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Renewal School Teacher Leadership Spring Symposium

Learning from each other

Reviewing materials at the Content Inquiry Teams at the Middle School Level workJonathan FickiesReviewing materials at the Content Inquiry Teams at the Middle School Level workshop are (from left) Adrienne Hadaway, an education officer; Cassandra Baptiste of the Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School; and Diane Furcick of MS 123 in the Bronx.

Model teacher Esther Anhwere-Ribeiro of Entrada Academy in the Bronx listens intJonathan FickiesModel teacher Esther Anhwere-Ribeiro of Entrada Academy in the Bronx listens intently at the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Initiative workshop. Teacher leaders from the city’s 96 renewal schools gathered on March 13 to showcase what they do and to learn from each other in a busy day of workshops organized by the UFT Teacher Center in collaboration with the DOE’s Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality. At the opening of the Renewal School Teacher Leadership Spring Symposium, UFT President Michael Mulgrew lauded the 200 educators for taking on the challenge of turning around struggling schools that serve high-needs students. “What you are doing is the hardest thing imaginable in the toughest environment in the country,” he said. For the first time, teacher leaders themselves led the workshops. At one workshop, teacher leaders shared strategies on developing an inter-visitation cycle so teachers can learn from each other. Danielle Bevilacqua, a model math teacher at MS 53 who participated in a panel on having leadership conversations, advised colleagues to be sure when they go to the principal, “you take ownership so the problem becomes one for both of you to solve.” Ciana De Bellis, the facilitator for the panel discussion and a teacher team leader who supports 14 schools, reminded everyone to set realistic goals for themselves. “We’re not magicians and we can’t put out all the fires,” she said. Dawn Story-Rodgers, a peer collaborative teacher at Boys and Girls HS in Brooklyn, said it was great to be recognized for all the hard work that teacher leaders and the rest of the staff at renewal schools have put into improving academics. “It’s a collaborative process,” she said, “because we’re all looking to share information and turn around our schools.”

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