Nobody Keeps Xian Down

Nobody Keeps Xian Down

Whatever happened to Xian Barrett, the teacher activist whose picture was on the front page of the Sun Times when he was laid off earlier this year?

He's now the national director for something called New Voice Strategies, according to a blog entry (My Transition from the Classroom to Amplifying Teacher Voice) posted on reform-friendly Eduwonk.com last week.

It's a strange place to post, as Xian discusses -- but part of the new gig is "to engage this [reform] community in dialogue."  NVS is a part of VIVA Teachers, which is run by Elizabeth Evans.

I've known Barrett for years online, and finally met him in real life 18 months ago moderating a panel. Here's a post about the VIVA teachers from December 2011 (“Eliminate The Time Wasters”?)

I first heard about them earlier that year, and asked you what you thought here.

What do you think?  According to CPS, roughly two out of three of the 1500 teachers laid off last year were rehired this year (though of course they could get laid off again this spring).

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  • Alex moderating a panel? Moderate? Bwahahahaha. We are EXACTLY 6 months from April Fools Day. On today's date more so than any other you should most definitely refrain from such absurdity.

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