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New Schedule in NYC Schools Makes Time for Teaching the Teachers

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New York City teachers will spend more time learning from each other and less time in the classroom. Can 150 minutes a week make a real difference to teachers and their students?
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NYC Teachers Sharpen Digital Tools for the Classroom

Monday, July 21, 2014

It may be vacation season but hundreds of New York City teachers are spending their summer days brushing up on the latest technology tools for the classroom.

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New Workday Rules Focus On Teacher Planning and Prep

Friday, June 13, 2014

The city and teachers union are betting that additional time set aside for teachers to hone their craft and work collaboratively will pay off for students.

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Extra Help for Middle Schools Gains Traction

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Department of Education selected 49 under-performing middle schools to receive both literacy training and thousands of dollars in materials. The goal? Bring students up to grade level in reading. While the program generally gets good marks, advocates say the effort is too limited, and comes too late in the Bloomberg tenure.

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Effective Teacher Training: Worth the Cost

Monday, January 21, 2013

A school principal sings the praises of one teacher training program, the urban teacher residency, arguing it should serve as a model for a statewide teacher training system.

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College STEM Students Offer Hands-On Mentoring

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

College students from the New York Institute of Technology volunteered at a Harlem elementary school this fall as a kind of in-house tech squad, and resident experts for science classes.

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Questions Lead Way in One School's Teacher Training

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It would be unsurprising if this parochial school had a poor academic track record. None of the teachers went to college. All the students speak Yiddish as their first language. The vast majority of the students are extremely poor. Yet for the past decade the principal has coaxed excellence out of both students and teachers.

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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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Practice Provides Key To Better Teaching

Friday, October 12, 2012

Comparing teaching to performing, this educator and author prescribes a simple way to help teachers improve their work -- require them to spend time away from students practicing their craft.

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Teachers Share 'Lament' About the Next Thing

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Schoolbook contributor Arthur Goldstein's acerbic commentary on facing a new innovation at the start of every school year apparently is shared by many in the teaching profession. Teachers from all over the country echoed his frustration in an outpouring of online comments, and they are still streaming in.

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A Teacher's Lament: The Next Big Thing

Friday, September 14, 2012

One teacher is weary - and wary - of the annual presentation of new ideas.

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Summer Brings Pleasure of Learning Back to Some Teachers

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer may look like a big vacation perk for teachers, but many educators spend July and August teaching summer classes. They also plan for the year ahead. And still others use the time to be students again.

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Multiple Choices for What Makes Up the Last Week of School

Monday, June 25, 2012

It's an odd end to the school year for many students. Since there were no snow days this year, the Education Department is allowing more than 650 schools to cancel classes Monday and Tuesday to allow for professional development for teachers. But students need to show up for a half day on Wednesday to pick up their report cards.

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How an Australian Company Won the Top Spot in Teacher Training

Friday, June 22, 2012

A decade ago, Australia nearly topped the charts when it came to teaching children to read. Although Australia has fallen in more recent international rankings, its reputation has helped one company dominate the New York City market in on-the-job teacher training. The company, known as AUSSIE, is a leading example of how the push to provide improved training for teachers has turned into a multimillion dollar enterprise.

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Sitting on the Other Side of the Desk

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Teachers training teachers is a common practice at Urban Assembly, a public school in the South Bronx. Teachers almost always complete tasks such as lesson planning and curriculum development collaboratively and under the guidance of “team leaders,” typically more experienced teachers who have previously taught the class they are team leading. A Columbia journalism student sits in.

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A 12-Year-Old Hangs Himself, and His Family Says He Was Bullied

Friday, June 01, 2012

Students and parents said on Thursday that Joel Morales was bullied in his East Harlem neighborhood and at school before he hanged himself on Tuesday in his apartment.

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Teacher Training Programs Lack Oversight

Friday, June 01, 2012

With the spotlight on teacher performance, we take a closer look at the world of professional development which is supposed to help teachers improve and stay on top of their game.

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Where Math Teachers Go to Get Energized

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Students can tell when a teacher is excited by what they're teaching. But sometimes, especially with only three months left in the year, excitement can be hard to come by. For some New York City math teachers, an after-school math class gives them the jolt they need to stay inspired.

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Union Calls on Speaker Silver to Save the Teacher Centers

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New York City's teachers' union is calling on state lawmakers to restore money for teacher centers, which function as the training and development arm of some city schools. Although the program received $20.4 million last year, discussion of its future has been absent from this spring's budget negotiations.

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A New Year, a New Chance to Help Teachers Teach

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

At the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn, a principal welcomes the new school year and the Common Core State Standards, which he says will allow teachers to focus on what they teach, rather than on testing and accountability. Also coming to his school: a new experiment to provide teachers with more feedback about how to teach.

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