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  • A Closer Look at School Choice: The Ohio Problem

    on Nov 18, 15 • in From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments

    the educator's room (3)

    choolRecently the United States Department of Education made a unique move regarding federal funds that had been awarded to the state of Ohio for expansion of charter schools. Here is part of the story. The summer of 2014 The Ohio State Board of Education began an investigation into the Horizon Science Academy High School in Dayton. Several former teachers at the school had brought concerns to the State Board. • One incident that was reported had occurred at a school event. Students were having oral sex in front of some classmates and the entire situation

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  • E-Sub Plans for Educators

    on Nov 17, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, From the Front Lines, High School, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    to live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. (1)

    Writing sub plans is the task I dread most as a teacher. It is time-consuming and often the best-laid plans go awry. Substitutes misinterpret directions or students use that excuse to claim that they were led astray from a meaningful task. I have found a few digital applications that have changed the nature of the sub-plan to one that empowers the student with more opportunities for 1:1 engagement and more responsibility. No longer do I write a sub-plan for the sub alone. The paper copy left on the desk might contain a few private instructions

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  • Why NYC Students Seeing ‘Hamilton’ Is a Big Deal

    on Nov 17, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Fine Arts, From the Front Lines, High School, Opinion, social justice, Social Justice • with Comments


    On October 27th, a joint collaboration of The Rockefeller Foundation, The Gilder Lehrman Foundation, producer Jeffrey Seller, creator (and star) Lin-Manuel Miranda, and New York City public schools announced that they will provide a means for more than 20,000 eleventh graders to not just watch Hamilton, the hottest, most ground-breaking musical in decades – but to actually go backstage and interact with the cast after their Wednesday matinee. The show, whose average ticket price is $139 (and sold out almost entirely to the public through September) agreed to lower their ticket prices to $70, of which the foundations

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  • Different Teachers, Different Pressures

    on Nov 16, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines, High School, Literacy • with Comments

    Increasing Student Engagement through Belongingness and Cognitive Rigor-3

    There is a certain about of pressure that comes with being a high stakes teacher, okay, it is a ton of pressure. A high stakes teacher is a teacher whose class performance on a standardized test is directly tied to the School Performance Score. At a small school, this means there are only four or five classes that are responsible for almost a quarter of the school’s rating. At a large school, there could be 20-40 classes responsible for this score and that leads to the comparison problem, “Why are your students at 50% and

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  • 5 Ways to Flip the Parent-Teacher Conference Script

    on Nov 10, 15 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments

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    With a total of five hours to meet 20-something families, elementary school teachers in New York City have between 10 and 15 minutes for each conference. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to cover a child’s academic progress, social-emotional progress, areas for growth in these areas, and provide suggestions for supporting learning at home. It’s no surprise then that teachers can end up talking the whole time and still feel like they didn’t say everything they needed to. It’s not surprising, but it’s a shame. Because in many schools, Parent-Teacher Conferences are one, if

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