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How to Bring Nutrition Balance into your Life

Posted by annamarkowitz

January 06, 2012, 1:54 am

Red Rabbit will be leading a workshop called "How to Bring Nutrition Balance into your Life" at our 6th Annual Education Expo on March 10th.


To get your nutrition juices flowing, they are providing some holiday tips on eating as a family. Enjoy, and mark your callendars to hear even more tips on March 10th!


Family Meal Time


Fostering Curiosity at Home and at School

Posted by annamarkowitz

January 03, 2012, 8:27 pm

Author John Barell will be leading a workshop at our upcoming 6th Annual Education Expo on "Fostering Curiosity at Home and at School".


Evaluating the New Teacher Evaluation System

Posted by SusanHorowitz

December 21, 2011, 3:27 am

The new teacher evaluation system that is being unrolled in NYC is based on a Teacher Effectiveness Rubric designed by Charlotte Danielson.  In order to test this new initiative, 111 schools across six networks have agreed to take part in a pilot program called Talent Management. The pilot was set up, according to Chancellor Walcott's team, to gather data and feedback from educational professionals and to ensure that all evaluative practices are fair (Teacher Reference Guide, 2011).  The program is meant to assess both teacher pr

Why Learn Japanese?

Posted by hillslearning

April 27, 2010, 6:03 pm

This is certainly a question that is asked of both myself, and of Hills Learning. Japanese in the 80’s was what Chinese is today, a language that is learned for business, political, and most importantly future expectations. If a language is perceived to become more prominent, people will try to learn it. Chinese is seen as a language that might even take over English in prominence, so people are desperate to learn it. Potential students for Japanese these days, so people tell me, are manga and anime fans.


Learning Chinese - Where to Start & the Basics

Posted by hillslearning

March 16, 2010, 4:39 pm

Congratulations on choosing to learn the most prominent Asian language for the new decade in 2010. Learning Chinese has become the new linguistic pursuit in schools throughout NYC. Individually when networking I've also come to find out that businessmen, government employees, parents concerned about their children's future, or just individuals interested in Asian language or culture have all at least discussed the possibility of learning Chinese. The possibilities with the language seem limitless, but where to start learning Chinese?

Assessment - The Triple Axel Failure

Posted by SusanHorowitz

August 19, 2009, 6:25 pm

Part of the Assessment Series by NYC Public School Teacher, Susan Horowitz


Striking a Happy Medium Between the Intern and the Internship

Posted by JSmithBryant

June 30, 2009, 5:10 pm

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."

-- Author Audre Lorde


The world is ever changing and often times in these tough economic times we find ourselves feeling unbalanced, fearful and uncomfortable about our footing.  We begin questioning everything, complaining about everyone, and yet nothing changes until you put in the work to make a change.


Rethinking Student Assessment: Part 2

Posted by SusanHorowitz

June 18, 2009, 12:36 pm

Before we investigate how teachers and schools can use assessment data to track student progress, we must first define assessment. Assessment is any form of diagnostic, formative, or summative evaluation of a student’s knowledge, performance, and learning. Testing, the most common form of assessment, is only one in a broad spectrum of acceptable assessments (Stephens et al., 1995)1. Any form of oral interaction, documented classroom observation, student work sample, student interview, quiz, classroom test, criterion-referenced test, or standardized test is valuable assessment.

Rethinking Student Assessment: #1

Posted by SusanHorowitz

May 15, 2009, 3:27 am

by Susan Horowitz, NYC Public School Teache

Making a Choice, Taking a Chance

Posted by AdminLinkEd

May 13, 2009, 2:13 pm

By now (it’s May) students applying to college have heard yea or nay from admissions offices, made choices about where they’ll attend school next year, and maybe even made them again, as spots on waiting lists have opened up.  I’d be really curious to know what factors were the most important in their decisions.  Was it the financial package?  The institution’s academic profile?  The range of majors offered, the possibility for independent study, its study abroad program?  The co-curriculum?  Getting away from family and friends?  S

Can All Children Learn?

