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Dear Chancellor Carranza: Keep Making Them Mad!

We need more diversity in the teaching pool of the NYC Department of Education. It’s just too white and that shouldn’t be a newsflash to anyone. I’ve said it before and I will continue to strike that same note and will not stop speaking and writing this truth until the paradigm shifts and more teachers… Continue reading Dear Chancellor Carranza: Keep Making Them Mad!

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How Does This Harlem Teacher Help His Black and Brown Students Navigate Life “Outside the Bubble?”

One of the most difficult challenges we face as educators is preparing our students for life after they leave “the bubble”. What I mean by “the bubble” is the exclusive Black and Brown world my students currently inhabit and navigate. They are almost exclusively Black, Latino, or Muslim. In school, most, but not all, of… Continue reading How Does This Harlem Teacher Help His Black and Brown Students Navigate Life “Outside the Bubble?”

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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.

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Mentoring Is a Necessary Pillar of Education and Community: Thoughts on Nipsey Hussle.

I begin this post by acknowledging the life and the community work of the late Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom. He was a tangible example of what I teach my students about the power they have to define and transform their lives even from the most harrowing of circumstances. Although many, including myself, never had the… Continue reading Mentoring Is a Necessary Pillar of Education and Community: Thoughts on Nipsey Hussle.

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The Sad State of Affairs in Long Island’s Schools

I’m proud to have been raised and educated on Long Island where I  raised my own family and still reside. I love living so close to the beach and the City. On so many levels, Long Island is a little piece of paradise on earth — except, of course, when you look at its system… Continue reading The Sad State of Affairs in Long Island’s Schools

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This Traditionally-Trained Teacher Is Cautiously Optimistic About NYC DOE’s Alternative Routes To Teacher Certification

They say if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. I’ve taken that adage to heart as I begin a new role of preparing pre-service teachers to educate our City’s students. If you read my blog posts, you know that I have not been shy in expressing my concerns about the… Continue reading This Traditionally-Trained Teacher Is Cautiously Optimistic About NYC DOE’s Alternative Routes To Teacher Certification

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The Hate I Get About “The Hate U Give.”

While The Hate U Give is a best-selling book and top-rated film, I’m getting some real pushback from my administration about having my students read the book and see the film in my English Language Arts class, despite its obvious cultural and societal relevance. This confirms my premise that White administrators are often disconnected from… Continue reading The Hate I Get About “The Hate U Give.”

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It’s The Two-Sided Teacher! Meet the Grizzly Bear and the Teddy Bear.

Glenn Mason is a former CPA who spent over 25 years in a variety of roles in corporate America. He is presently a New York City public high school teacher. This is in his twelfth academic year in his newfound career and his fourth guest post with New York School Talk. “Mister, can I speak… Continue reading It’s The Two-Sided Teacher! Meet the Grizzly Bear and the Teddy Bear.

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My Health or My Careers: How Do I Choose? Why Do I Have To?

This is a difficult post to write, but I’m up for because my voice must be heard. This issue pertains not only to me, but to any other teacher for whom what you’re about to read rings true. I’m not comfortable sharing specific details, but I will say that recently life is happening to me… Continue reading My Health or My Careers: How Do I Choose? Why Do I Have To?

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NYC High School Student Explains Why A Diverse Teaching Force Matters — And What He’s Going to Do About It.

This is a guest post by Jose Romero, a high school senior in New York. He aspires to become a fifth-grade teacher, so he can give kids the support he received from his mentors and teachers of color. It has appeared in TNTP and on Education Post. For 10 years—the first decade I was in school—all… Continue reading NYC High School Student Explains Why A Diverse Teaching Force Matters — And What He’s Going to Do About It.