December 19, 2013

Working for future of city’s high schools

Amid all the upheaval in high schools over the past 12 years, there are success stories that support a different vision. I invite you to consider how the Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School in East Flatbush advances teaching and learning and shared voice.

November 14, 2013

A new model for confronting challenging student behavior

With the encouragement and full support of President Mulgrew, I approached the Department of Education and Cornell University with a proposal to create a consortium to provide schools with a systemic and research-based approach to understanding, assessing and supporting positive student behavior.

October 17, 2013

Stay true to your profession

I’m not against assessments, but we can’t let our efforts targeted toward a test get in the way of igniting that spark of learning in our students. The teachers I meet are staying true to their mission and bringing education to life for their students by adapting the new demands to what they know works.

September 26, 2013

Building the CTE of the future

The UFT will, in partnership with the AFT’s Albert Shanker Institute, be co-hosting a conference that will bring together CTE educators, experts and industry partners on Oct. 10 and 11 to map out our vision for the future of career and technical education.

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.

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