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  • NYC Educators Meet TED | Teaching Matters
    The conference will be held on Saturday March 5 2011 at The New York Academy of Sciences In an effort to increase the presence of urban educators at TEDxNYED Teaching Matters offered fellowships to 10 New York City educators to participate in what promises to be a engaging and informative event Attendees will hear from world renowned educators including Will Richardson author of Blogs Wikis Podcasts and Other Powerful Web

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  • Rohatyn Prize Nominations | Teaching Matters
    nominate yourself or an innovative principal you know Nominated principals who meet the basic criteria will receive a link to the complete application via email Final applications will be accepted between March 15 2011 and April 15 2011 Our panel of judges will review the applications and select ten finalists for the Rohatyn Prize In late spring we ll announce the Top Ten and open up online voting to the

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/rohatyn-prize-nominations (2016-02-13)
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  • Recommended Reading: "Teaching Digital Natives" | Teaching Matters
    consultant and game designer Marc Prensky outlines strategies for engaging students in the classroom and making technologically saavy students partners in their own learning In Chapter 2 Moving to a Partnering Pedagogy Prensky highlights Teaching Matters Voices and Choices curriculum as an exemplary model designed to meet the needs of the 21 st century classroom Guided structured or scaffolded partnering is practiced by many teachers who do project or inquiry based learning with students considered to be at risk One group that helps many teachers do guided partnering is a New York City organization called Teaching Matters www Teachingmatters org They offer packaged solutions in the form of fully designed partnering projects on a variety of topics Their designs include not only guiding questions but also activities for the student to do in order to answer those questions They also scaffold carefully the role of the teacher An example is a partnering project on civil rights see http rights teachingmatters org The project takes students from a guiding question asking them to define civil rights through the following five steps Understand Injustice Study Methods of Action Describe a Movement Create a Campaign and Make a Difference Specific links to resources

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  • 2011 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation | Teaching Matters
    by admin on Tue 01 11 2011 2 05pm Are you an innovative school leader Does your curriculum strike a balance between core academic and 21st century skills Is your school pioneering new strategies for collaboration and assessment Would you like additional resources to support your vision If so Teaching Matters wants to hear from you Beginning March 1 2011 Teaching Matters will accept nominations for The Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation The winner of The Rohatyn Prize will receive a one time award of 15 000 to support sustain or further an innovative school learning environment program or practice that has the potential to be replicated by other schools Applicants can self nominate or be nominated by a colleague Submissions may focus on any of the five categories addressed in Teaching Matters Rubric for School Innovation The Rohatyn Prize was created to recognize and support the efforts of our principals Teaching Matters values the work school leaders do and we want to ensure that other educators know about and learn from these successful innovations We look forward to announcing the winner in July 2011 at our annual summer Principals Forum For more details please visit http teachingmatters org

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  • Voices and Choices Institute: 1-12-2011 | Teaching Matters
    01 10 2011 10 02am Voices and Choices Teacher Institute Wednesday January 12 2011 8 30 AM 3 00 PM 475 Riverside Drive New York NY 10115 http actevarsvp com event a0j70000000Bn4r Voices and Choices is a three unit series exploring the role of civics and active citizenship in a democracy The units are designed to complement sixth seventh and eighth grade middle school curricula in social studies This free one day teacher institute is open to all educators interested in implementing one of the Voices and Choices units and participating in a city wide culminating event Click here to register The sixth grade unit Democracy in Ancient Greece focuses on democracy and citizenship within the context of the western world s first democracy in ancient Athens The seventh grade unit Constitution Today focuses on current issues of public debate relating to the Constitution of the United States The eighth grade unit The Evolution of Civil Rights focuses on the expansion of civil rights and democracy throughout US history Teaching Matters also hosts city wide student events for Consitution Today and Civil Rights to celebrate student work and achievement Find out about these events and learn all that the units

