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John Elfrank-Dana

John Elfrank-Dana is a social studies teacher, Carnegie Scholar and United Federation of Teachers chapter leader at Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan.

John Elfrank-Dana appears in the following:

Will the Common Core Widen the Digital Divide?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A teacher who trains other teachers on using new media in the classroom says he's concerned the confluence of the Common Core learning standards and a new system for evaluating teachers will widen the digital divide, in effect guaranteeing rudimentary use of new media to drill students on upcoming tests.

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Wanted: New Standards That Embrace Technology

Friday, September 07, 2012

In an opinion post, a teacher writes: "With the new Common Core standards, I don’t see the fundamental shift in education that I had hoped for and expected from the impact of new media. Indeed, there’s nothing inherent in the Common Core that requires teaching to shift away from traditional teacher-dominated lessons."

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Hope for a Bergtraum Comeback Is Far Away, in Student Homes

Friday, March 16, 2012

A teacher and union leader at Murry Bergtraum High School says breaking down community schools and replacing them with small boutique schools has left Bergtraum with too many students who are there by default. "The results were a changed academic and social demographic," he writes -- and the school's consequential designation by a tabloid as "Worst High School in NY." But he has a proposal to turn things around.

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