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Should Charter Schools be Audited?

Posted by annamarkowitz

June 08, 2009, 3:13 pm

The New York Charter School Association along with 15 charter schools and the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence filed a suit demanding that Charter Schools have the freedom to do their own finances and not have to report to the comptroller. But some people are up in arms that Charter Schools are using public funds without any scrutiny. What do you think is the right thing to do? Read the whole article here.

 

Torture in our Schools?

Posted by annamarkowitz

June 04, 2009, 6:13 pm

The Wall Street Journal just reported on 10 cases of death and abuse in our public schools.  Some of these teachers are still teaching, and most of them involved torturing disabled or special need children. Read the full article here.

 

100% passing the math test for 13 schools in Queens

Posted by annamarkowitz

June 03, 2009, 2:13 pm

Citywide the math scores went up 7.5% and in 13 schools in Queens they got 100% of their kids to pass the test! How did they do it? Read the full article here.

 

Online Public School Students are Excelling

Posted by annamarkowitz

June 02, 2009, 11:13 am

The online world is forever expanding, and now it is taking on even the traditional public school arena. There have been some concerns that students enrolled in online public schools would have lower social skills, but now we have a study proving otherwise. Check out the full article here

 

Weingarten proposes plan to fix failing schools

Posted by annamarkowitz

June 01, 2009, 11:13 am

The president of the UFT suggests that Chancellor Joel Klein and the UFT apply for 5 billion in "Race to the Top" funds to create an innovative chancellor run network that could be a model for other struggling school systems. Read the whole article here

 

NYC Principals are younger and less experienced than ever before

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 26, 2009, 1:13 pm

Joel Klein's idea was to bring a fresh face to the education system by recruiting and training recent college graduates to be NYC public school principals. Right now, over 22% of NYC principals are under 40. Is this working? Read the New York Times article to find out.

 

Free Flip Video Cameras for Nonprofits!

Posted by Rachel

May 22, 2009, 10:05 am

Flip Video has committed to giving away 1 million Flip Video cameras to qualified non-profits to help them tell their stories. Check their guidelines to see if your school or organization qualifies.

30 Schools Close for Swine Flu

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 21, 2009, 1:13 pm

After assistant principal Wiener died from swine flu, the city has now started closing more schools by the day. The total is now up to 30 schools closed for swine flu. Check out the New York Times article for more info.

 

A book on going green

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 20, 2009, 12:13 pm

Hey Teachers,

 

Are you looking for a children's book on going green so you can teach your students about what they can do to save the environment? Check out the book Sammy and Sue Go Green Too!

 

Here is a little blurb about the book:

 

An event for ELL parents

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 19, 2009, 2:13 pm

Dear Parent Leaders,

The Office of English Language Learners is proud to share with you an exciting opportunity for parents of ELLs and former ELLs in your school community. Feel free to share this information with your parents, parent coordinators, and colleagues.

Plan a Summer of Learning and Fun!

An event for parents of English Language Learners (ELLs)

Monday, June 8, 2009, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 18, 2009, 3:13 pm

The other day I was trying to wrap my head around what one Trillion dollars look like. Would it fit on a soccer field or a classroom? How much is a trillion dollars really? I think this is something that students would find interesting too. So I started looking for things online and found this tool which shows students what large amounts of money looks like: "What does one TRILLION dollars look like?"

 

A billion pennies in Harlem

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 18, 2009, 2:13 pm

Steve Bergen, a teacher at The Children's Storefront School in Harlem, came up with a new way to teach his students about the large numbers associated with the stimulus package. It is hard for both children and adults alike to understand what a Billion and Trillion dollars actually looks like. To help the kids understand what a billion actually is (and to raise money for their private school that does not charge tuition and has a majority of their students coming from low income families), Bergen is having his students collect 1 billion pennies. 

 

3 Schools Close Due to Swine Flu

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 15, 2009, 12:13 pm

After Assistant Principal Mitchell Wiener came down with the most serious case of swine flu documented in New York City, New York Health officials took immediate action and closed his school (I.S. 238 in Hollis Queens). Wiener was hospitalized on Wednesday and is still sedated and recovering.

 

Now, two other schools have closed for a week (I.S. 5 in Elmhurst and P.S. 16 in Corona) after 241 kids were absent from class on Thursday at I.S. 5 and 29 kids went to the nurse with Flu like symptoms at P.S. 16.

 

 

Rethinking Student Assessment: #1

Posted by SusanHorowitz

May 15, 2009, 3:27 am

by Susan Horowitz, NYC Public School Teache

Funding for Education Month at the Foundation Center

Posted by Rachel

May 14, 2009, 11:48 am

The Foundation Center will host free events and classes throughout June to help educators become more effective grantseekers, find new funding prospects,

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

Education News Roundup

Posted by Rachel

May 12, 2009, 2:15 pm

A very interesting article about the Green Dot charter schools (New Yorker)

 

In an effort to cut costs and avoid layoffs, principals in New York City have been ordered to fill vacancies with internal candidates only. (NYTimes)

The Story Of Stuff

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 11, 2009, 12:13 pm

For all of you teachers out there who are looking for a good way to teach your kids about "going green" or the limit of the earth's resources, check out this 20 minute video called the Story of Stuff.  This video has a very liberal spin (it was created by a woman who used to work at Greenpeace), but it has some great information and is done in a very kid friendly way. Check out the youtube video

 

FREE Leveled Library

Posted by sfrancisco

May 08, 2009, 8:37 pm

by Steven Francisco, Innovation Teaching

 

With standardized testing nearing completion, the school year drawing to a close, and your students used to your routines and values, now is the time to prepare your library for the next school year while motivating summer reading: it's time to inventory and level your class library. It's also the perfect time to use a free tool designed to make the entire process easier than ever. LeveledLibrary.com.

 

Principals loose their choice of teachers

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 07, 2009, 2:13 pm

The reserve pool of teachers was created by a pact between the UFT (teachers union) and the city of New York. The goal of this reserve pool was to have a special place to put teachers whose positions were eliminated due to staffing cuts or school closings. Before they created these reserves, the teachers who were cut from schools were automatically transferred to other schools, even if the teachers were sub par. These reserves were a compromise to keep these teachers as substitutes (and therefore paid as equals) but out of their prior job as a full time classroom teacher.