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Edwize, the union's blog, is a place where members, public education advocates and others can express opinions in an effort to establish an agora of informed commentary on public education and labor issues. The views expressed on Edwize, and in the posts below, are not necessarily the official views of the UFT, NYSUT, or the AFT. Visit Edwize >>
The dip in the year
December 6, 2013
[A New Teacher Diary] The week after Thanksgiving is largely heralded as one of the most reviled times in the school calendar. After all the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pie, no one is in a position to come in and teach Common Core-aligned curriculum. No one wants to check for understanding, no one wants to use positive reinforcement to improve student behavior and no one wants to conference with students.
DOE's networks face a new day
November 21, 2013
The Parthenon Group, the management consultants that gave the DOE lots of high-priced advice on how to help struggling schools, raises deep concerns about the shortcomings of the Children First Networks that were construed as a way to deliver educational and administrative services to principals without actually supervising the schools.
The price of testing
November 19, 2013
[From the New Teacher Diaries] In early October, I had to administer yet another pre-assessment to my students. I understood that my students were starting to feel frustrated and uncomfortable with all of this pre-testing going on, so I really tried to make it as painless as possible.
November 19, 2013
In early October, I had to administer yet another pre-assessment to my students. I understood that my students were starting to feel frustrated and uncomfortable with all of this pre-testing going on, so I really tried to make it as painless as possible.
October 30, 2013
Co-locations have been a hot-button issue of the mayor’s race, and the issue is sure to stay heated in the months ahead. In this entry, two parents share some thoughts on their fight to keep a charter school from co-locating in the building of their school, IS 281 in Brooklyn.
October 22, 2013
In this post, guest blogger Norm Fruchter, co-author of the new Annenberg Institute for School Reform report, “Over the Counter, Under the Radar,” argues that the Department of Education should change its current method for assigning students to high schools. A “controlled choice” model would be more equitable and help all schools succeed, he says.
October 16, 2013
With shows like American Idol suggesting that anyone can become a pop star, it was only a matter of time before we had a reality show suggesting that anyone can be a teacher. Now we have "Dream School," which follows celebrity attempts to teach teenagers who have dropped out or been expelled from school.
October 4, 2013
When scores for the first round of Common Core-aligned state tests were released this summer, it wasn’t surprising that the results were lower than in years past. What did come as a surprise, however, was how well students at Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy schools had fared.
September 27, 2013
On the day I was first hired as a teacher, my principal told me that teaching was a magical profession filled with endless possibilities. I assumed she meant that children were magical creatures and their minds were sponges ready to be filled up by teachers. Actually, though, her excitement every year was fueled by the “do-over,” or, to be more eloquent, a new beginning.
September 23, 2013
A teacher’s life can be measured by a long chain of plans. We plan our days, our lessons, even our free time. Teachers spend their lives helping young people plan theirs. I find myself making plans only for them to be altered.
September 17, 2013
Here is a headline that was missing in the NYC newspapers this past week: "NYC Teachers: The Best Teachers in the State." And here is the missing lead to the article: An analysis of New York State’s growth scores reveals that NYC teachers are twice as likely to be considered "highly effective" compared to teachers in the rest of the state.
September 9, 2013
As I reflect on my career and make my way into my 10th year of teaching, I realize that despite the grueling system that controls the teachers and children of New York City public schools, I will continue to do all I can to build good character and set a strong foundation for our future generation.
August 22, 2013
A few months ago we did an analysis of the college-readiness numbers of the system’s high-school graduates. That analysis showed that the system’s college-readiness rate – 22.2% — was largely attributable to a small number of high schools.
August 8, 2013
With this year’s introduction of Common Core-aligned tests, flawed as they were, the city schools enter a new era. The transition will be a game changer that will bring angry reactions by teachers and students, and wider class and racial performance gaps.
July 3, 2013
A new report by the leading organization for international education data finds that public school teachers in the United States earn only about two-thirds of what similarly-educated U.S. workers earn, while teachers in most of the rest of the developed world earn 80 to 89 percent of their peer professionals.
July 1, 2013
We all know that New York State created an evaluation system for New York City on June 1. But while teachers are becoming more familiar with the individual measures, they are far less familiar with how it all adds up once the year is done.
June 27, 2013
The city’s already weak college-readiness rate was inflated by a small group of schools with many college-ready students. The city’s overall college-readiness rate of 22.2% did not represent the reality for even most city schools. In fact, only a quarter of the city’s high schools had a college-ready rate that was 22% or better.
May 3, 2013
As many of us have long suspected, the impacts of popular market-oriented reforms are not as positive as their proponents would have us believe. Guest blogger Elaine Weiss suggests a way forward.