Posts from August 2nd, 2012
August 2, 2012
- Private firms see a big opportunity for profit in new standards and more failure. (Reuters via Russo)
- A teacher pens an essay he hopes educators who exit will one day write about returning. (NYCDOENuts)
- The mother of a child with disabilities says she doesn’t need it all because she has enough. (Atlantic)
- Nearly 100 teachers were terminated because of poor performance under D.C.’s eval system. (WashPo)
- An experienced teacher advises newbies: Don’t say yes to a school without thinking it through. (JD2718)
- The chorus teacher at Staten Island’s P.S. 22 makes a list of the most inspiring educators. (BeliefNet)
- Some of teenaged Student Voice advocates urge educators not to be afraid of technology. (SchoolBook)
- A charter school operator discusses his approach to deciding whether to expand. (Starting an Ed School)
- A study found that high achievers suffered when everyone started taking algebra. (Curriculum Matters)
- In Louisiana, schools chief (and ex-NYer) John White is getting credit for giving face time. (Advocate)
August 2, 2012
Campbell Brown says she’s done using Twitter to provoke union leaders into a debate.
After a furious 48-hour exchange this week with AFT President Randi Weingarten, in which the 140-character messages quickly elevated into charges of sexism and conflicted interests, Brown said she wants the next showdown to be face-to-face.
“I’d love to sit down with Randi and have a real debate,” Brown said this morning in a phone interview. But she added a caveat. “There’s nothing to debate.”
In less than a week, Brown, a former NBC White House correspondent and CNN anchor, has gone from largely unknown in education advocacy to the center of a heated war of words with union leaders over how to handle teachers suspected of — and found guilty of — sexual misconduct with students. She outlined her case in a provocatively headlined column in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal.
But the op/ed wasn’t Brown’s first public statement about the issue of sexual predators in schools. A week ago, she delivered a surprising testimony on the issue before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission during its New York City meeting.
Not everyone who asked to speak was given a chance to. But Brown had been given the top speaking slot on the “teacher quality” panel with testimony that coupled concern about sex abuse with statistics about low student test scores and college-readiness rates.
The speech she delivered was significantly different. (more…)
August 2, 2012
Some teachers use the summer break to unwind from a busy school year, refine their lesson plans for the fall, or take a short-term second job. Others seek out new knowledge in the subjects they teach.
“If you’re teaching science, you should be learning about science,” said Nate Finney, a Manhattan teacher who is spending the summer working in a physics laboratory.
GothamSchools spoke to a handful of city public school teachers who sought out seminars, workshops, and classes to help them learn more about their fields. Today, we’re looking at teachers who decided they wanted to know more about math and science.
Jose Luis Vilson, I.S. 52, Manhattan
In sunny Orlando, Jose Luis Vilson got the chance to live out a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.
Vilson arrived at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in mid-July to take part in a weeklong course created and funded by the GE Foundation. The course focused on integrating math and science instruction and anchoring both in new learning standards that call for more critical thinking.
“They’re working with NASA to try to approach and integrate Common Core standards with current pedagogy,” said Vilson, who teaches eighth-grade math in Washington Heights and maintains a popular blog about teaching. (more…)
August 2, 2012
- Sweeping payroll problems have put Fort Hamilton High School under investigation. (GothamSchools)
- An audit criticized the DOE for expanding a technology initiative too quickly. (GothamSchools, NY1)
- Advocates defended a bill that would have fueled special ed funding for religious schools. (SchoolBook)
- A new group is pushing for a greater role for teens in local and national schools policy. (GothamSchools)
- The Post says merit pay should be used as the carrot in a carrot-and-stick approach for better teachers.
- A reunion of John F. Kennedy HS alums could be the school’s last as it begins to close. (Riverdale Press)
- P.S. 55 in the Bronx opened its doors this week for an emergency anti-violence forum. (Daily News)
- StudentsFirst NY’s advocacy chief argues that the defunct Chancellor’s District didn’t work. (Daily News)
- Goldman Sachs is giving $10 million to cut teen offender recidivism using a new funding model. (Times)