Vperspective

September 5, 2013

Still fighting for justice & equality

I and thousands of others traveled to Washington D.C. on August 24 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, but we also wanted to remind the nation that the dreams that animated the original marchers — jobs, justice and freedom — are still, 50 years later, just that, dreams for many in our country.

June 27, 2013

Leading with professional learning

Typically, at this time of year the recipe for my final column would contain the usual ingredients: a large measure of looking back on the school year seasoned with a few tablespoons on how to keep one’s pedagogical skills from wilting during the summer months. But the items on the menu for the end of this school year are so varied and full of promise (and challenge) that I am reluctant to even declare this school year will close.

June 13, 2013

Helping to shape the future byteaching code

Girls Who Code is a great idea that will benefit our children, our communities and our economy. But, as its founder Reshma Saujani has said, it won’t succeed if we don’t have enough educators prepared to make it a reality.

May 30, 2013

Middle school teacher turnover high

For any organization to be successful, stability in its workforce, management and philosophy is essential. This is true whether it’s a business, a sports team or a school.

May 16, 2013

Common-sense approach for common good

The community schools model, which we learned about from our colleagues in Cincinnati, Ohio, is up and running in six pilot schools in New York City. It’s a common-sense approach for the common good, and one that I firmly believe will reduce the barriers to education.

May 2, 2013

The time is now!

The way that the special education reform has been implemented at the school level has hijacked good decision-making for students with disabilities. As high season for annual reviews approaches, now is the time to make sure that the students you serve have strong IEPs with solid program and service recommendations.

April 11, 2013

Seeking success in educating black and Latino males

As high school teachers, we witness our young black and Latino men grappling with external pressures and struggling in school. Will high school really make the difference in their lives? Is it relevant? Many of our students don’t believe so; all too often they concede to low expectations. The Expanded Success Initiative was created to address this challenge.

March 21, 2013

Valuing our work through evaluation

The word on the educational street is evaluation and there are some teachers don’t like the sound of it, some teachers who shun the word, others approach it very cautiously.

February 28, 2013

A spring with challenges

In New York City, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a margin of 6 to 1. So why haven’t we had a Democratic mayor in more than 20 years?

February 14, 2013

College and career readiness for all students

It used to be that when we spoke out about the paths to success that career and technical education opens for all students, and the pitfalls that await if they aren’t job-ready, we stood alone. Now we have allies in business and higher education, and many in the Department of Education, too.

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