Posts from Anika Anand
December 4, 2013
Good afternoon, future Chalkbeat New York readers! (It’s got a nice ring to it, right?)
As promised, we want to continue to update you about our journey to becoming Chalkbeat. (In case you missed it, we told you why we’re changing our name to Chalkbeat, re-introduced you to our bureau chief Philissa Cramer, and also took you behind the scenes with our old and new reporters.)
Today, I want to tell you about my job. As some of you may have noticed, I was hired as a reporter at GothamSchools in April and then became Chalkbeat’s first director of engagement a couple months ago. “Engagement” is a big buzz word in journalism and other worlds these days. Our own working definition is that engagement is “the body of work that maximizes our readers’ opportunities to access, learn from, interact with, and act on our journalism.” In simpler terms, it means I want to get more people to read, share, and talk about our stories.
Reporters can write dozens of stories a day that expose problems or spur debate, but if no one sees those stories, does the reporting even matter? Bet you can guess my answer. I’ll be making sure our reporting makes it to the people who need it most. (You can read more about my engagement strategy and my background in this Q&A published by ReportHers.)
November 26, 2013
It’s been about a month since we announced our plans to change our name to Chalkbeat New York and launch a new website. Last week we re-introduced you to bureau chief Philissa Cramer, who talked about why she was excited for GothamSchools to become Chalkbeat New York.
The exciting evolution would not be possible without our team of top-notch journalists, who traverse the city to bring you daily news about New York City’s schools. So this week we want to introduce you to our reporters in New York — whose experience in the organization ranges from several years to just a few weeks.
Below, they share why they are passionate about education reporting, what teachers helped them get where they are today, and embarrassing stories from the job. You can read more about Chalkbeat’s Colorado and Tennessee reporters, too.
Sarah Darville, reporter
On the team since September 2013
1. Where you worked before & why you decided to join Chalkbeat: Most recently I was writing for the Nieman Journalism Lab, and before that I was studying at Columbia. I was an intern for GothamSchools in 2011, and became really impressed with what Philissa and Elizabeth [Green] were doing. When that was over, I stayed in touch, freelancing a bit and watching the site expand. When I graduated, I was thrilled to come back and be a part of a growing nonprofit news organization focusing on an issue I care about.
2. Story you are most proud of: I’ll go with a recent one about the issues remaining for special education teachers dealing with the city’s information system for those students. Those issues affect thousands of people every day, and they haven’t seen significant improvements. (more…)
November 19, 2013
After we announced the creation of Chalkbeat a few weeks ago, we promised we would continue to give you updates on what’s going on behind the scenes. Today, we want to introduce you to Chalkbeat New York’s bureau chief Philissa Cramer.
Many of you already know Philissa, who has been with GothamSchools since it launched in 2008, so consider this a reintroduction. (more…)
October 31, 2013
- Students opted out of tests in opposition of an “unfair teacher evaluation system.” (GothamSchools)
- The city wants to open a school that would have no space of its own. (GothamSchools) (Daily News)
- Before the end of its first year, a Brooklyn charter school is put on probation by the state. (NY1, DNAinfo)
- Wealthy schools’ PTA groups raised nearly $53 million in donations over the last five years. (Daily News)
- Despite protests, the Panel for Educational Policy approved more co-locations, new schools. (WNYC)
- Merryl Tisch said within the next week, the state will announce Common Core forums for NYC. (NY1)
- Illinois test scores released today will be lower due to tougher test standards. (Chicago Tribune)
- Nearly a year after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, teacher discuss school safety. (NPR)
- American teachers are entering the classroom with higher SAT scores and scrutiny than ever. (HuffPo)
October 30, 2013
- A high school principal may resign if the city colocates a third school in the building. (DNAinfo)
- A state education official said schools can assess teachers without adding more tests. (WNYC)
- A teacher uses drawings to show how learning to rock climb changed how he teaches math. (Drawings)
- Some students went to the hospital after Axe body spray was released in a classroom. (Daily News)
- A Pennsylvania school district is taking “I (heart) boobies” bracelet fight to Supreme Court. (USA Today)
- Two parents write about the fight to keep a charter school from c0-locating with IS 281. (Edwize)
- The Shanker Blog reviews Linda Darling-Hammond’s new book Getting Teacher Evaluation Right.
