In a move that few would have predicted a year ago, the State Board of Regents on Dec. 14 voted nearly unanimously to eliminate state-provided growth scores based on state test scores from teacher evaluations for four years.
The Regents is expected to soon make official this change through emergency regulations, with a public comment period to follow. Only outgoing chancellor Merryl Tisch voted to keep the state scores in evaluations.
The Regents vote follows on the heels of a report by a Common Core task force convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The task force report, released on Dec. 10, called for a full review and rewrite of the state’s adopted Common Core Learning Standards and related curriculum and tests, as well as a state ban on using state growth scores to evaluate students or te…
City educators are wagering that a writing program first used at New Dorp HS on Staten Island can produce notable literacy gains among the many high-needs students at Flushing and 13 other struggling high schools in the city’s School Renewal Program.
Elizabeth Bonney is willing to try many things to figure out what will help the students in her self-contained special education class at PS 88 in Ridgewood learn — including a monthly visit from Sammy, a therapy dog.
When that other iconic winter figure — Queen Elsa — glided into the room at the holiday party thrown by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless at union headquarters on Dec. 12, children gasped and cheered as if they had just seen Santa Claus himself.
Around 300 high school students from across the city got a head start toward preparing for career success at the UFT’s Manhattan headquarters on Dec. 5 for the third annual Big Apple Classic Leadership Summit.
When winter winds finally start howling around here, scores of children from neighborhood homeless shelters in Harlem will be ready with brand new mittens, scarves, hats, coats and sweaters to help keep them warm.
The days of test and punish are over. After a disastrous experiment with the Common Core standards — implemented without proper curriculum or teacher training — New York now has a chance to get things right.
The No. 1 special education issue in schools is pressure to fit students into the programs and services that are available in the school even if the programs and services did not meet the student’s needs.
As educators and unionists, we are charged with reminding our students and ourselves that even in these frightening times — after the terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and elsewhere — we cannot give in to bias and fear-mongering.
Digital Citizenship can be defined as navigating through online media responsibly, effectively and safely. Teaching these skills helps students think through ethical dilemmas they encounter online every day in order to ultimately make better decisions.
As educators, we know the power of language to encourage or obstruct rational thinking. George Orwell, in his novel “1984,” dramatized the use of language as a weapon of control. Phrases such as “big brother is watching” short cut real thought and revealed the dark side of public rhetoric.
What kind of thinking do the short-cut messages of bumper stickers send?