I attended a very large NYC public high school. And by large I don’t mean the physical building – though that was a pretty big WPA era monolith – I mean that 2400 hundred kids were shoved into a building probably built to accommodate a population half that size. So we did what so many […]Read More Sleepless In America: Are we raising a generation of sleep deprived kids?
A lot of local media press is swirling around the new social media guide put out by the NYC Department of Education this week. At first glance that sounds great. Administration is stepping in to help kids navigate social media, provide tips and guidance and empower kids to make smarter choices online – or so […]Read More NYC Department of Education Releases a Social Media Guide for Students That Says…Nothing?
Today I read an article in Education Week summarizing some of the “mind-blowing” professional development tips given to elementary school principals at The National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference. These lessons in how to integrate and open up their classrooms to tech were dished out from a professional developer named Alan November of November Learning. […]Read More Twitter is NOT for 1st Graders – and other things teachers should know
I found this card in my 5th Grade daughter’s backpack yesterday. It’s a good luck card from her kindergarten book buddy wishing her well on the New York State standardized tests – all 6 days of them. It’s so sweet, but also so sad to me that even the kindergarteners know that testing is happening […]Read More It’s Testing Time in NYC!
As someone who has invested way too many hours in my daughters’ NYC public school and education issues beyond those four walls, I have come to realize that the worst thing educators and administrators can do is look at various subjects – math, literacy, science, art, music, gym, social studies – as isolated fields of […]Read More Supporting Art in Schools with Blick Art Room Aid
As New York City 10 year-olds my girls have taken a huge range of after school classes. From sports to cooking, arts to performing, we’ve covered pretty much every venue on the Upper West Side. I’ve found that some classes are harder to do well than others, cooking for example is often nothing more than […]Read More My Daughters are Film Makers – Take Two Film Academy and What Makes a Great After School Class
As most of my readers know I am deeply involved in education advocacy and issues. One of my favorite topics is the importance and role of arts education in our schools. I actually think that art can and should be integrated into all curriculum areas – and that art can help illuminate concepts from math […]Read More Support the Arts in Schools with Blick- an Artsy Twitter Party
This week I went to a screening of Won’t Back Down starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The movie is about a mom and a teacher who band together and use the Parent Trigger law (which is never mentioned by name) to take over and turn around a failing elementary school in Pittsburgh. The film […]Read More Won’t Back Down Movie Review: My (ex) PTA President’s Point of View
This past Sunday The New York Times published an article, Way Beyond Bakesales: The $1 Million Dollar PTA, and my Co-President and I were featured in front of the PS 87 mural. We’ve been waiting to see how this article would shape up since we gave Kyle Spencer a tour of our school a few […]Read More Million Dollar PTAs – It’s Not All About the Money
The education reform debate in the US focuses on testing, achievement measurements, teacher evaluations and data driven discussions that often miss the one major point – our education “problem” is a class and equality problem. If we dig down deeper into the causes and obstacles facing many of our students poverty is more often than […]Read More Educate to Eradicate Poverty – ONE.org 12 Days of Change Campaign