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Stephen Lazar

Stephen Lazar is a co-founder of Harvest Collegiate High School in Manhattan, where he teaches social studies and English. Previously, he taught at a high school in Brooklyn and was the UFT chapter leader at the Bronx Lab School. He is committed to progressive education and writes a blog stephenlazar.com. Follow him @SLazarOtC on Twitter.

Stephen Lazar appears in the following:

Should Program to Reward Teachers Include More Hours and Students?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A high school teacher writes: "Before we discuss extending school days and years, I would rather examine how to better use the time we have. I have seen far too many teachers and schools make the mistake of saying, 'we need to do more,' when in reality they need to do less better."

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In New Federal Program to Reward Teachers, Flawed Assumptions

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A social studies and English teacher in Brooklyn had an early look at a $5 billion federal grant program called Project Respect, whose goal will be, as Education Secretary Arne Duncan put it, "to make teaching not only America's most important profession, but also America's most respected profession." But, the teacher writes, while the goal is good, some of the assumptions are wrong -- especially those having to do with assessing good teaching and effective leaders.

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Bravo for Common Core, but What About the Tests?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Many social studies teachers learning how to put the Common Core curriculum standards into their teaching welcome the chance to help students learn how to think critically and analyze, but they worry how this will affect their ability to prep students for the Regents.

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In Creating Successful Schools, One Size Does Not Fit All

Thursday, January 05, 2012

A teacher who taught at the Bronx Lab School, a jewel in former Chancellor Joel I. Klein's small school movement, says his views on what works and what does not have changed over the years. Now, he says, he strives for good and sustainable, rather than great and unique.

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If I Don't Grade My Students' Regents Exams, Who Will?

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Board of Regents recently decided to ban teachers from scoring their own students’ state exams. To any outsider, this seems like a simple decision. However, it is actually a reactionary decision that will hurt a large number of students, one teacher says.

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