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Apr
15

NYC promises 2,000 additional teachers to address shortage. Principals union says that falls ‘woefully short

City officials promised Monday to scrounge up an additional 2,000 teachers to help fill staffing shortages plaguing the city’s partial school reopening plan — but critics say the influx of staffers will barely scratch the surface of the personnel crunch. “The 2,000 additional teachers the Mayor referenced in his press conference today is woefully short […]

By John Russo | New Teacher . news
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Mar
29

What is the path forward for New York City schools? Mayoral hopefuls weigh in.

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of having students return to classrooms full time, while also offering an all-remote option, next school year feels like a big question mark. The challenges ahead are immense and will fall largely on the shoulders of New York City’s next mayor. Though the new chief executive won’t take office […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Mar
29

They were targets of racist remarks. Now, these NYC students want to talk about Asian American history — and hate.

For New York City high school students Amanda Chen and Joyce Jiang, the recent mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent, was more heartbreaking than surprising. The teens have been painfully aware of the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year. Across the five boroughs, […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Mar
26

Easing the 6-foot distancing rule could bring more NYC students back to campuses this year

About 70% of New York City students are learning from home full-time. Parents may get another chance this school year to opt their children into in-person schooling, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. De Blasio did not reveal dates for a possible opt-in period, but said that any relaxation of physical distancing guidelines from the […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Mar
26

This NYC bilingual educator shares what it means to teach for ‘equity, not equality

“Much of teaching a new language happens in the small moments: in the chatter among peers, in asking to use the bathroom. This year, with New York City public schools shuttered so frequently due to coronavirus cases, students had far fewer opportunities for these casual conversations and questions, said Rebecca Quiñones, a second grade dual-language […]

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Mar
26

NYC gave thousands of students iPads. For English learners, those devices have not been up to the task

“We’re watching our students struggle with technology not designed to help them learn. We teach high school English to new immigrants in the South Bronx. During our online classes, we notice our students multitasking to survive this pandemic.  We see them providing child care for younger siblings, and we hear them working jobs to help […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Mar
26

Coaxing NYC students back to classrooms: wins and struggles at one Bronx high school

When New York City high schools reopen on Monday for the first time in four months, the hallways at Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical High School will not be as crowded as they usually are. But they will be more bustling than many other city high schools. In a typical year, Smith welcomes just […]

By John Russo | Academic . Blog . news
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Mar
17

Pandemic Teacher Shortages Imperil In-Person Schooling 

The nation’s schools need thousands of more teachers, full-time and substitute, to keep classrooms open. “As exposure to the coronavirus forced thousands of teachers across the United States to stay home and quarantine this winter, administrators in the Washoe County School District, which serves 62,000 students in western Nevada, pulled out all the stops to […]

By John Russo | New Teacher
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