Educational Policy

Sep
12

NYC Wants More Teachers With TESOL Experience

NYC is looking for more teachers with TESOL certification, due to problematic teacher numbers for students who are English Language Learners. It’s clear that immigrant populations face challenges in schools, navigating cultural difference, lack of opportunity, and often language barriers. In school, language often is the largest obstacle. It hurts both learning and socializing. The […]

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Feb
05

Brooklyn Families Adjust to Middle School Admissions Process

Applying to a school, any school, can be daunting to both parent and child. Grades, tests, attendance records, interviews, all factors that can determine a child’s trajectory. Or do they? Following approval of a diversity plan that has done away with all of the above, School District 15 is instead asking, “what will this do to help […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy . news
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Jan
29

The Renewal School program is coming to an end. What now?

As many know, The Renewal School program that was started in 2014 is coming to a close after spending nearly $750 million dollars on “community schools” throughout NYC. Chalkbeat wrote an interesting piece on the intricacies surrounding the history of The Renewal Program, as well as identifying the larger issue: even with the program coming […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy . news
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Oct
15

New Teacher Contract 2018

Chalkbeat is reporting details on a new contract deal for NYC Teachers here: https://ny.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2018/10/12/new-york-city-teacher-salary-scale-2019-2022/ From Chalkbeat:  The 2019-2022 contract, announced four months before the current one is due to expire, includes annual raises of 2, 2.5, and 3 percent. Teachers have criticized the increases as insufficient to keep up with rising living costs. The Chalkbeat article […]

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May
04

Bilingual Expansion in NYC Schools

The always excellent Chalkbeat has an article out about the mayor and chancellor’s bilingual initiative. The article talks about the expansion to better serve students who are learning English, and highlights the fact that there is a real need to qualified teachers in these areas. CITE is proud to offer both a TESOL Master’s Degree […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy
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May
03

Can Emotional Intelligence count towards Graduation?

There’s a debate about a move towards an alternative to the full regents requirement to graduate high school.  This movement substitutes a work readiness credential in place of one, but only one,  of the five regents a student is required to pass to get a HS diploma.  The credential can be satisfied by a multiple […]

By Jared Gellert | Educational Policy . news
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Apr
06

Dual Language Program Expansion

In the beginning of 2015, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced this new citywide initiative expanding Dual Language programs across the city. The 40 dual language programs together will receive $1 million in federal funds from Title III Language Instruction for Limited Proficient and Immigrant Students (LEP). Each school will receive a $25,000 planning grant to implement its […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy . news
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Mar
10

NYC Teacher Shortage Looms

The media is starting to understand that there will be a teacher shortage, given how the current group of teachers skews older, enrollments in teacher training programs are declining precipitously, and people interested in teaching are turned off by the extent of testing.  This article from Politico NY posits that it’s time to take a look […]

By Jared Gellert | Educational Policy . news
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