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Aug
26

I am an elementary school educator, and I embrace critical race theory.

From Chalkbeat: My lessons center on my students’ lives and stories. As a new teacher in Arizona 20 years ago, I found myself in the middle of a campaign against bilingual education. Arizona voters had recently passed Proposition 203 restricting bilingual education and English as a Second Language instruction, as it was called then, following […]

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Aug
12

My students thrived last year because they weren’t policed (The COVID era showed us why punitive policies don’t work

From Chalkbeat: A couple of years back, one of my students, a fifth grader, had an emotional outburst that led him to leave the classroom and run around the school. There was no plan in place for how we, as teachers and administrators, would handle a crisis like this.  It ended with adults chasing the […]

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Jun
30

‘How do we rebuild a sense of community?’ A Brooklyn school seeks to find joy and connection after a devastating year

From Chalkbeat: Milagros Reyes’s husband was in the first wave of New Yorkers to succumb to the coronavirus, taking his last breath in their East New York apartment. His death in April 2020 left Reyes alone with her two children, ages 3 and 10. Reyes called 911 to retrieve her husband’s body, which was quarantined […]

By John Russo | Blog . Early Childhood . news
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Jun
30

New York City’s long and winding school year ends on a full day for most students

From Chalkbeat: The year is ending the way it started: with confusion. Friday marks the end of this year’s wild ride of a school year for the nation’s largest system, and unlike previous years, it will be a “full” day of school, rather than a half day, education department officials confirmed this week. Several educators […]

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Jun
30

COVID rates are down, but some Bronx parents are not ready for in-person learning

From Chalkbeat: For the first time in almost a decade, Bronx mom Lourdes Jibodh did not receive a letter from her son’s school saying that his promotion to the next grade level was in doubt. Instead, her 17-year-old son Christian Camacho has been performing well academically while learning online during the pandemic. The junior at […]

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Apr
15

NYC to pay $500 to nearly 1,000 parents to address mental health needs at their schools

Chalkbeat has this story about a move that looks to support mental health in school communities: The education department is launching a training program next month for parents, paying them $500 to become “wellness ambassadors” addressing mental health needs in their school communities. The initiative will pay the stipend to parent leaders from roughly 950 […]

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