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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.

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What Can NYC’s Specialized Schools Learn From Chicago? Getting Beyond SHSAT Prep.

This is a guest post by my friend and colleague Maureen Kelleher, a senior writer and editor at Education Post. Previously she spend a decade as a reporter, blogger, and policy analyst, publishing in platforms as diverse as Education Week and the Center for American Progress. While New Yorkers debate the merits of scrapping the… Continue reading What Can NYC’s Specialized Schools Learn From Chicago? Getting Beyond SHSAT Prep.

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By the Numbers: Math the NYC Department of Education Really Doesn’t Want Parents To Do

When my editorial, The Drive To Change Elite School Admissions Is All About Killing the Messenger, ran in the New York Post on March 21, I received many compliments from friends and readers. My husband was not impressed. He started peppering me with questions: What are the numbers for this? What are the numbers for… Continue reading By the Numbers: Math the NYC Department of Education Really Doesn’t Want Parents To Do

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“Your Job is to Let the White Kids Know that Black Kids Are Just as Smart as They Are, And You are Not Doing Your Job!”: A Teacher’s Reflections

One day I was walking through the 30th Street train station in Philadelphia when I heard someone shout, “Hey you!”  Surely this wasn’t meant for me. I was a stranger to Philadelphia after all. But this was followed with, “Boy! Don’t you hear me calling you?!” I turn around this time and see a somewhat… Continue reading “Your Job is to Let the White Kids Know that Black Kids Are Just as Smart as They Are, And You are Not Doing Your Job!”: A Teacher’s Reflections