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Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

  • Focus on Diversity Film & Lecture Series: "TESTED" - Tuesday, February 14

    PPS staff are invited to view and discuss the film, "TESTED," on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 5:00pm-7:00pm, in the BESC Board Auditorium.

    TESTED ©
    The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city’s school-aged population, they represent less than 5% at the city’s most elite public high schools. Meanwhile, Asian Americans make up as much as 73%. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. TESTED includes the voices of education experts Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores issue such as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth.

    After the film, there will be a facilitated conversation with the director, Curtis Chin

    Curtis Chin is an independent filmmaker and Visiting Scholar at New York University. He has written for shows on ABC, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon and won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation. He has personally screened his films with nearly 600 entities in ten countries including the White House, Lincoln Center, DOCNYC, SXSWEdu, the American Librarians Association, the American Educational Research Association, the British Educational Research Association, the Open Society Fund, Amnesty International, and the government of Norway. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Economist, and Newsweek. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan creative writing program.

    The Focus Film and Lecture Series is an effort to bring staff and community together to engage and dialogue about race and culture. These series are meant to deepen our understanding of race and culture that impact PPS students and communities. The Film and Lecture Series is held in the Board Auditorium at the BESC (501 N. Dixon St., 97227). Teachers (TSPC certified employees) will be able to receive PDU’s for their participation in the series. Food and beverages will be provided.

    For more information, contact Phu Dao at or (503) 916-3325.

    PPS Office of Equity & Partnerships