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Six Lessons for Educators From the Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

A lifter is one who elevates circumstances. A floater is one who easily navigates circumstances. You must decide to be a lifter or floater in education. One should not step into the “ring” of education, especially the New York City public school district as it is the largest in the nation, and not know your… Continue reading Six Lessons for Educators From the Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

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NYC’s Top 10 Elementary Schools By Test Scores: What Makes Them Special – And How You Can Get In

New York State released their 2017 standardized public school test scores in August, and New York City led the pack. We take a look at the top ten achievers, and explore whether we can find an instructional magic bullet among them: Rank: 1 School Name: Special Music School Average Standard Score: 99.7 % of Students… Continue reading NYC’s Top 10 Elementary Schools By Test Scores: What Makes Them Special – And How You Can Get In

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Damn! NO Black Teachers Are Being Hired? This Is Crazy!!

I have a serious inquiry for school administrators: Is a teacher applicant’s race a factor when you consider hiring them? Let me be more specific: Do you think about your minority student demographics and then consider the positive impact that having a teacher who looks like them will have on them? Do any of these… Continue reading Damn! NO Black Teachers Are Being Hired? This Is Crazy!!

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Creating A Caring Classroom for Students

In less than 24 hours I will greet my new class of seventh-graders. I spent the last two days decorating my classroom, paying careful attention to those minor details like plants on the window sill and fresh-linen smelling plug-ins strategically plugged into electrical outlets throughout the room. These seemingly innocuous touches turn our classroom space… Continue reading Creating A Caring Classroom for Students

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How Do We Teach Children About September 11th?

Each September brings a flurry of excitement and anxiety for parents, teachers, and students. Beginning in September 2002 another factor was added to the list: how and what to teach about 9/11. For some teachers, the question is whether to teach about 9/11 at all.   There are many reasons for not wanting to address… Continue reading How Do We Teach Children About September 11th?

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New York State is Understaffing High School Guidance Departments: What Can Parents Do?

Guidance counselors are an important resources to students, especially during the crucial junior and senior years of high school. Guiding and advising students about the college preparation and application process and the almighty question of “how to pay for it,” are invaluable services. The true significance of counseling has just begun to dawn on me,… Continue reading New York State is Understaffing High School Guidance Departments: What Can Parents Do?

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Shadina Charles’ Story: Homelessness, Cancer, and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

This is a guest column by Keciah Bailey, a freelance education journalist. Shadina Charles (see picture above) is a native of Grenada, a cancer survivor, and the mother of four daughters, two of whom attend Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to… Continue reading Shadina Charles’ Story: Homelessness, Cancer, and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

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Creating A Warm Classroom Climate and Culture: The Real Key to Every Student Succeeding

The climate of our country and our world right now is a mixture of anger and divisiveness juxtaposed with empathy and support. The classroom is often a microcosm of trends taking place within the larger national and global communities. With that being said, as I plan for the upcoming school year, fostering a nurturing and… Continue reading Creating A Warm Classroom Climate and Culture: The Real Key to Every Student Succeeding

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Does Not Staying Late At Work Make Me A Bad Teacher?

Teachers who walk out the door with their students tend to be frowned upon by their administrators and their colleagues. I was reminded of this unspoken “arrive early + stay late = good teacher rule” as I scrolled through a chat among educators on a FaceBook thread where the following was posted (names omitted to… Continue reading Does Not Staying Late At Work Make Me A Bad Teacher?

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Willful Blindness: Official Pushing NYC’s ATR Plan Has A History Of Giving A Pass to Bad Teachers

(This is a guest post from Pete Cook. It was originally published on his blog, PE & CO.) The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is planning to move as many as 400 teachers out of the district’s Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) and into full-time classroom positions at schools this fall, regardless of whether those schools… Continue reading Willful Blindness: Official Pushing NYC’s ATR Plan Has A History Of Giving A Pass to Bad Teachers