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Jun
23

School’s Out for Summer and Many Teachers Are Calling It Quits

“I felt so helpless,” said 49-year-old Wendy Grider, who left her fourth-grade teaching job in Rocklin, Calif., this month. She watched parents over the past year take to social media to criticize teachers in her district for their homework assignments, she said.  And there were several instances in her classroom, she said, in which a […]

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Jun
23

Getting real-world experience: High schoolers design a ‘life skills’ lab for students with disabilities

A collaboration between two schools co-located in a midtown Manhattan campus has bridged both of their missions in the most fruitful way possible: a hands-on project giving their respective students real-world life skills. Students at Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction have donned the role of architects, designing a one-bedroom apartment for their “clients” […]

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Jun
23

Trading ‘Please focus’ for ‘How are you?’: A listening strategy that’s helping some teachers improve the classroom experience

To her relief, Elissa Levy’s ninth graders remembered how to make friends when they returned this September to East Harlem’s High School for Climate Justice. But after spending prolonged time out of the classroom during the pandemic, they seem to have forgotten how to “do” other parts of school, the physics teacher said. Many are […]

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Jun
23

Bill would give $25,000 to aspiring school counselors, social workers

Bailey Adling would stay up some days until 3 a.m. studying for his master’s degree in school counseling, and then wake up at 7 a.m. to work a full day as a substitute teacher. He was so exhausted he often considered dropping out of the program. While Priscilla Park was enrolled full-time in her graduate […]

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Jun
14

Eric Adams’ literacy overhaul slashes number of NYC reading coaches while expanding to higher grade levels

Mayor Eric Adams has made improving reading instruction across the nation’s largest school system one of his major education goals. In doing so, he is disbanding a key literacy program launched under former Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to sources familiar with the policy shift, raising questions about the new administration’s strategy. After six years, […]

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Jun
14

These Indiana schools made racial equity their mission. Now they face hostile legislation.

At Bethel Park Elementary in Indianapolis, a fourth- and fifth-grade book club pauses in a read-aloud to discuss this line in “The Hate U Give”: Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black. “Black people can’t really do stuff like white people can,” a […]

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Jun
14

“It’s Not Sustainable”: NYC Public School Administrators, Teachers Struggle With Staffing Shortages

Faced with high absentee rates among students and teachers, principals at public schools across New York City are scrambling to staff classes and keep their doors open. Depending on who you ask, the result is barely controlled chaos, or an exercise in creative problem solving during a crisis. Mark Cannizzaro, president of the Council of […]

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Jun
14

NYC ends mask mandate for children in preschools, daycares

Masks will be optional for New York City children under 5 in preschool and daycare programs starting June 13 as COVID rates have begun to drop, Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday. The announcement comes several months after Adams lifted the mask mandate for public school students, a decision he stuck by even as COVID rates […]

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