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Remembering a Murrow H.S. Student Named Adam Yauch

Thursday, May 10, 2012

When Adam Yauch, one of the founding members of the Beastie Boys, died of cancer last week, one of the people who mourned him was his English teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School, who recalled him "writing from the heart.'' She says to teachers: "We can never know which of our students will bring about the next revolution or create the next new idea and inspire a generation.''

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Educators Debate Boundary Between School and Life

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Using everyday experiences and current events helps students master classroom material, especially if they feel emotionally connected to the issue, educators said at Tuesday's SchoolBook co-sponsored event at WNYC's Greene Space. Here are other take-aways, as well as links to valuable resources, to help teachers incorporate real life into their lessons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: How Much Do Teachers Retire With?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Jennifer Cohen, senior policy analyst with the ed policy program at the New America Foundation and Phillisa Cramer, reporter with Gotham Schools, discuss how teacher salaries vary and what that means for their assets in retirement.  

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Schoolbook

Settlement of CityTime Scandal Will Pay for Teachers

Friday, May 04, 2012

The annual city budget tug-of-war has begun. While the City Council, which must approve the budget, is happy that the mayor will use $466 million from the CityTime scandal to hire 2,570 more teachers, forces are amassing to restore millions of city dollars that have provided after-school and child care services.

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Mayor's New Budget Protects Teaching Jobs

Thursday, May 03, 2012

There is good news for city schools in the executive budget that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will unveil on Thursday, Gotham Schools reports. As Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott had promised, the budget will not include cuts to schools, relieving fears that as many as 2,500 teaching positions would be lost to attrition.

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New Social Media Policy Restricts Teacher-Student Contact

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

With allegations of inappropriate interactions between school staff and students on the rise -- and many of those interactions initiated on social media -- the city's Department of Education has issued new guidelines for online contact. The policy preserves the pedagogical uses of social media, but restricts personal uses.

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More Reserve Teachers Finding Permanent Jobs

Monday, April 23, 2012

The number of New York City teachers without a permanent assignment is at its lowest point in several years, solidifying the faith of city and union officials in an agreement on the teacher reserve pool implemented at the beginning of the school year.

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Dear Reformers: Teachers Are Neither Heroes Nor Zeroes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Queens English teacher writes: Dear education reformers, I humbly submit that teachers are not the Zeroes you make us out to be. Nor are we all Heroes. We rarely confront fire-breathing dragons, but we do face off against hormone-engorged adolescents. We don't pull swords from stones, but we do pull thoughtful answers from reluctant learners. And we do face off against 'poverty, hunger, discrimination, abuse, bullying and neglect. Sometimes, we even win.

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WNYC News

Explainer: How City Teachers Are Punished

Friday, April 13, 2012

The recent outcry over the arrests of several New York City teachers accused of sexual misconduct has left many parents wondering how teachers are disciplined and whether too many were allowed to keep their jobs even after complaints are lodged.

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Schoolbook

Teachers Accused of Sexual Misconduct Still Teaching

Friday, April 06, 2012

The New York Times has a disturbing report related to something that seems to be an epidemic so far this year: school staff members' sexual conduct with students. The report cites 16 cases in which teachers had inappropriate conduct with students, and in most cases are still teaching.

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Need Experienced Teachers? Here's an Idea

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The author, who began his teaching career in a New York City school before going to the suburbs, proposes a new kind of teaching fellowship that would bring veteran teachers close to retirement into failing schools, where they would work as mentors for new younger teachers. The idea could benefit the children who most need their help, he writes.

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Schoolbook

A Race Out the Door

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

UPDATED | In an opinion article, a teacher writes: "Recent policy changes send mixed messages regarding the importance of experienced teachers in the classroom. On the one hand, everyone is saying that an effective teacher is the most important factor in a child’s success. But they’re doing everything within their power to push experienced teachers out of the classroom."

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Chancellor Removes Eight Staffers After Misconduct Review

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has fired or removed eight school employees after a recent review of employees with substantiated cases of misconduct on file.

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Help for College Students Who Are Illegal Immigrants

Friday, March 09, 2012

With the Dream Act bill in limbo in Albany, the New York Immigration Foundation, with help from the Korean American Community Foundation and labor groups, and the support of the Fund for Public Advocacy, put up the money to help 10 undergraduates in the City University of New York pay their tuition. More than 100 students applied for the aid, The Times says.

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Teachers' Morale Reaches 20-Year Low

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The outpouring of reaction to the release of the teacher data reports, as well as the stream of recent articles in blogs and other publications, has provided a pretty good sense of how many teachers in New York are feeling these days: disappointed, angry, depressed, put-upon and fed up. Now comes a new survey that shows those feelings are not just held by teachers in New York -- nor by an outspoken few.

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The 'Magic' of Student-Teacher Relationships

Monday, March 05, 2012

A teacher who blogs about her experiences teaching in a Bronx middle school writes: Often teachers who pull the best out of a troubled student are considered to be transforming -- even magical. But kids who succeed because of us are not kids who have the tools to succeed in the long run. Relationships matter -- but they aren’t enough.

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Teachers React to Release of Data

Friday, February 24, 2012

Teachers throughout the city have been objecting to the public release on Friday of individual teacher performance rankings. Some listed complaints. Others wanted to explain why they got the ratings they did and to try to put them in perspective. Here are some of their comments.

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Schoolbook

Teachers: An Invitation to Respond to Your Data Report

Thursday, February 23, 2012

UPDATED | The New York Times, like other news organizations in the city and the Department of Education itself, will soon publish the teacher data reports that were the subject of a prolonged Freedom of Information effort. In SchoolBook’s spirit of conversation and community contribution, we are inviting any teacher who was rated to provide her or his response or explanation. We plan to include those responses alongside the ratings themselves, so readers can consider them together. You can find the response form in this post.

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Comments Cut to Heart of Evaluation Debate

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A sampling of concerned readers weigh in on the question of how to judge a teacher's performance in a fair and systematic way.

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Judge Orders Rehiring of Teacher

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A teacher who lost her job and exhausted her appeals process convinced a state judge that she was unfairly dismissed. The city was ordered to rehire her and to pay back wages, but it says it does not have to act yet, because it's considering an appeal.

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