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  • Distributed Leadership | Teaching Matters
    Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Thu 03 26 2015 9 07am Tompkins Square Middle School TSMS located in the East Village section of Manhattan is a very participatory place Their principal of seven years Sonhando Estwick believes in trusting his staff to make good decisions It s a culture of direct democracy or in education parlance distributed leadership Distributed Leadership Teacher Leadership Sharon Rubinstein s blog Read more Comments Home

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/category/tags/distributed-leadership (2016-02-13)
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  • Early Literacy | Teaching Matters
    Our Cause Our Impact Publications Blog Teacher Portal Events Teacher Leadership Helps Schools Start Students on the Right Foot Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Thu 03 12 2015 12 18pm By Michelle Macchia Early Literacy Reading Teacher Leadership Sharon Rubinstein s blog Read more Comments Home About Our Team Blog Donate In the News Press Rohatyn Prize Services Teacher Leadership Matters Writing Matters Literacy Matters Math Matters Early Reading Matters

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/category/tags/early-literacy (2016-02-13)
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  • Reading | Teaching Matters
    Our Cause Our Impact Publications Blog Teacher Portal Events Teacher Leadership Helps Schools Start Students on the Right Foot Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Thu 03 12 2015 12 18pm By Michelle Macchia Early Literacy Reading Teacher Leadership Sharon Rubinstein s blog Read more Comments Home About Our Team Blog Donate In the News Press Rohatyn Prize Services Teacher Leadership Matters Writing Matters Literacy Matters Math Matters Early Reading Matters

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/category/tags/reading (2016-02-13)
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  • Ron Thorpe | Teaching Matters
    Cause Our Impact Publications Blog Teacher Portal Events Harnessing Teacher Talent for Leadership The Feds Invest in Spreading the Idea Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Wed 02 25 2015 11 37am By Leonard Sparks Ron Thorpe Teach to Lead Sharon Rubinstein s blog Read more Comments Home About Our Team Blog Donate In the News Press Rohatyn Prize Services Teacher Leadership Matters Writing Matters Literacy Matters Math Matters Early Reading

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  • Teach to Lead | Teaching Matters
    Cause Our Impact Publications Blog Teacher Portal Events Harnessing Teacher Talent for Leadership The Feds Invest in Spreading the Idea Submitted by Sharon Rubinstein on Wed 02 25 2015 11 37am By Leonard Sparks Ron Thorpe Teach to Lead Sharon Rubinstein s blog Read more Comments Home About Our Team Blog Donate In the News Press Rohatyn Prize Services Teacher Leadership Matters Writing Matters Literacy Matters Math Matters Early Reading

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/category/tags/teach-lead (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/blog/poor-ny-schools-are-being-shorted (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/blog/create-right-community-conditions (2016-02-13)
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  • Empower Principals and Their Teams | Teaching Matters
    Evers make it clear that they view their school s principal as the key factor in creating a desirable work environment and positive effects on students In 2013 the high school had a six year 98 1 percent graduation rate We generally don t have problems with students fighting running in the hall knocking on doors said Marcia Stuart assistant principal for social studies at the school That to me is a major element in keeping teachers and enabling them to do their job in terms of educating children Studies have attempted to quantify the impact Researchers at Stanford University have concluded that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year ineffective principals lower achievement by the same amount The Greenhouse School concept coined by TNTP notes the force of putting instruction at the center and valuing a culture of learning with the result that teachers want to stay in these schools much more than they do in schools with comparable demographics Principals can inspire with clear instructional leadership and goals and can help raise the collective sense of efficacy the belief in their ability to affect student outcomes that the faculty has Such changes are positively correlated with significantly better results What then is necessary to attract these linchpins of success to high poverty and high need schools Would forking over an extra 100 000 per year in salary for principals help solve the leadership needs of America s most struggling schools That s what a recent study by the Fordham Institute suggests Barring that hefty a raise there are other elements that could make the job more attractive They include an excellent support team of assistant principals in the building

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/empower-principals-and-their-teams (2016-02-13)
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