Accountability · Blog

Why Is the Mayor Expanding School Initiatives That Aren’t Working – And Limiting Those That Do?

For the past 50+ years, every mayor has pledged to fix New York City schools, and the current office-holder, Bill de Blasio, is no exception. He is, however, somewhat unique in that whenever a signature initiative has been proven ineffective, his response is to double down and announce its expansion. He has been equally intransigent… Continue reading Why Is the Mayor Expanding School Initiatives That Aren’t Working – And Limiting Those That Do?

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Parental Involvement Is A Key Component to Student Success

I can’t tell you how many parent-teacher conferences I have been a part of where I’m visited by parent whom I really don’t need to see, except to tell them what every other teacher had told them at every other parent-teacher conference they’ve ever attended (because, by the way, they don’t miss parent teacher conference):… Continue reading Parental Involvement Is A Key Component to Student Success

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The New York City DOE Chooses Cash Over Kids

Those of us in the education arena argue all the time but here’s something we all agree with: the most important factor in raising student achievement is great teachers. The New York City Department of Education has chosen to ignore this factor by forcing principals from 39 schools to hire 41 teachers from what was… Continue reading The New York City DOE Chooses Cash Over Kids

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Being a Part of the Change I Want to See in Alternative Routes to Teaching Certification

Have you done it? Are you doing it? What are your thoughts? There have been quite a few occasions when my personal philosophy on education was diametrically opposed to that of those in upper-management of New York School Talk. One of those issues is alternative routes to teacher certification. Teaching is extremely mentally, physically, and… Continue reading Being a Part of the Change I Want to See in Alternative Routes to Teaching Certification

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Sexual Harassment Happens in Our Schools and It Happened to #MeToo

(This is a guest post by Marilyn Rhames, a teacher, writer, thought leader and social entrepreneur. She is founder and CEO of Teachers Who Pray, a faith-based nonprofit that has more than 100 chapters nationwide. She is also the author of the upcoming book, “The Master Teacher: 12 Spiritual Lessons That Can Transform Schools and Revolutionize… Continue reading Sexual Harassment Happens in Our Schools and It Happened to #MeToo

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5 Mistakes Parents Make When Ranking Schools on Kindergarten Connect – And How You Can Avoid Them

Kindergarten Connect, the online form that New York City parents use to apply their children to Kindergarten for 2018, opened on Tuesday, November 28. It is scheduled to close on January 12, 2018. Every year, I receive frantic emails from parents who made a mistake in ranking their choices, and are now stuck with a… Continue reading 5 Mistakes Parents Make When Ranking Schools on Kindergarten Connect – And How You Can Avoid Them

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The Holidays Are Not A Happy Time For All Students

Thanksgiving into the New Year is one of my favorite times of year — (besides my birthday, of course!).  All of the delicious Jamaican delicacies that only get made during the Holidays, the decorating of the Christmas tree, the giving and receiving of heartfelt gifts, and the inherent hope that the prospect of a new… Continue reading The Holidays Are Not A Happy Time For All Students

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The Power of Affirming Words In The Lives of Our Students

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. I️ grew up hearing this wisdom exhorted in my home time and time again. Words have power. The tone of those words carries with them an even heavier weight. I’ve taken this wisdom into my classroom and observed other teachers who’ve made a conscious effort… Continue reading The Power of Affirming Words In The Lives of Our Students

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Know Me By My Name, Or Else!

It is completely disgusting to witness adults working with adolescents but have yet to learn their names. To not make an attempt to pronounce, remember, and then consistently use a teenager’s name invites a high level of disdain. I get really defensive.  Adults serve as role models and beacons of social cues yet consistently waste… Continue reading Know Me By My Name, Or Else!

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Why We Need to Prioritize Tutoring for All Students

(This is a guest post by Megan Clark, a NYC resident who formerly served as the Director of Development at Pencils of Promise, an innovative “for purpose”​ nonprofit organization providing quality education in the developing world. She is currently CEO of Clark, a virtual assistant for tutors.) While there are many factors that can affect a… Continue reading Why We Need to Prioritize Tutoring for All Students