Teachers rated Ineffective or Developing based on state Common Core tests this year or next will not face negative consequences, according to changes to the evaluation system agreed to by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 19 in the final hours of the legislative session.
The Legislature’s changes followed widespread criticism of the tests themselves and a botched implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards by the State Education Department. The state rushed to put the standards and tests in place without full curricula and without giving educators a chance to test what worked with their students.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew, joined by state lawmakers, announced new bipartisan state legislation to increase the diversity of the student body at the city’s eight specialized high schools by not basing admissions exclusively on the performance of an entrance exam.
In courtyards, in backyards and on rooftops, hundreds of school gardens are in bloom. Tens of thousands of city children are planting seeds and helping them grown into flowers and plants that please the eye, build good health and bring color to schoolyards and communities everywhere.
At the Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony, 188 young people, including nine graduate students, won Shanker scholarships to further their education. Students, families and teachers attended the ceremony at UFT headquarters to celebrate their achievement.
In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.
In Hope Fogarty’s2nd-grade class at PS 88 in Ridgewood, her students recently pondered a dilemma: Two friends arrive at a playground swing, and both want to have a turn. How do you work it out?
After pairing off, the students come up with solutions.
“You can go for 10 minutes, and then I’ll go for 10 minutes,” said one child.
In Gail Flynn’s 4th-grade class, students are discussing difficult situations, written on colorful paper strips, such as “you were left out of a party.” Flynn guides the students through healthy responses that allow them to talk about their feelings without losing control. It’s about validating feelings and letting them go, Flynn explains.
“I would say, ‘I feel sad that you didn’t invite me,’” one student said.
The “Give and Take” lesson in both classes is part of the Safe and…
George Monasterio oversees the design, construction and aesthetics of Grand Central and Metro-North’s outlying stations — which makes him responsible for supervising everything from the erection of railroad overpasses to the blueprints of a new store inside the terminal.
Thanks to a dynamic physical education teacher and support from the nonprofit running organization New York Road Runners, the Mighty Milers of PS 164 have collectively run almost 36,000 miles since September.
PS 100, in South Brooklyn, on June 3 opened its new UFT Teacher Center, the product of a strong working relationship between Chapter Leader Joanne Bullaro, Assistant Principal Tabatha Romano and Principal Katherine Moloney.
It was a “Thriller” of an evening for Transit Tech Career and Technical Education HS in Brooklyn on June 11, when a full auditorium of students, staff and family members was treated to a student performance of “Unstoppable: A Tribute to the Jackson Family.”
We expended a lot of energy — and relied heavily on your involvement — these last several years fighting against Mayor Bloomberg and his mistaken policies. Now we’ll be able to channel that energy into thinking creatively about how we can improve our school system.
No one should have to go to work while sick. Whether you’re a nurse, a child care provider, a charter school teacher or any other worker, working while sick is bad for you, your family, your colleagues and those you serve.
Over the last 15 years, as the number of charter schools around the country has multiplied, the movement has increasingly become dominated by charter school networks such as Success Academy and Uncommon Schools as opposed to independent or community-based charter schools.
When I was in high school, my 10th-grade English teacher at Edward R. Murrow, Lou Frederick, changed the way I perceived the world. Frederick did this through a system called the “Deep Board,” which captivated our interests while doubling as a tool of positive reinforcement for our deep thoughts.
The last doom-and-gloom column outlined the impending bloodbath many pundits see coming in the November 2014 midterm elections, just five months from now. This column is devoted to possibilities and glimmers of hope.