Archives for April, 2016

Apr
30

Job Opening – SAGE instructor

Job Description: The Sage Colleges Doctor of Education Program Albany/Troy, New York FACULTY POSITION FOR NEW YORK CITY PROGRAM The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges invites applications for a full-time faculty position effective summer 2016. The position includes teaching, dissertation supervision and student recruitment and […]

By John Russo | Job Posting
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Apr
27

Alaska School Testing Crisis

Alaska just cancelled its federally mandated school testing for 2016.  Why?  Because a severed fiber optic cable in Kansas created chaos and unreliable tests.  The severed cable meant that when students paused, their computers took them back to the start of the test, and only 4% finished the science portion and only 5% finished the […]

By Jared Gellert | news
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Apr
25

Passover and Pedagogy

There is a really interesting piece by someone who is not Jewish about the Passover seder and the thoughts it stimulated for her about her own pedagogy.  I lead seders every year and there are some things that happened at this seder that I will incorporate (though spending four hours isn’t on the table). One […]

By Jared Gellert | Best Practices
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Apr
18

What do Great Principals Do?

Teachers should not feel alone.  That’s the premise of this great piece from WNYC. It’s also the core of readings in our SBL courses 505 and 590.  In the WNYC piece, David O’Hara argues that great principals do three key things: provide time for teachers to collaborate empower teachers to own their professional development build […]

By John Russo | Administration . Best Practices
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Apr
13

New Members of Board of Regents

The state legislature has two vacant positions to fill on the Board of Regents.  And, miracle of miracles, they think that classroom experience or its lack is actually relevant.  Money quote: “the special emphasis [on classroom experience] reflects legislators’ concerns about the recent backlash in much of the state against state testing, teacher evaluations, and […]

By Jared Gellert | news
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Apr
12

Alumni Success – Director of Early Childhood, District 11

Deborah L. Alford is the District 11 Director of Early Childhood Education. Before that, she worked at The James Mc Cune Smith Community School 200, in Harlem, as a Testing Coordinator, Pre-K Supervisor, AIS Liaison, Saturday Academy Instructor for the English Language Learners (ELLS), and Early Childhood Specialist. Deborah graduated in 2008 from Cohort 18 in our […]

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Apr
11

Standardized Testing – Surprising Case Study

Jamaal Bowman is a middle school principle in the Bronx’s district 11 with a 99% black and Hispanic population and students who are academically struggling.  While they outperform the district as a whole on standardized testing, they underperform relative to city averages with only 23% on grade level for English and 25% for Math. He’s […]

By Jared Gellert | news
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Apr
08

Learning Partners Program

Patricia King is the principal of M.S. 267 Math Science & Technology Institute in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In this post from Chalkbeat she paints a picture of school collaboration as a challenging and rewarding relationship. Her host school is the School for Global Leaders, under Principal Carry Chan, from whom she learned strategies including data tracking, to […]

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