The whispers started in early February. Numerous parents reported they’d heard that the Department of Education was quietly planning to unscreen high schools for September 2021 admissions. As one wrote me: At the school where I teach we found out that out of all the available seats for incoming freshmen, three quarters now will be… Continue reading The Department Of Ed That Cried Wolf: Why Parents & Students Have Trouble Trusting It
In software development, there is a system called test-driven development or TDD. It’s a five-step process that gets repeated until a finished product is obtained. Its core mechanic consists of writing tests to check if your software works before you write the software, and when you write the software, you write it just to pass… Continue reading Can This Software Development Process Be the Key to Raising Standards at All Schools?
In August 2019, the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) recommended that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) get rid of elementary school Gifted & Talented programs. Their argument was that G&T programs cause segregation, and that offering enrichment to some, rather than all, children was inequitable. They proposed instead an “Enrichment For All”… Continue reading Are Dual Language Programs Next On the Chopping Block?
(This is a guest post by Isis Spann, an educational coach determined to prove that “high poverty can equal high performance when we engage more with families.” She is a founding delegate of the National Parents Union, FUNdamentals of Learning owner, and author of “Taking the WORK Out Of Homework.”) “I don’t have time to… Continue reading An Open Letter To Parents Who Are Just “Too Busy”
(This is a guest post by Allie Ryan, a former elected SLT Parent Member of her children’s Title 1 elementary school, where she has been a Co-Class Parent for several years. Her children have attended two district-wide G&T programs. Allie is also a founding member of PLACE, Parent Leaders for Acceleration Curriculum and Education, and… Continue reading Good-Bye To All That: NYC Public School Mom Explains What Drove Her Out Of the System
Princess Francois is an Assistant Principal at the Math, Engineering, and Science Academy Charter High School (MESA), in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In 2019, she was New York State’s only winner of the National Milken Educator Award. What makes this educator outstanding and how can her practices be extended to other NYC schools? New York School Talk… Continue reading Forget the Academy Awards, Meet the NYC Assistant Principal Who Won the ‘Oscars’ Of Teaching!
(This is a guest post by Kathi Sherzer. Kathi was a stay at home mom for many years who volunteered at her son’s school, house of worship and with CONTACT, a Philadelphia organization providing outreach services to homebound seniors. Kathi joined S.A.G.E. 12 years ago and continues her role with the organization from her home… Continue reading The Benefits of Senior Volunteers in Your Child’s Classrooms
I have been called a racist many, many times. Because I don’t agree with the Mayor’s proposal to get rid of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Because I don’t think that sitting low-achieving students next to high-achieving students will magically raise test scores. Because I think school rezoning is just a way to… Continue reading If This Is a Victory For Integration Then, Yup, I’m a Racist
As leaders, we are supposed to be strong. We are the ones who others look to for support, guidance, answers, and solutions. What do we do when WE are the ones who need help? How can we take care of others when we are stressed out from trying to scrape by ourselves? One can not… Continue reading Pouring From an Empty Cup: NYC CBO Early Childhood Directors’ Everyday Struggle
The New York City Department of Education’s AP for All initiative “aims to ensure that by fall 2021, students at all high schools will have access to at least five AP classes.” AP for All is part of the DOE’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, run by the Office of Equity and Access, whose… Continue reading How the College Board Siphons Public Funds and Profits off Student Failure with AP Courses