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“I Want to Talk About Better Academic and Life Outcomes for Black and Brown Kids. Period.”

(This was first published at Education Post.) If we have really well-prepared young people who are going to the exact college they want to go to, who will graduate from college within six years with little to no debt and who are willing to take over the dining hall and stage a protest or to… Continue reading “I Want to Talk About Better Academic and Life Outcomes for Black and Brown Kids. Period.”

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10 NYC Public Schools Which Went Up In Test Scores in 2019 — And 10 That Went Down.

New York City released elementary school test scores for the 2018-19 school year on Thursday, August 22, 2019. In the past, I’ve listed the Top 10 Schools by Test Scores for 2017, and the Top 25 Schools by Test Scores for 2018. While there is some juggling for placement every year, the top-scoring schools tend… Continue reading 10 NYC Public Schools Which Went Up In Test Scores in 2019 — And 10 That Went Down.

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“Working Shoulder to Shoulder with Teachers, Parents, and the School Community Builds the Trust To Move To Excellence and Equity”: An Interview with an Expert.

How exactly do superintendents get evaluated? After all, holding our top school district leaders is, in my experience, just as important — if not more so — than how teachers and other staff get evaluated. These questions led to  my nterview with Dr. Constance Evelyn, Ed.D.author of Evaluating the Superintendent:  The Process with Collaborative Compromises… Continue reading “Working Shoulder to Shoulder with Teachers, Parents, and the School Community Builds the Trust To Move To Excellence and Equity”: An Interview with an Expert.

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In Yonkers, Teachers Leaders Are “The Unit Of Change”: A Report From the Field.

“What if kids who look like me didn’t have to work so hard to navigate an inequitable school system? What if adults were invested in making that navigation possible?” That’s Tracy Fray-Oliver, Associate Vice President of Bank Street Education Center (part of the Bank Street College of Education in New York City) speaking to a… Continue reading In Yonkers, Teachers Leaders Are “The Unit Of Change”: A Report From the Field.

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Veteran Teacher Explains How He Went From A “Babe In the Woods” to “Developing a Clear Vision.”

One of my very best childhood friends who has known me since we were the same age of the students that I’ve taught over these years had a question for me. He asked, now that retirement has arrived, what were my goals when I first began teaching and did I meet these goals? An interesting… Continue reading Veteran Teacher Explains How He Went From A “Babe In the Woods” to “Developing a Clear Vision.”

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A Child’s Education: Whose Job Is It Anyway – The Parents’ or the School’s?

This may come as a shock to my readers: Not everybody loves me. I know! Who’d have thunk it? When I wrote last week about the Department of Education’s latest multiple screw-ups, from high school admissions to Pre-K, I was chastised: (S)top perpetuating the myth that public schools are poorly managed and inferior… All things… Continue reading A Child’s Education: Whose Job Is It Anyway – The Parents’ or the School’s?

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To Promote Or Not To Promote: That Is The Question.

It’s that time of year when the school year is coming to yet another end. While some students exuberantly await the start of their summer vacation, others are scrambling, beseeching, and working hard at last to hopefully avoid summer school attendance or worse — getting retained in their current grade, otherwise known as “getting left… Continue reading To Promote Or Not To Promote: That Is The Question.

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Who’s the Boss? Should Kids Be In Charge Of Their Own Education?

A year ago, I wrote about Letting My 14 Year Old Make His Own Educational Decisions in choosing which high school he’d go to. I did it. It wasn’t easy. But I did it. The problem with high school is that my middle child never wanted to go in the first place. He wanted to go… Continue reading Who’s the Boss? Should Kids Be In Charge Of Their Own Education?

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The Privilege (and Cost) Of Being “Well-Rounded.”

About a year ago, I asked: Is an ‘Unenriched’ Spring Break Worth Living? I confessed that, despite offers flooding my inbox to sign my kids up for coding camp or a writing workshop or test prep, I was tired. So, over Spring Break, we did… nothing. In New York City, admitting you let a child… Continue reading The Privilege (and Cost) Of Being “Well-Rounded.”

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‘Why are you taking your time?! Do your damn job!’: An Unlikely Friendship Between Two NYC Teachers.

I’d like to tell you about a friendship I developed with a fellow teaching colleague, one that grew from a complete loathing for one another. Michael Crump was our school’s athletic director, basketball coach and dean. He was also a licensed social studies teacher. In the role of a dean, you are responsible for maintaining… Continue reading ‘Why are you taking your time?! Do your damn job!’: An Unlikely Friendship Between Two NYC Teachers.