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.

January 31, 2013

Helping children feel safe in times of stress

The world is unfortunately filled with stress and, much as we would like to shield young children from it, there is no magic wand. This past fall, we shared the trauma inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated some of our school communities and affected everyone throughout the area in one way or another.

January 17, 2013

You can make a difference

The SESIS arbitration decision and award is a great victory and a much-needed boost in a very difficult year. But while the union took the grievance to arbitration, it was you, the members, who made it a success.

December 20, 2012

Inspired to lead

High school is my spot — it was where I found my inspiration to teach and where the seeds of leadership took root and began to grow. When I reflect on high school at its best, I think of Mr. Larsen, the social studies teacher at my midsized academic high school on Long Island. He piqued our intellectual curiosity and prepared us for higher education.

December 6, 2012

Recovering from two kinds of storms

Hurricane Sandy slammed into our metropolitan area on Oct. 29, causing death and destruction. Educators still feel the financial and emotional effects of the storm on themselves, their students and their colleagues, and see the physical damage to communities, homes, schools and classrooms.

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