Tommy Chang, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools speaks to Asian American community
|Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang spoke at a forum at the Vietnamese American Community Center. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)|
A public forum for Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang took place Dec. 12 at the Vietnamese American Community Center, hosted by the Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association. More than 200 students, teachers, parents and Asian American community advocates attended the event, which featured two presentations, a panel of experts and Chang’s comments.
I’m so glad to see so many Asian American groups together,” Chang said. “Identity matters so much and our students bring to school their identity.”
The event started with a presentation on Asian American contributions by Peter Kiang, Asian American studies program director at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He urged Chang to add Asian American history to the BPS social studies curriculum.
“There should be no doubt of the contribution of refugees to this country,” Kiang said. “If you don’t study Asian American studies, you won’t know their contributions.”
A second presentation on bilingual learning in BPS was given by Rosann Tung, director of research and policy at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. She also has a……..