Posts from June 10th, 2013
June 10, 2013
- Some schools continue to prioritize the arts, despite well-known incentives not to. (Brooklyn Bureau)
- All about high school Regents exams, which students start taking for the year on Tuesday. (SchoolBook)
- A new report finds that Latino students are often shut out of science learning in Chicago. (Catalyst)
- Traditional allies of the Bloomberg administration’s school policies have been mum lately. (Crain’s NY)
- The principal of Brooklyn’s PATHS, a performing arts school, is leaving for a New Rochelle job. (Patch)
- Bill Thompson’s comments on school discipline have him navigating a fine line. (Capital NY)
- New York City is encouraging educators and entrepreneurs to communicate effectively. (TechCrunch)
- The Paddlewheeler helped the PTA at P.S. 8 get closer to its fundraising goal. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
- A city teacher says she is worried that emotion in literature is being lost under the Common Core. (Times)
- Mona Davids of the New York City Parents Union has a new job at DC 37′s Local 372. (GS in Brief)
- Teachers at a British school celebrated their students’ exam scores by dancing “Gangnam Style.” (BBC)
June 10, 2013
Intent on preserving the Bloomberg administration’s education legacy, the Department of Education has hired a favored consulting firm to craft a plan that would safeguard a signature policy.
The city has hired the Parthenon Group to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the system through which principals choose support organizations to provide professional development, curriculum, and budgeting help.
The consulting firm, which has previously studied school closures and small schools for the department, is charged with crafting a strategic vision to ensure that Children First Networks are preserved when another mayor takes over next year.
“While there is no set of actions that can perfectly ensure ‘sustainability’ of the network model, the goal of the project will be to identify a series of steps that can bolster the odds of sustaining those elements the DOE views as most essential,” the firm wrote in its bid for the project. The confidential bid was submitted in April and obtained by GothamSchools. (more…)
June 10, 2013
Chancellor Dennis Walcott and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have announced the 20 middle schools whose sixth-graders will get extra instruction time starting this fall.
These middle schools are part of a 40-school expansion of the Middle School Quality Initiative, which was started by the chancellor two years ago to provide more support for middle schools.
The 20 schools with longer days were chosen randomly from 130 schools that requested to be part of the pilot program. With the two and a half hours of extra time, students will have intensive literacy tutoring and other extracurricular activities. The principals from the schools are meeting with department officials today to learn more about the MSQI and the extended learning day program. (more…)
June 10, 2013
When the speech pathologist at Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem told her class they would be playing a game called “Pop-Up Pirate,” one student was not happy. He began to whine loudly and another teacher in the room quickly interjected.
“Lucas, can you help us fix this problem?” the teacher asked the student. “Because I’m thinking it’s just a glitch.”
A glitch is the most minor degree of difficulty, according to a chart titled, “How Big is My Problem?” posted in all of the year-old school’s classrooms. It aims to help students understand that some scenarios, such as not getting called on, are less worth getting upset over than other problems, like an earthquake.
This technique of managing behavior is useful for all young children, but it is especially important at Neighborhood Charter, where many students have Autism Spectrum Disorder. (more…)
June 10, 2013
- Schools that weren’t allowed to mark their own Regents exams last year saw their scores fall more. (Post)
- A year after its principal was yanked for cheating, TAPCO seems to be on the upswing. (GothamSchools)
- The former principal of P.S. 91, who left amid cheating allegations, is under investigation again. (Post)
- A judge ruled that the city can send gifted admissions letters while the methodology is contested. (WSJ)
- Teachers at an international school are helping undocumented students pay for college. (Daily News)
- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan touted Aviation High School’s program. (GothamSchools, NY1)
- A paraprofessional fired for an inappropriate relationship with a student says she did no wrong. (Post)
- Residents of College Point want the city to replace a Catholic school with a middle school. (Daily News)
- A NYSUT rally in Albany on Saturday targeted high-stakes testing. (GothamSchools, Times Union)
- Two city professors: Criticism of the Common Core results from its heavy-handed imposition. (Times)
- Schools are increasingly grouping students by ability, a practice that had fallen out of favor. (Times)
- Robots more and more offer homebound students a chance to participate actively in schools. (Times)
- The Gates Foundation wants to improve relations with teachers after alienating them. (Seattle Times)
- After narrowly winning election, the new mayor of Jersey City, N.J., wants to take on the schools. (WSJ)
- Schools in the Netherlands, like many in wealthy countries, are experimenting with iPads. (Times)