- Reports on teacher evaluations, new teachers’ average SAT scores were released today. (EWA)
- Study finds minority students are more likely to be excluded through disciplinary practices. (EdWeek)
October 22, 2013
*This post has been updated to ensure contributors follow Department of Education policies.*
Calling all members of New York City public school communities: We want your help in creating a photo slideshow that displays the rich diversity of the New York City school system.
October 17, 2013
- The NYPD is investigating a Queens teacher for sexual abuse of a five-year-old boy. (NY1)
- Mayoral candidates went head to head on charter schools during Tuesday’s debate. (GothamSchools)
- Critics of the Panel for Educational Policy eagerly await a possible Mayor de Blasio. (GothamSchools)
- New York parents and politicians want State Education Commissioner John King to resign. (HuffPo)
- The State Ed Department is developing a new format for King’s Common Core meetings. (Times Union)
- After canceling public Common Core meetings, King had private meetings with school officials. (WNYC)
- New York teachers and administrators have mixed feelings about the Common Core. (GothamSchools)
- The Common Core standards have changed the textbook industry by inviting more competition. (WNYC)
- Both mayoral candidates agree that schools should close on two major Muslim holidays. (Daily News)
- The DOE plans to reduce enrollment at M.S. 113 and add a charter school to the building. (DNAInfo)
- Florida’s Board of Education decided not to adopt new Common Core reading samples. (Tampa Bay)
October 16, 2013
- The New York PTA is seeking another way for John King to hear their concerns. (NYS PTA)
- Diane Ravitch urges parents to write to the Board of Regents about King canceling meetings.
- The Senate deal could still mean further budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Education. (EdWeek)
- The expulsion rate for D.C. public charter schools dropped last year compared to previous year. (WaPo)
- A writer questions why the U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee a right to education. (The Atlantic)
- The New York Observer’s editorial board wants to see more New York City charter schools.
- A teacher writes that the new evaluation system is no way to evaluate good teaching. (NYC Educator)
- High school students preparing to take the PSAT this week tweeted funny things about it. (WaPo)
October 10, 2013
- The teachers union cites missing curriculum as the reason it’s calling for a moratorium. (GothamSchools)
- Bill de Blasio says he would change the city’s elite high school admissions process. (Daily News)
- A new study shows that struggling schools are burdened by students who enter system late. (NY Post)
- For the sixth straight year, the city plans to skip public hearings on spending plan. (GothamSchools)
- Charter supporters ask the next mayor to open 100 new charter schools in his first term. (GS In Brief)
- Charter advocates say they will fight back if candidate Bill de Blasio tries to charge rent. (NY Post)
- The community and elected officials oppose co-locating a new middle school with I.S. 171. (GS In Brief)
- NYC picked four education nonprofits to receive funding for the Young Men’s Initiative. (GS In Brief)
October 3, 2013
- A Teach for America alum says he stayed after two years because he liked the challenge. (Get Schooled)
- The principals union is upset about the city’s plan to rotate excessed assistant principals. (GS In Brief)
- GothamSchools readers suggested their own names of potential schools chancellors. (GothamSchools)
- A teacher has students write “identity tweets” to share their stories with others. (Facing History)
- A researcher asks if there are low-performing schools with high-performing students. (Shanker Blog)
- Two professors discuss the importance of having nuanced debates about education. (EdWeek)
- National charter networks wrote a letter supporting the city’s upcoming charter school rally. (GS In Brief)
- A study found that using Louisiana’s vouchers to transfer schools increased racial integration. (EdNext)