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  • Charlotte-Mecklenberg | Teaching Matters
    2015 3 47pm Boosting teacher and principal performance in high needs schools is a solution to the achievement gap that s hard to fault But many urge a broader view and more resources to attack the stresses that contribute to unequal education and not incidentally make it harder to recruit and retain educators Charlotte Mecklenberg Richard Kahlenberg The School Renewal Program Sharon Rubinstein s blog Read more Comments Home About

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/category/tags/charlotte-mecklenberg (2016-02-13)
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  • Richard Kahlenberg | Teaching Matters
    2015 3 47pm Boosting teacher and principal performance in high needs schools is a solution to the achievement gap that s hard to fault But many urge a broader view and more resources to attack the stresses that contribute to unequal education and not incidentally make it harder to recruit and retain educators Charlotte Mecklenberg Richard Kahlenberg The School Renewal Program Sharon Rubinstein s blog Read more Comments Home About

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/category/tags/richard-kahlenberg (2016-02-13)
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  • Create the Right Community Conditions | Teaching Matters
    Blasio has also designated 150 million over a three year period for The School Renewal Program designed to turn around the city s 94 most challenged schools using a community school approach In gentrifying Park Slope lessening racial and economic segregation is the explicit goal at one district school Nearly 75 percent of Brooklyn Academy of Arts Letters students came from low income families eight years ago but that percentage has shrunk to below 40 percent According to Richard Kahlenberg who has been researching the issue of high poverty schools for over 20 years student success is simply too compromised in apartheid environments He was an early proponent of teasing out race from class and he urges that education policy move forward by assuring that no students attend schools with a more than 40 percent impoverished population He said The major problem with American schools is not teachers or their unions but poverty and economic segregation That s what the research suggests It s what 80 school districts around the country have come to realize In jurisdictions where a direct assault has been made on economic isolation Kahlenberg says student performance has risen dramatically For example in Wake County North Carolina efforts to disrupt segregation by wealth yielded even better results than the positive results found in Charlotte Mecklenberg after their school based programs Montgomery County Maryland offers another example where students who were sent to schools with peers from higher income families substantially increased their academic achievement However just a half hour north in Baltimore eight opportunity schools have been beating the odds with excellent student achievement in their overwhelmingly minority and poor settings Why Teachers and administrators say it s the high expectations and substantial support In New York the economic and racial divide is especially notable Gary

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/508 (2016-02-13)
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  • Sharon Rubinstein's blog | Teaching Matters
    minimum of two years of support It s like the first year you re guiding them and you re coaching them and then the second year is about them becoming really reflective of how they re doing the work Carmen Fariña Medgar Evers Read more Comments Are Teachers Incentivized to Succeed Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Wed 12 10 2014 4 14pm There s a debate about how much money matters in attracting and retaining the best teachers and administrators Marguerite Roza Richard Rothstein TIF Read more Comments Support Teachers with What They Need to Grow Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Wed 11 26 2014 9 24am Collaboration community and collective effort promote growth in a school s faculty and achievement by its students But such a supportive structure that fuels teacher excellence is built upon experience continuity and peer leadership Bisola Neil Daria Hall Teacher Effectiveness Read more Comments Educating New Teachers More Effectively Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Tue 11 11 2014 2 22pm Despite progress in recent years too many programs are characterized by low academic entrance standards a failure to incorporate research based instruction and certify that graduates have mastered their content areas and an overall

