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NYC Chancellor Shakes Up School Superintendents

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chancellor Carmen Fariña fulfilled her pledged to strengthen the role of school superintendents, the principals' bosses, by filling seven vacancies and replacing eight others.
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Principals Union Sees Back Pay as Stumbling Block in Contract Talks

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The union representing New York's principals claimed the city is unfairly trying to squeeze its members out of raises they're entitled to from when they worked as teachers.
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What it Really Takes to Evaluate an NYC Teacher

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How do you judge whether a teacher is doing a good job? City principals are now following the state's new formula, which puts a lot of weight on classroom observations plus student test scores. Watching one evaluation in action, we saw just how complicated it can be.

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On Teachers in Limbo, Contract Satisfies Few

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are more than one thousand New York City teachers rotating weekly to different schools because they don't have a permanent position. The union contract takes a crack at a solution. 

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Chancellor To Principals: Experience Matters

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In yet another break from the previous administration's education policies, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that those aspiring to become city principals will need at least seven years of experience. Previously, under Michael Bloomberg's administration, some educators with just three years' experience could fast-track their way to principal.

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Principals Debate Utility of School Grades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Principals across the city said they were eager to see how a new mayor would approach grading schools and supporting those that are struggling.

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Thompson Supporters Cite His Savviness as Board of Ed President

Friday, August 23, 2013

In 2002, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson was president of the BOE, and powerful players in the education world, including the teachers union, say they're supporting him now largely because of the political savvy he demonstrated

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Principals Carry Weight of New Evaluation System

Friday, July 19, 2013

Among the many duties of already overloaded school principals, who say they feel pressure to show results to a data-driven Department of Education, is the implementation of a complex teacher evaluation system coming to all the New York City schools this fall.

"They keep changing the music and we keep dancing," said Brian DeVale, principal of P.S. 257 John F. Hylan in Brooklyn.

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Principals: Test Scores Should Play Small Part in Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ICYMI: Three principals joined WNYC's Brian Lehrer for a wide-ranging conversation about how they managed their schools and how big changes like Common Core and teacher evaluations affected them. Take a listen and share your thoughts.

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Principals' Roundtable

Monday, February 18, 2013

Alison Hazut, principal of The Earth School, an East Village elementary school, and Rashid Davis, founding principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, a collaboration of NYC DOE, IBM, and CUNY, and Dr.Sean Feeney, principal of The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York, talk about the issues facing school principals, including evaluations and budgets.

 

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Bringing Business Skills to a School's Front Office

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

In the latest installment of the Principal's Office series, SchoolBook talked with Dominick D’Angelo, who has led I.S. 228, on Avenue S in Brooklyn's Gravesend neighborhood, with a business mindset, a byproduct of his earlier career on Wall Street.

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Deadline Fast Approaching on Teacher Evaluation Deal

Thursday, November 29, 2012

With $300 million in state funds on the line, the January deadline for reaching a teacher evaluation agreement in New York City looms large. The United Federation of Teachers and education officials agreed to a framework long ago. Now it's down to the excruciating details of how to make it work.

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VIDEO: Forum on School Leadership

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Schoolbook carried video coverage of a WNET-sponsored forum on school leadership moderated by SchoolBook's own Beth Fertig. School principals, experts and Tweed officials weighed in on what it takes to lead a successful school.

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School Support Networks More Responsive Than Ever

Monday, October 22, 2012

The city's chief academic officer says school support networks have improved dramatically in the last few years while saving the city money. Ahead of this week's City Council hearing on the topic, he says the networks let principals choose their peer groups and give them one place to go for answers on a variety of topics.

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Kate Burch: Every Student is an Intellectual

Friday, September 07, 2012

In Principal’s Office, a regular feature of SchoolBook, a city school principal is interviewed for insights into school management and the life of a school leader. Today, Kate Burch shares her experience starting a new school that she hopes offers academic rigor within a nurturing school community.

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Principals: How Are You Preparing For the Start of a New Year?

Monday, August 27, 2012

New York City school principals are back at work this week to prepare for the start of a new school year September 6th. They have a lot on their plates, because of several new reforms. SchoolBook wants to hear from principals on how they're getting ready for school, so don't be shy. Let us know what you're doing.

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Nadav Zeimer: Experiments Need Time to Work

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Principal Nadav Zeimer said he is feeling in the spotlight since his school was removed from the turnaround list last year. He wants to prove to city officials that the decision was the right one, and that his transfer students can succeed despite difficult life circumstances.

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Group Claims Best Teachers Are Given Short Shrift

Monday, July 30, 2012

Schools aren't doing enough to encourage their best teachers to stay, and wind up retaining too many below-average teachers, according to a new study that looked at teacher quality in New York City and three other urban districts.

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Principal Grapples With Turnaround Aftermath

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A middle school principal is trying to keep morale high while working through the on-the-ground implications of the recent court ruling that halted the city's turnaround plans at her school and 23 others.

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Deirdre DeAngelis-D'Alessio: Leading Is an 'Us' Business

Monday, June 11, 2012

In the latest Principal's Office interview, the principal of New Dorp High School on Staten Island says her large high school is working for her students -- and can be a model to help preserve other large high schools in the city. "There are advantages to small schools for a certain kind of kid, but there’s something about the community of a large school that you can’t replace," she says.

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