for the future of our children along advocating and helping the parents and teachers who have to fight for them!
Kris L. Nielsen 2013-04-19 13:31:14 M
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Reviewed by M    April 19, 2013
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Kris does not go blindly into the light. He is a true advocate for the children and cares deeply for them.
Kris L. Nielsen 2013-04-19 12:54:03 Johanna Kratzer Pititto
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Reviewed by Johanna Kratzer Pititto    April 19, 2013
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Kris L. Nielsen gives all of us parents the inpiration to keep moving forward to fight for the best possible education for our children.
Kris L. Nielsen 2013-04-19 09:12:52 Griselda Gigi Beaumont
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Reviewed by Griselda Gigi Beaumont    April 19, 2013
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Great role model.
Kris L. Nielsen 2013-04-19 07:10:04 Nadja Bester
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Reviewed by Nadja Bester    April 19, 2013
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Great work!
 
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