professional development


Coaxing NYC students back to classrooms: wins and struggles at one Bronx high school

When New York City high schools reopen on Monday for the first time in four months, the hallways at Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical High School will not be as crowded as they usually are. But they will be more bustling than many other city high schools. In a typical year, Smith welcomes just […]

By John Russo | Academic . Blog . news

Stuyvesant students say the crushing workload is hurting their mental health. Here’s what they’re doing about it.

Stuyvesant students say the crushing workload is hurting their mental health. Here’s what they’re doing about it. “When a sophomore at Stuyvesant High School commented recently in a student Facebook group about feeling demoralized, burned out, and unsure if they could keep going, about 500 peers at the elite public school responded that they felt […]

By John Russo | Blog

PD School Partners

Five years as a Principal Five years as a Principal of a Middle School of 1000+ students is often regarded with a gasp and a look of utter condolences by many who hear the numbers – number of years, grades and total student population. Challenges and Support from PD school partners However, to hear stories […]


New Teacher Evaluations

The 8 Domain Items You’ll Need to Know for the New Teacher Evaluations by Matt Zagami There is no doubt that the recent advent of “Danielson’s Framework for Effective Teaching” has helped educators focus on best practices in a number of different areas.  Any effective teacher who closely studies the 4 Domains and 22 items […]


How to Motivate Teachers

How to Motivate Teachers Question: How can we motivate veteran teachers who are resistant to change, to make the shifts required by Common Core and the Danielson Framework?  Listen to this post! We asked for your questions, in our last email, and got some great ones! We’re happy to dig into the school-related issues that […]

By John Russo | Administration

Resources for Teaching Literacy in Kindergarten

Resources for Teaching Literacy in Kindergarten This question came to us from a NYC teacher, and it was such a good one that I wanted to share it with you: What are some strategies for teaching literacy in kindergarten? (specifics, please) We’re happy to help! I’m going to look quickly at Balanced Literacy (which was […]


No Gifted Child Left Behind

11-19-13 No Gifted Child Left Behind? Differentiated learning in the age of testing. by Jared Gellert I talked with my next door neighbor about how her third grade son is doing at school.  He hates it, she said.  He’s bored, it’s way too easy and as much as he loves his friends, he complains about […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy

Common Core Resources for Schools and Policy Roundup

With the Common Core debate heating up, it’s tough to keep track of the requirements, where to get resources for the classroom, and professional development options. And let’s not forget the policy battles about federal standards (and how to fund them) going on in congress! Luckily, we’ve kept track for you! Here you are, up […]



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