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Fashion + Education = Money

Posted by Rachel

February 20, 2009, 8:40 pm

Today marks the end of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Bryant Park. What, you may ask, does this have to do with education? Well it turns out there are some people in the fashion world who care about more than just haute couture.


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.

Meet a Teacher #3: Supporting You Child's Development as a Reader (Part II)

Posted by Beardy

February 19, 2009, 4:48 pm

Meet NYC Teacher Samuel Ronford, Part II: Last week we talked about the need for young readers to develop fluency – the ability to read aloud effortlessly and with expression. Being able to read fluently is important because it helps us comprehend what we read. It is a necessary part but it is not sufficient. After all, how many of us realize after reading a couple of pages that we can't remember what we just read?

Will KIPP AMP Unionize?

Posted by Beardy

February 19, 2009, 1:37 pm

Tensions rise as KIPP AMP charter school in Crown Heights continues talks with UFT...http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/education/07kipp.html?partner=rss&emc=rss


HOT...FOR EDUCATION: The Top Twenty For 2009 By Andrew Russo

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 19, 2009, 1:32 pm

Every Year "This Week in Education" ranks the hottest 20 people working in education. Check out this year's rankings...


Class Sizes Jump in NYC

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 18, 2009, 10:02 am

Class sizes jumped last year despite the reduction of 4,000 students attending NYC public schools (down to 1,019,525).


This jump in class size is mostly due to the principals being weary of hiring new teachers in the current economic climate. But critics of Bloomberg and Joel Klein think that they should have been paying more attention to the initiative to reduce class sizes. With more attention the class sizes could have decreased instead of increasing.


Weekly Event Roundup

Posted by Rachel

February 17, 2009, 5:39 pm

Just because NYC public schools are out this week doesn't mean we can't hit up some great events! Check these out and don't forget to post your education events on the LinkEd events calendar - your one-stop shop for any and all education events in NYC!


Wednesday, February 18:

Weekly Resource Roundup

Posted by Beardy

February 14, 2009, 1:09 pm

-- For Teachers: Replications Inc. creates and sustains public middle schools and high schools that give students from the most disadvantaged communities access to a high quality education. They are seeking highly qualified teachers in all content areas in New York City.

RISE & LinkEd Teacher Happy Hour!

Posted by Rachel

February 13, 2009, 5:06 pm

Last night over 75 people came out to Retreat for the RISE and LinkEducation Teacher Happy Hour! There were educators from public, private, and charter schools as well as various education nonprofits. Some people were interested in finding new teaching jobs or nominating their school to be a RISE partner, while others came to simply learn more and mingle with fellow teachers before they head out for the Midwinter Break.

Meet a Teacher: Supporting Your Child's Development as a Reader

Posted by Beardy

February 12, 2009, 11:52 pm

Meet NYC teacher, Samuel Ronfard: It wasn't until I started teaching reading about three years ago that I realized how complicated reading is. If I asked you whether you were a good reader, I am sure you would respond: "yes". But, what does it mean to be a good reader? Is it just being able to read letters on a page? Is it understanding what we read? And what does it mean to understand what we read?

Stimulus could spare the 15,000 teacher layoffs

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 12, 2009, 11:07 am

Mayor Bloomberg went to Washington this past week to warn about the repercussions of not getting enough money for education.


It looks like his arguments worked because he got 90% of what he was asking for. It is not certain how he will use this money, but he is going to try his hardest not to cut teacher positions. The updated budgets are due in June, so he might keep a bit mum until then.


He received $1 billion for education stabilization and $750 million for building and fixing schools.

K or 1st Grade Class Needed to play Dodge Ball with the Rapper "Bow Wow"

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 11, 2009, 1:17 pm

Are you a K or 1st Grade teacher in Brooklyn or the Bronx? If so the Source Magazine is doing a short photo shoot of Bow Wow playing dodge ball and  need a class to participate. The idea of this event is to give inner city kids a chance to interact with one of their favorite celebrities. The dates of this event  are flexible, but March or April are preferred. If you are interested, contact Colin Hornett at cwhornett@gmail.com



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

NYC Teachers head to D.C.

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 10, 2009, 1:39 pm

New York City parents, teachers and union representatives are rallying on Capitol Hill today to show support of the president's economic stimulus plan.


Buses full of people left this morning from Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.


They say that time is ticking and that if we don't get this money our schools will be badly hurt.

Weekly Event Round Up: Feb 10th-16th

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 10, 2009, 7:59 am

Hello all and welcome to the weekly roundup. This week you have tons of events to choose from:


Tuesday: Talk to Uncommon School's Liz Bliss, Hollyhock instructional Fellow and Dean of Students at Excellence Charter School for Boys. At their Webinar


What are the Republicans Saying about the Stimulus Bill?

Posted by annamarkowitz

February 09, 2009, 3:26 pm

New York Times:

Republicans strongly criticized some of the proposals as wasteful spending and an ill-considered expansion of the federal government’s role, traditionally centered on aid to needy students, into new realms like local school construction.

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.

Free Electronic Subscription to the Daily News for Your Classroom

Posted by Rachel

February 07, 2009, 10:36 am

You can get a free subscription to the Daily News electronic edition for your classroom that’s accessible to you and your students Sunday-Friday, 24 hours a day. Your students can perfect their research skills, fulfill some of their technology and other standards, and sharpen primary document analysis skills by taking advantage of this service.

Programs for Schools: Weekly Roundup

Posted by Beardy

February 06, 2009, 4:37 pm

Schools, check it out. NYC is filled with many great (and FREE) organizations helping our children and schools with curriculum support, workshops, arts programs, tutoring programs, math/science programs, etc. These programs continue to sign up with LinkEducation everyday. But, given everything on your plate, where do you find time to search for new opportunities??

Meet a Teacher #1: Who is Your Favorite Teacher?

Posted by Beardy

February 05, 2009, 10:32 pm

We all have a favorite teacher. This month we thought it would be fun to collect stories from all of you about your favorite teacher so that we can learn from the pros - our own teachers/mentors.


Let me start. My favorite teacher was Mr. Sekerak - my third grade teacher. I liked him for a whole host of reasons, but the primary reasons were as follows: