Teaching in NYC

Becoming An Educator

People choose to become educators for a variety of reasons, and become them in a variety of ways. Mr. Stevens became a physical education teacher because he wanted to bring together helping people with his passion for sports and physical activity. Ms. Long became a teacher as a result of her interaction as a youth… Continue reading Becoming An Educator

Finding the Right School

The Benefits Of Peer Mentorship for NYC Teens Applying To High School

(This is a guest post by Michael N. Manta, a senior at Xavier High School who lives in Queens. Michael co-founded the nonprofit NYCMentors.org with his younger brother to provide mentorship to high achieving underserved middle school students.) In the age of Google and what seems to be an unlimited amount of knowledge at our… Continue reading The Benefits Of Peer Mentorship for NYC Teens Applying To High School

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Carranza Offers To Accept Accountability…. After He’s Out Of Office?

“All I need is for the legislature to get out of the way, repeal that law and then hold me accountable for the quality of those schools,” New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza boldly proclaimed on Tuesday, November 19 during a Town Hall meeting in the Bronx. He was referring to the Specialized High… Continue reading Carranza Offers To Accept Accountability…. After He’s Out Of Office?

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The Radical Power of Books: How to Use Diverse, Engaging Stories to Set Students Free

(This is a guest post by Elora Tocci, Associate Director of Communications at the Robertson Center at Success Academy.) As a former librarian, acclaimed YA author, co-founder of CAKE Literary, and COO of We Need Diverse Books, Dhonielle Clayton has some stories to tell.  On Tuesday, November 19, she came to the Robertson Center —… Continue reading The Radical Power of Books: How to Use Diverse, Engaging Stories to Set Students Free

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Second Round Shenanigans: Hunter, Special Music School & Other NYC Schools’ Subjective Admissions

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he was running for President — as a Democrat, after being elected in NYC first as a Republican, then as an Independent — on Sunday, November 24th. As with other political candidates, I am only going to talk about his education policy record. Here are two major… Continue reading Second Round Shenanigans: Hunter, Special Music School & Other NYC Schools’ Subjective Admissions

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Giving Thanks For NYC’s Favorite Teachers

(This is a guest post by Glenn Fuhrman. Glen is a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and of the TATE Americas Foundation, and a board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.) My mother and my aunt were both public school teachers, as was my… Continue reading Giving Thanks For NYC’s Favorite Teachers

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Pathways to Creative Industries: Building Greater Access to the Arts in New York City Schools

(This is a guest post by Dr. Joiselle Cunningham, a senior advisor at HERE to HERE, CEO of Pathways to Creative Industries and lecturer at NYU. She previously led in the Obama Administration and received her doctorate from Harvard University. ) “I really love fashion and musical theater,” one student we’ll call Amy shared with… Continue reading Pathways to Creative Industries: Building Greater Access to the Arts in New York City Schools

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Teacher/Subject Conflation

Once, a fifth-grader informed me that she hated science. According to her, it was a stupid, boring subject. Not class, subject. I tried to convince her otherwise but to no avail. The following year, the topic of science came up again, and I assumed that her opinion had not changed, but lo and behold: it… Continue reading Teacher/Subject Conflation

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You Get a Grant and You Get a Grant and You Get a Grant! NYC Mandates All Districts Must Have a Diversity Plan

Last week, I reported on one national and one statewide proposal to improve America’s educational outcomes post the depressing results from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NEAP) report card. This week, we look at what’s being considered on the local level. In New York City, improving outcomes for over one million schoolchildren does not… Continue reading You Get a Grant and You Get a Grant and You Get a Grant! NYC Mandates All Districts Must Have a Diversity Plan

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The Apollo Video Oral History Project

I’ve taken great pride in creating an African American Studies course for my school that explored not simply African American History, but African Americans through the lens of history, the arts, and culture. Gearing up for my third year of teaching this class, I was notified that I was going to teach Latin American Studies… Continue reading The Apollo Video Oral History Project