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TFA Did Not Teach Lesson Planning At The Summer Institute

Over the past 30 years I’ve thought a lot about teaching and teacher training. I’ve worked as a trainer for TFA and also for The New York City Teaching Fellows. Many of the teachers I trained, I’m happy to say, … Continue reading

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Is Math The Emperor’s New Subject?

Most people probably suspect that students spend too many hours learning Math in school. From Kindergarten through twelfth grade, it seems that most students learn some Math pretty much every day. The same can’t be said of other things like … Continue reading

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KIPP Orchestra Leader Arrested For Sexual Abuse Charges From His Years at KIPP

Today the US Attorney’s office for the southern district tweeted this: The description of the charges gets pretty graphic so I will not quote it all here, but part of it says: From at least in or about 2002 through … Continue reading

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The First Rule Of The TFA Institute Is You Don’t Talk About The TFA Institute

Since my own TFA training thirty years ago in the summer of 1991, I have spent as much time as anyone thinking about what the best advice is for new teachers — particularly new teachers in short term training programs … Continue reading

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Questions about the specialized high school admissions process from a specialized high school teacher. Final Part “What was the goal of these posts?”

About six weeks ago I began a project that I had been putting off for several years. As a blogger who has opinions on pretty much everything related to education I felt like my failure to write about this topic … Continue reading

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Questions about the specialized high school admissions process from a specialized high school teacher. Part 13 “Are there too many Asian students at the specialized high schools?”

Are there too many Jews in Hollywood? Are there too many transgender people in the military? Are the too many Latino baseball players? Are there too many Asian students at the New York City specialized high schools? Did you answer … Continue reading

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Questions about the specialized high school admissions process from a specialized high school teacher. Part 12 “Is the 7% plan feasible?”

On June 3, 2018 Mayor Bill de Blasio and then schools chancellor Richard Carranza introduced a plan for an alternative to using the SHSAT for selective high school admissions. Known to some as “The 7% plan” the idea is to … Continue reading

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Questions about the specialized high school admissions process from a specialized high school teacher. Part 11 “What other factors should be considered in the specialized high school admissions process?”

Currently the only factor to determine admissions to the New York City specialized high schools is a 114 question mainly multiple choice question about math and reading. Out of 100,000 8th graders — 25,000 who take the SHSAT test — … Continue reading

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Questions about the specialized high school admissions process from a specialized high school teacher. Part 10 “What happens to high performing students who are not admitted to a specialized high school?”

I’ve been following and participating in debates about education politics for about ten years. In an oversimplified way the two ‘sides’ of the debate are the ‘public education advocates’ and the ‘corporate reformers’. The ‘reformers’ hit a peak of popularity … Continue reading

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Questions about the specialized high school admissions process from a specialized high school teacher. Part 9 “How many specialized high schools should there be?”

There are currently eight specialized high school in New York City. Out of the total 100,000 8th graders in the New York City school system about 25,000 take the SHSAT — the sole criteria for admissions — around 5,000 offers … Continue reading

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