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Parental Involvement Is A Key Component to Student Success

I can’t tell you how many parent-teacher conferences I have been a part of where I’m visited by parent whom I really don’t need to see, except to tell them what every other teacher had told them at every other parent-teacher conference they’ve ever attended (because, by the way, they don’t miss parent teacher conference):… Continue reading Parental Involvement Is A Key Component to Student Success

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Why We Need to Prioritize Tutoring for All Students

(This is a guest post by Megan Clark, a NYC resident who formerly served as the Director of Development at Pencils of Promise, an innovative “for purpose”​ nonprofit organization providing quality education in the developing world. She is currently CEO of Clark, a virtual assistant for tutors.) While there are many factors that can affect a… Continue reading Why We Need to Prioritize Tutoring for All Students

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Black Boys and Academic Excellence: An Unlikely Match In The Minds of Too Many Teachers

He didn’t want to participate in the spelling bee to begin with. The shock everyone blatantly displayed about the fact that he was a runner-up in his class spelling bee had rubbed him the wrong way and added to an already unfortunate situation. He wasn’t accustomed to the academic spotlight. He’d never been acknowledged for… Continue reading Black Boys and Academic Excellence: An Unlikely Match In The Minds of Too Many Teachers

Accountability

A Personal Story: Why NYS’s Special Education Waiver Is Bad for Kids

When my son Jonah was a few months shy of three years old, our Central New Jersey school district, which had no appropriate programs for a toddler with multiple disabilities, sent him to a county preschool handicapped program. My husband and I were new to the world of special education (our three older children are… Continue reading A Personal Story: Why NYS’s Special Education Waiver Is Bad for Kids

School Choice

Do NYC Arts High Schools Set Extremely High Standards… In Everything But Academics?

In addition to taking the “ridiculous” Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) which I so cruelly forced him to study for, my 8th grade son also auditioned for the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts.  (Yes, that’s really what it’s called and that’s really how it’s punctuated, although most… Continue reading Do NYC Arts High Schools Set Extremely High Standards… In Everything But Academics?

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What’s the Value of an “Advanced Regents Diploma”? Parents Weigh In.

It was not until I had a recent conversation with my daughter’s guidance counselor about another matter that I was aware that she is on track to graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. This was news to me, as it was the first time I had heard about the different diploma options available. Traditionally, students… Continue reading What’s the Value of an “Advanced Regents Diploma”? Parents Weigh In.

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White Teachers Are Often Too Shocked At Black Students’ Academic Successes

It’s one thing to theoretically write about how academic expectations for Black and Brown children are noticeably lower than they are for their White counterparts, but to witness it in real life is heartbreaking. My heart broke today. As an English teacher, it’s one of my favorite times of year: National Spelling Bee time! Even… Continue reading White Teachers Are Often Too Shocked At Black Students’ Academic Successes

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Would You Send Your Children to These Schools?

At I.S. 339 in the Bronx in a science class for English Language Learners, says New York City’s  2017 “Quality Review Report,”   during a vocabulary review the teacher gave an answer key to students that included two mistakes.  On the most recent state tests, 3.8 percent of 6th-graders reached proficiency in math. At Martin Van… Continue reading Would You Send Your Children to These Schools?

School Choice

An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

Dear Matt Damon – You don’t know me, although we do have some mutual acquaintances. Those would be families whose children attend(ed) a New York City private school alongside your daughters. I, in fact, am the person who helped them with the application process for those schools. Because that’s what I do, Matt Damon. I… Continue reading An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

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Am I Making The Right Choice to Raise My Children in a Segregated School District?

This is a guest post by Lisa Petgrave-Nelson, a graduate of Adelphi University’s School of Social Work.  She is a licensed master social worker and a certified health coach. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and nature photography. I grew up in St. Albans, Queens and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early… Continue reading Am I Making The Right Choice to Raise My Children in a Segregated School District?