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Pausing My Teacher: An NYC Student’s Take On the Pros of Remote Learning

I, like many of my fellow students in New York City, have been doing school online for over a week now. Online school is preferable to in-school school for many reasons, a few of which I will explain here: YouTube > Teachers Many of my teachers have assigned YouTube videos as part of daily lessons… Continue reading Pausing My Teacher: An NYC Student’s Take On the Pros of Remote Learning

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DEAR PARENTS, YOU ARE ROCK STARS!

(This is a guest post by Dana Kaplan. Dana has her MA in Early Childhood Education with an additional certification in Gifted Education. Dana joined PS 33, Chelsea Prep for the 2006-2007 school year. During Dana’s tenure at PS 33, she taught Pre-K for two years, launched the ICT-Kindergarten class, and independently created, piloted, and… Continue reading DEAR PARENTS, YOU ARE ROCK STARS!

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Parents Share Their Hopes, Fears – And Tips! – For Online Learning During Crises

All New York City public schools officially closed their doors on Monday, March 16, with online classes scheduled to commence on Monday, March 23 and continue at least through April 20, which would have marked the end of the Passover/Easter holiday break. Private schools began suspending in-person classes the week of March 9 in advance… Continue reading Parents Share Their Hopes, Fears – And Tips! – For Online Learning During Crises

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A Matter Of Trust: Coronavirus, the Department of Ed & NYC Families

It was supposed to have been a done deal. As covered in great detail here, on Wednesday, March 3, after a series of cryptic and downright nonsensical statements about how coronavirus absences would affect middle and high school admissions for September 2021, Mayor Bill De Blasio said at a press conference: “Attendance will be frozen… Continue reading A Matter Of Trust: Coronavirus, the Department of Ed & NYC Families

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Educator Shares Tips For Talking To Kids About Coronavirus Fears

(This is a guest post by Dana Kaplan. Dana has her MA in Early Childhood Education with an additional certification in Gifted Education. Dana joined PS 33, Chelsea Prep for the 2006-2007 school year. During Dana’s tenure at PS 33, she taught Pre-K for two years, launched the ICT-Kindergarten class, and independently created, piloted, and… Continue reading Educator Shares Tips For Talking To Kids About Coronavirus Fears

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NYC School Admissions… and Coronavirus? How Parents Forced the Department of Ed To Take Action!

On Sunday, March 1, I posted NYC School Admissions… and Coronavirus? asserting that: At press time, there were no diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York City. A half-hour later, the first confirmed case was reported. (I never claimed to be clairvoyant.) My post discussed how several NYC schools had asked families who’d… Continue reading NYC School Admissions… and Coronavirus? How Parents Forced the Department of Ed To Take Action!

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How to Prepare for Your Child’s School Conference: A Teacher’s Take

(This is a guest post by Dana Kaplan. Dana has her MA in Early Childhood Education with an additional certification in Gifted Education. Dana joined PS 33, Chelsea Prep for the 2006-2007 school year. During Dana’s tenure at PS 33, she taught Pre-K for two years, launched the ICT-Kindergarten class, and independently created, piloted, and… Continue reading How to Prepare for Your Child’s School Conference: A Teacher’s Take

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NYC School Admissions…and Coronavirus?

At press time, there were no diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York City. However, also at press time, several schools were asking families who had traveled to affected areas over the President’s Week Break to self-quarantine for 14 days. All schools have been asking – begging! – for years for parents not… Continue reading NYC School Admissions…and Coronavirus?

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Can This Software Development Process Be the Key to Raising Standards at All Schools?

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?

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Are Dual Language Programs Next On the Chopping Block?

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?