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Structured classroom observations, using highly regarded professional guidelines, will make up the majority of a teacher’s evaluation in the new system. These are very different from the old practice, often derided as “drive-by” observations, which were conducted without any common performance expectations and ended with an unexplained S- or U-rating.
The State Education Commissioner released the details of a complex new teacher evaluation plan on June 1 that will be used to rate K-12 classroom teachers beginning in September.
A new study of city students finds that the additional year of instruction from repeating a grade has positive impacts on language arts and math achievement, but that gains from summer school are mixed and far more modest.
The measures of student learning in the new evaluation system are based on a broad menu of tests, performance tasks and other assessments. Half of the 40 points will be a state measure of student learning. The other 20 points will be a local measure that features teacher input.
Not all principals will be able and fair evaluators. Some teachers get rated poorly by their principals for reasons having nothing to do with their teaching ability. And some struggling teachers simply need more support and guidance. The new evaluation system addresses all of these issues.
All four domains and all 22 components of the framework below will be used for supporting and evaluating teacher practice.
At least nine schools will join the UFT’s growing network of Community Learning Schools this fall, helping to expand the group that is shaping a New York City model for delivering sustainable, wraparound services to schools that educate poor and underserved communities.
Education spending for the coming year is flat in the mayor’s final executive budget, UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified at a City Council hearing on June 5, while tax breaks for corporations, developers and private-equity firms nearly tripled during the mayor’s tenure.
The Daily News has launched the “Hometown Heroes in Education” awards and is now accepting your nominations.
“Schools need more alternatives to suspending students,” UFT Director of School Safety David Kazansky said at a public hearing on proposed changes to the citywide discipline code.
Teachers and parents at the Andries Hudde Middle School in Flatbush won a rare victory in late May when the Department of Education was forced to drop its plan to co-locate a charter school inside their building.
The UFT and the board of trustees at the Opportunity Charter School in Harlem have agreed to a first-ever contract at the school. Educators on May 17 exercised their union voting rights for the first time and ratified their two-year contract by a nearly unanimous vote.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded guidance counselors at an awards ceremony and said those being honored are "26 amazing people."
“You’re the guys who put the passion in our causes,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew told a packed house of retirees gathered at the New York Hilton Hotel on June 3 for their historic 50th annual Retired Teachers Chapter Luncheon.
About a hundred teachers and administrators and a handful of children gathered at UFT headquarters on May 18 to get new ideas for classroom lessons involving Legos.
The UFT Delegate Assembly will decide at its next meeting on June 19 whom to endorse for mayor, UFT President Michael Mulgrew told delegates on May 22.
Twenty-six adult education teachers will receive a total of $1.7 million in retroactive pay thanks to a recent arbitration decision finding that the Department of Education used the wrong pay rate to compensate them for after-hours work.
Following alarming incidents of leaking and smoking PCB-laden light fixtures in New York City public schools this spring, the Department of Education agreed on May 22 to cut in half its time frame for replacing them.
He’s been an educator, an activist and an aide to a state assemblyman. Now Mark Treyger, a civics teacher and UFT delegate from New Utrecht HS, hopes to serve his community as the next City Councilman from the 47th Council District in Brooklyn.