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  • Four Questions for Karen Mapp | Teaching Matters
    schools say to parents You re not doing your part and parents say to schools I don t feel welcome What we need is a shared responsibility paradigm designed to build capacity among parents and practitioners so both sides will gain from the relationship TM How can schools best support students who do not come from nurturing home environments KM The first thing I question is how do we know how do we assess the level of parental involvement in the home A few years ago Dr Gerardo Lopez did a study on the role parent involvement plays in supporting children s educational development The study focused on the children of migrant families in Texas Most of the families did not attend school functions or participate in the PTA things we traditionally think of as family involvement However their children were considered successful in school What Lopez found was that these parents often brought their children to the fields to work alongside them The parents instilled in their children a work ethic and an understanding that without a good education they would end up doing the same type of work So while the school may have thought the families weren t involved the parents were actually engaged in their children s education in interesting and positive ways For children who lack support at home schools can provide supports through partnerships with community based organizations full service initiatives mentors healthcare mental health and portfolio services The question becomes what kind of information can we give families so they can create a home environment where education is a priority How can we give families in overwhelming circumstances the tools they need to grow and learn TM You ve mentioned the need for effective partnerships between schools families and communities what are some of the first steps schools can take to build strengthen and maintain partnerships with families and communities KM Leadership has to be there I always enjoy doing work with principals They are charged with steering the ship to success and maintaining the fidelity of initiatives They have to talk the talk of family engagement and walk the walk Principals must let staff know this is an important priority it s not just something nice to do out of obligation In Organizing Schools for Improvement Lessons from Chicago Tony Bryk identifies five essential supports to transform a school Parent and community ties are one of these essential supports Elevating the role of our families is a necessary ingredient in the recipe of school improvement Schools can start with a baseline assessment There is a tool in the book called the Welcoming Walkthrough which allows schools to see where they are on some basic indicators The research says family engagement must be linked to student learning If the school s reform strategy is around literacy then the family engagement strategy should focus on the same Family night and open house night are opportunities to help build parents capacity to support their children

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  • Live Stream Wednesday at 4:00PM - Connecting Schools and Families: A Conversation with Karen Mapp | Teaching Matters
    Wednesday December 8 2010 at 4 00PM for a live stream of our Special Principal s Forum Connecting Schools and Families A Conversation with Karen Mapp Karen Mapp Director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will guide us in strategizing new ways to foster a home school connection focused on student success The session will draw on Dr Mapp s acclaimed book

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  • NYC Connected Learning: Creating the Digital Village in Urban America | Teaching Matters
    a key factor in extending learning time Much of kids extended learning time is not school driven Young people are online starting non profits posting to forums composing music and writing collaboratively in addition to socializing and sharing music These are all learning events For most American school children the ascendancy of mobile computing and the evolution of Web 2 0 has provided a vast array of learning tools which render old forms of classroom instruction quaint by comparison Kids are learning The question is what and from whom But the digital revolution has not expanded every child s access equally Even as broadband adoption accelerates the digital divide persists and many talk about digital exclusion A recent analysis by the Commerce Department noted that 94 1 percent of households with income exceeding 100 000 subscribed to broadband in 2009 compared with 35 8 percent of households with income of less than 25 000 More than 600 000 New York City households still do not have broadband internet connection The education gap mirrors the income gap in terms of broadband adoption The same study notes that 84 5 percent of households with at least one college degree subscribed to broadband last year compared with 28 8 percent of households without a high school degree Lack of access begets more lack of access What is the disadvantage to these have not children in terms of their education What are the economic social and educational costs to entire families It s safe to assume that the learning gap tied to socioeconomic status can only widen given these conditions Enter the New York City Connected Learning Project a broadband adoption project conceived by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Funded through the Recovery Act by Commerce Department grant NYC Connected Learning aims to place 20 000 desktop computers with broadband access in the homes of low income 6th graders throughout the city over the next two years 72 high needs schools in all 5 boroughs are participating The project is structured on the knowledge that simply placing connected computers in the home is not a transformational strategy Project partners are providing a host of support services which wrap around the home computer placement Computers for Youth CFY which supplies the computers preloads them with a suite of over 50 learning programs and tools called their Home Learning Center In order for families to take the computer home parents and their student must attend a Family Learning Workshop where they train together on how the computer works and how to use the software to enhance learning Common Sense Media is providing families guidance on selecting appropriate online content for their students and offering schools a digital citizenship curriculum which teaches kids how to be safe responsible and savvy navigators of the online world MOUSE is setting up student tech squads in participating schools to help support school infrastructure and to teach kids the technical side of 21st century skills The City University

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