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  • East Bronx Academy for the Future: Innovation Unleashed in the IZone | Teaching Matters
    of the Bronx Zoo Teaching Matters the lead and founding community partner of this New Century School has worked collaboratively with Sarah Scrogin the founding school leader to push the envelope on ways to use technology to enable learning innovation Now buoyed by an entirely new level of central support from the NYC Department of Education s Innovation Zone EBA s focus is to pioneer new models that transform what schools look like personalizing instruction to the needs of each individual student and dramatically improving student achievement Teaching Matters will be hosting an Innovation Field Trip to East Bronx Academy on Tuesday April 12 for school leaders and educators looking to spark their own thinking and see these practices in action A few examples of the types of initiatives that will be observable include A partnership with the NYC iSchool in Manhattan allowing 4 EBA teachers to teach high school courses to mixed groups of EBA and iSchool students using video conferencing through Skype as a way to communicate across boroughs The calculus teacher for example meets with 3 EBA students and Skypes with 3 iSchool students sometimes all together sometimes separately An Honors English taught through a blended model All students are getting in class and homework assignments electronically and submitting all work using Google Docs Resources posted on the teacher s website are available for study and review 24 7 Even testing is being done electronically with the teacher using network monitoring software to turn off Internet access when needed during exams The class is entirely paperless and is custom developed by the teacher Advanced Placement and credit recovery courses blending online work with teacher led are being held in a number of subjects A collaboration with three schools in Kansas on a social studies project co developed

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/200 (2016-02-13)
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  • Feeling Hopeful About Assessment for the First Time | Teaching Matters
    to me I need this it will help our kids pass these new tests Normally I d take his comment as an insult Our civics program reduced to a test prep tool But this particular principal has been involved in a pilot program where teachers are designing performance tasks to assess student learning in preparation for the adoption of the new Common Core Standards His school is one of approximately 100 pilot schools that are among the first to address the cultural shift as schools grapple with what it means to measure student performance beyond the multiple choice test In September 2010 the U S Department of Education awarded 330 million in grants to help states develop better ways to measure student learning According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this new generation of state assessments will be an absolute game changer in public education In theory the new generation of assessments will be a combination of traditional tests and performance based tasks designed to evaluate whether or not students have developed the higher order analytic and critical thinking skills they will need to succeed in the world beyond twelfth grade Yet the reality of implementing these assessments nationwide remains to be seen What we do know is that new assessments will necessarily require new ways of teaching As a result test prep or teaching to the test will take on an entirely new meaning when the test itself changes In a 21st century economy we must ensure students cannot only recall information but actually develop new ideas create multi tiered solutions and think informatively Frankly I do not know if we have the technology to truly and deeply assess students skills at the level we need to but I m encouraged by the movement toward more authentic teaching learning

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/197 (2016-02-13)
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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/node/194 (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

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/193 (2016-02-13)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/184 (2016-02-13)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/183 (2016-02-13)
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  • Bob Herbert’s Keynote Address | Teaching Matters
    News Press Contact Bob Herbert s Keynote Address Submitted by Lynette Guastaferro on Fri 11 05 2010 2 08pm It s No Longer Sufficient to Say We Can Do Better We Have to Do Better In case you missed the live stream check out video of Bob Herbert s keynote address from Teaching Matters Champions of Innovation and Education Celebration View the discussion thread Lynette Guastaferro s blog Tweets by

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/170 (2016-02-13)
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  • Champions of Innovation and Education Award Celebration - Joel Klein | Teaching Matters
    8 52am Teaching Matters honored New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel I Klein yesterday as a Champion of Innovation and Education Teaching Matters recognized Chancellor Klein s extraordinary contributions to teaching and learning as well as his strategic focus to improve student achievement through technology innovations from School of One to the Innovation Zone to the NYC Connected Learning program Champions of Innovation and Education Award Celebration Joel

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/167 (2016-02-13)
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