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Just Next Door, Classrooms Jump to Fight Obesity

Posted by Beardy

March 26, 2009, 4:45 pm

As teachers, you may already be aware of the incredible obesity crisis in our country. Nearly every one in six children from 2-year-olds through 19-year-olds is considered obese. Just because state law only requires public schools outside of New York City to report a summary of students' weight status, does not mean our schools should neglect the issue.

 

Parents Take Legal Action Against School Closings

Posted by annamarkowitz

March 25, 2009, 6:59 pm

Three Schools are closing this year in Harlem and Brooklyn without the consent of the community. There are Community Education Councils that should have been notified about the possibility of the school closing, but parents and several unions in the community are  suing the Education Department and claiming that these Councils were never notified of the impending closures.

 

The Department of Education says that the schools in question were all failing and that the students from these schools will have priority as they apply to other schools.

New York City Experiments with Merit Pay for Teachers

Posted by annamarkowitz

March 24, 2009, 4:18 pm

New York City and Houston along with Florida Minnesota and Texas are beginning to pay their teachers based on performance. These bonuses will be derived mostly from test scores, and teachers that get "better than expected" results will get paid accordingly.

There is some controversy that these standardized tests are not the only way to judge teacher success and that teachers should be judged in other ways as well.

Is it the test or how we teach?

Posted by annamarkowitz

March 23, 2009, 12:01 pm

Obama recently stated that he wants to see “assessments that don’t simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test.”

But instead of disregarding the fill in the bubble reading tests that some say are the most accurate tests that we have, should we be preparing for these tests differently?

Right now, a lot of teachers are "teaching to the tests". Spending countless hours on practice tests. But would this time be better spent learning vocabulary and reasoning skills?

Education News Roundup

Posted by Rachel

March 16, 2009, 10:34 pm

In a Part of Queens With Crowded Schools, Opposition to a New One [NYTimes]

 

New Debates Over Church, State, School and Charters [Gotham Gazette]

 

Where Education and Assimilation Collide [NYTimes]

 

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.

Teachers: Create Math Worksheets!

Posted by Beardy

March 12, 2009, 12:00 pm

Teachers, how long do you spend looking for and/or creating worksheets for class? Well I think I have a solution for you. This week for Meet a Teacher, I am sharing an incredible resource with you, tested by another teacher. It is the worksheet generator... http://www.homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/

 

Home School Math has a number of worksheet generators that you can for various grade levels, different topics, and they have answers! My friend uses this site every week to create workbooks for his GED class. Take a look. You might find it helpful too!

 

Obama and the Big Reform

Posted by Beardy

March 11, 2009, 9:25 am

President Obama's speech on education reform yesterday was yet another spine-tingling address in which President Obama called for higher education standards, rewarding good teachers while weeding out  duds, and lifting the cap on charter schools. While the information wasn't exactly new news, the speech outlined where his priorities are on  eduaction and teacher policy. And as Andy Rotherham says, you had me at reform...

Education News Roundup

Posted by Rachel

March 10, 2009, 4:03 am

Brooklyn principal Sara Belcher-Barnes busted in grade-inflate probe [Daily News]

 

Taking Sides on New York’s School Chancellor [NYTimes]

 

Teach For America receives 35,000 applicants!

Posted by annamarkowitz

March 09, 2009, 12:15 pm

As the job market dwindles for college seniors, more of them are turning to Teach For America in hopes of finding employment after they graduate. Unfortunately Teach For America is being hit by the same economic crunch that is affecting all non-profits this year. Due to the budget cuts in NYC they are only placing 350 corp members In New York City compared to 500 last year. So this means even tougher competition for these struggling seniors.

 

What or How? Are We Assessing the Right Things?

Posted by Beardy

March 06, 2009, 9:01 am

Student assessment is a hot topic in the education sector and often generates a lot of passion during discussion. Too often student assessment falls short. While it shows there is a problem, it is does not give us a clue as to how to address the problem.

Meet a Teacher #4: Teacher’s Wants vs. Student’s Needs

Posted by Beardy

March 05, 2009, 7:31 pm

“Show me a school where teachers are learning, and I’ll show you a school where students are learning.” - Deborah Meier

Celebrate Teachers that Paved the Way: Helen Weinstein, A Teacher of Principals

Posted by Beardy

March 04, 2009, 12:55 pm

New York Teacher celebrates the teachers who have paved the way for the freedoms we have today in our own classrooms. Take a moment to read the story of Helen Weinstein, a teacher given a classroom of 50 first graders, who fought and paid for her rights and the rights of her students. http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/newyorkteacher_12303.htm

Education News Roundup

Posted by Rachel

March 02, 2009, 5:52 pm

Julia Stiles Gives Joel Klein School Reform Ideas [NYMag]

 

Study Finds Edge for Certain Early-Math Programs [EdWeek]

 

Charters Offer More Choices in Harlem, but Stir Concern for Public Schools [NYTimes]

 

Program Round Up! Reading, International Summer Programs, and Arts in Education

Posted by Beardy

February 27, 2009, 6:03 pm

And the new recruits to LinkEducation.org are....

1) Behind the Book: get your children excited about reading!! Behind the Book brings authors and their books into classrooms to build literacy skills and nurture a new generation of book readers. The students even get to keep copies of the book to take home and share with friends/siblings. Take advantage of this great program! (Great for Teachers or Principals)

 

More college money for needy students

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 27, 2009, 11:20 am

President Obama just outlined a new program to help our neediest students get grants to go to college. Check out this article by the New York Times to see how it will work

Go Green! with Science...

Posted by Beardy

February 26, 2009, 5:25 pm

Teachers - green is the new black these days! Teach your students the value of a green environment through experiments or fun field trips. NYC has a number of great programs teaching NYC citizens how to go green.

 

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.

   

Internships Needed for High Schoolers!

Posted by Beardy

February 24, 2009, 5:29 pm

Could you use help with web design, business, media, event planning, or graphic design work at your organization?? The Pablo Neruda Academy for Architecture and World Studies (PNA) is looking for organizations that can provide a spring internship for one of their high school eleventh graders. PNA is a small public school in the Bronx has many students looking for unpaid internships this spring on Thursdays and Fridays from March 12 - May 1 (12 calendar days due to Spring Break schedule).

 

Education News Roundup

Posted by Rachel

February 24, 2009, 9:54 am

Will Mayor Bloomberg dump Joel Klein? [New York Magazine]

 

In education, the new administration is as ruinous as the old, by Diane Ravitch [Politico]

 

The Education Department in frenzy to find space for kids [New York Daily News]