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/23?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • Teacher Leadership in the Spotlight | Teaching Matters
    be a different type of school improvement strategy Rather than top down change led by policy makers teacher leadership is a practitioner led innovation We simply can t impose or execute reforms on or for teachers they must be committed co creators At Teaching Matters we are reading Learning to Improve a recent book by Anthony Bryk and his colleagues from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Within is a roadmap for school improvement that contrasts starkly with reform efforts to date We believe it offers a research basis and support for teacher leadership It is based upon improvement science the way other fields like medicine have made dramatic sustainable progress through networks of practitioner led inquiry that look nothing like traditional ed reform Bryk and his co authors emphasize getting the active full engagement of educators to identify and hone the practices that make a difference for students Reforms often expand big ideas too quickly without due attention to developing the micro details that matter most For example doctors treating asthma achieved extraordinary gains in patient health by making simple adjustments such as distributing medication to poor families before leaving the hospital A more well known example hand washing has saved countless lives Even strong educational reform ideas such as the small schools movement have foundered not because they were weak proposals but because they were scaled nationally before practitioners had the body of knowledge required to implement them well Teacher leaders must be part of a fundamental shift in how schools and networks of practitioners learn and improve To create this change states and districts must develop new roles for teachers These roles must be skillfully woven into the structures of school leadership and organized as practitioner networks that extend beyond their classrooms and schools Having

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/536 (2016-02-13)
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  • The Middle has Spoken! | Teaching Matters
    on Sat 06 06 2009 9 33am Over 250 students from 25 New York City middle schools performed their own original poetry to an audience of their peers at Teaching Matters 3rd Annual Spoken Word Event Students performed in breakout rooms and finalists took the stage at the 92nd Street Y see photos Follow the journey of one of our finalists Aline thanks to the quick video skills of our high school event volunteers Her passionate performance of Betrayer took her through to the final six Students and teachers alike gave rave reviews to finalists and to our master guest poet Kahlil Almustafa Other finalists performances include Bronx Early College Academy Jonathan Goins I ll tell Em IS281 Kamal Abdelrahman Basketball Is Me Ryan Middle School Eden Takhalov I am like IS129 Aline Dipoumbi Betrayer PS MS004 Yelena Marmol Daughter to Mother Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Sterling Peguro Patriot Writing Matters introduces 5th through 9th grade teachers to powerful new ways to approach writing instruction using 21st Century technology tools Created by Teaching Matters Writing Matters offers a private safe free ezine space for classrooms to publish and share their work Check out thousands of classrooms from 40 states

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/59 (2016-02-13)
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  • Cuomo | Teaching Matters
    on which kids is roiling New York s state capital again with no definitive answers yet Cuomo State of the State Lynette Guastaferro s blog Read more Comments Governor Cuomo s State of the State Submitted by Lynette Guastaferro on Fri 01 10 2014 11 45am We applaud the education priorities outlined by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address Cuomo New York State State of the State

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/category/tags/cuomo (2016-02-13)
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  • Poor NY Schools are Being Shorted | Teaching Matters
    bureaucracy Maybe but In another Albany chamber that same morning a court prepared to hear the opening argument in a long running education finance case Maisto v New York that contends students from poorer communities are getting much less in per pupil spending several thousands less than their wealthier peers Although the state sends more money to higher need school districts it doesn t make up the gulf created by a blatantly unequal system substantially funded through local property taxes Furthermore since the Great Recession New York has dramatically cut education aid leaving poor districts even more in the lurch Also compounding the problem educating poor children costs significantly more for a myriad of well known reasons And it s not a small number of kids who require more The most recent statistics show that nearly half of New York State s public school children and public school children across the country qualify for free and reduced price lunches Poverty is the backdrop for public education Unlike New York some states have shown real political will to level the educational playing field for their children and gotten measurable results In Maryland a 1 3 billion infusion of funds in 2002 ushered in a years long period of being at the very top of national standings for K 12 schools In Michigan spending reforms of the 1990s resulted in poorer districts gaining ground in student outcomes New York cannot boast that kind of record It has been marked the 42nd worst state in spending inequality among school districts Furthermore it is the state with the most segregated schools according to a 2014 UCLA Civil Rights Project study And dropout rates in poorer locations dwarf those in affluent ones We know from first hand experience what a squeezed budget means We ve

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/511 (2016-02-13)
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