Posted by marybeth@watchmelearn.com

April 17, 2009, 9:05 pm

by MaryBeth Palo, mother of a child with autism and founder of Watch Me Learn

In today’s society, we generally rely on professionals for answers and for guidance on how to teach a child.  We receive medical reports, educational assessments and scientific data to answer this question.  Then a method of treatment and teaching is formulated.

The problems are:

The Upside of New Technology (in a Down Economy): Free web tools offer great options for students and educators.

Posted by annamarkowitz

March 12, 2009, 2:05 pm

If dialogue is one intended outcome of the most recent stimulus bill then it has achieved at least one milestone. Technology is one among several categories of the stimulus that are triggering a robust conversation for educators, students, and the myriad programs infused throughout the public education system working to support the two. In addition to debates about how much funding is needed to bring students and teachers up to speed, there's the ever-present concern about how to prioritize available funding in ways that will truly help catalyze progress.

How to Get There From Here: College Preparation Tips - by Donna Heiland

Posted by Beardy

February 26, 2009, 1:23 am

When I was a high school student in Canada, applying to college was simple.  I walked down to my guidance counselor’s office, filled out some forms indicating my top three college choices, and that was more or less it.  Or maybe I took the forms away, filled them out, and brought them back.  I honestly can’t remember, it was such a low-stress experience.  But that was then and there.  This is here and now:  the United States in the 21st century, and getting to college is a very big deal.


Stimulating Disappointment

Posted by Beardy

February 19, 2009, 6:13 pm

Public education leaders are salivating over their pieces of the $97 billion stimulus pie. Leveraging the myth that school spending on everything from buildings to books translates directly into student achievement, they stand ready to give us the public schools of our dreams: now finally affordable.

Charters, Unions, and the New Paradigm

Posted by dirkt

February 11, 2009, 10:22 am

The days when it was charter schools versus unions in NYC are quickly becoming a thing of the past.  This year, staffs of two more charter schools, KIPP Infinity and KIPP AMP, signaled their intention to collectively bargain, by majority vote.  This alongside opening the first Green Dot school, a highly reputed California-based non profit charter management organization that formed its own union, and the potential replication of other excellent union schools such as Renaissance Charter in Queens, have shown that charters are not the enemies of unions, in some ways they may be cruc

DFER's update on the Stimulus Plan

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 09, 2009, 10:36 am

Last week DFER pushed forward some talking points about what the stimulus package should include to make sure that we are spending wisely on education issues.  Since this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, we need to make sure that we fund the right initiatives to further our education system. Here is an update on what the House and Senate approved, and what changes DFER thinks needs to be made to these Senate and House approved packages before they approve the final package.

What DFER says about the $145 billion education stimulus package

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 04, 2009, 7:48 am


Democrats For Education Reform just released its suggestions for how to make the new stimulus plan work for the education sector. Joe Williams, Executive Director stated that, "This economic stimulus package is a historic investment in education, the largest increase in federal funds in history and presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get things right. "


There is more than enough in the $145 billion in education funds to:


Finding Tutoring, Tips from Walter DaLuz

Posted by Walter Da Luz

January 29, 2009, 5:38 am

Finding a tutor for your child can be quite a challenge, but it needn’t be. The trick is to make sure you’re informed about two things. What kind of attention your child needs and what resources are available in your community.


Tips from Earl Martin Phalen, Co-Founder BELL

Posted by AdminLinkEd

January 27, 2009, 4:17 pm

Earlier this month, the LinkEducation team went to an event where we had the pleasure of hearing Earl Martin Phalen, the CEO and Co-Founder of BELL, speak about BELL's summer program. BELL, founded in 1992 as a tutoring and mentoring program at one school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is now serving over 12,600 students in their after school and summer programs and has received many awards for exemplary service.

Interview with DreamYard's Tim Lord

Posted by AdminLinkEd

January 27, 2009, 4:16 pm

This past month the LinkEducation staff met with Tim Lord, Co-Executive Director of DreamYard, an organization that works with public schools in the Bronx to develop school wide arts programs. We were so impressed with their programs and their school DY Prep, that we decided that all of our LinkEducation needed to know about them! We hope that you enjoy this interview with Tim.
What are DreamYard’s programs and services?