New York City

Posted Mar. 16, 2018

What Happens When Even the ‘Best’ Neighborhood School Treats Its Students With Disabilities Horribly?

The New York Post recently profiled Wesley Clark, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights. The article describes a “supposedly progressive Brooklyn Heights public school that talks…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

The Right Is Distracting Us From Needed Gun Safety Laws by Creating a Myth About School Discipline

This is how myths are made. It typically starts with a view grounded in ideology. Then “research” is generated to support the view. Lastly, pundits…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Turns Out Arresting Kids in School Is Totally a Race Thing

I was in my sophomore year at an all-boys’ Catholic high school in the Bronx the first time I saw a school administrator lay hands…

By Stephan Maldonado

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Coffee Break: Talking Pour-Overs, Implicit Bias and Empathy With Seth Gershenson

In 2015, a study showing how implicit bias affects teacher expectations by Seth Gershenson and two colleagues made waves throughout the profession. Gershenson, an associate…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 23, 2018

These Kids Show You How to Celebrate School Choice Week

It’s National School Choice Week and students from around the country can’t stop dancing. Yes, dancing is a thing. Every year, students don their yellow…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Dec. 13, 2017

Teacher Leadership Works. Just Look at New Mexico.

Ask any parent what’s most important to her about her child’s school. Aside from fundamentals like safety, she’ll tell you: What matters most is the…

By Julia Rafal-Baer

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

College Enrollment Isn’t the Only Goal at This New York High School. A High-Paying Job Is, Too.

A recent New York City high school fair for career and technical education—otherwise known as CTE—offered a brief glimpse to students and parents of what…

By David Noah

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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Just Imagine Being a Parent at This School Where Your Kid Was Stabbed to Death

I write from a place of privilege today. I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Homelessness, Cancer and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to Shadina Charles that it is time to wake up and get her daughters…

By Keciah Bailey

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Everything That’s Right and Wrong About Education Reform, I Learned at My 25th Corliss High School Reunion

At my 25th high school reunion dinner recently, I found myself upset. I had a major conflict of interest, where my loyalties were challenged and…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

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