Mark R Anderson

Guest Blogger

Special Education and ELA Instructional Specialist

New York City, New York

Mark Anderson is a special education and ELA instructional specialist in the Bronx. Previously, he taught special education and served as a coordinator at Jonas Bronck Academy, a district middle school in the Bronx. He has been a New York City Teaching Fellow, a member of the Learn Zillion Dream Team, and an alum of Coro New York’s Education Leadership Collaborative and New York Leadership Academy’s Leadership Advancement Program. He is a New York Educator Voice Fellow, and his writing on education has been featured on Chalkbeat New York, The Core Knowledge Blog, Education Week, The Education Gadfly and on his blog, Schools & Ecosystems.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2017

Battling Segregation Is Going to Take a Combination of Parents and Policy

New York schools have a problem, as do many other schools across our nation. Our children are so segregated from…

By Mark R Anderson

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Posted June 8, 2016

Watering Down Expectations for Students With Disabilities Is Not the Way to Go, New York

I believe that most students with disabilities* can and should engage with the same academic content that any other student would receive.…

By Mark R Anderson

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Posted Dec. 29, 2015

Why Schools Should Be More Like Trader Joe’s

Prior to becoming a special education teacher in the Bronx through New York City Teaching Fellows, I was a novitiate…

By Mark R Anderson

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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