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.''
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
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.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 23, 2012
By Chris Palmer
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.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
By Tim Clifford
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.
Friday, April 13, 2012
By Beth Fertig
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
By Rami Vamos
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.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By Jamie Fidler
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."
Thursday, March 15, 2012
By Beth Fertig
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has fired or removed eight school employees after a recent review of employees with substantiated cases of misconduct on file.
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.
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.
Monday, March 05, 2012
By Laura Klein
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.
Friday, February 24, 2012
By Maria Newman
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.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
By Jodi Rudoren
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.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
By Beth Fertig
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.