Job Posting: Motion Picture Technical High School

The newly established Motion Picture Technical High School (DBN: 30Q367), set to open in September 2024 in Northern Queens is seeking to fill new positions. Here is a link to the recent NYCDOE press release: NYCDOE Announcement. Motion Picture Technical High School is seeking dynamic, New York State Licensed High School Teachers for roles in 9th-grade ELA, […]

By John Russo | Blog . Job Posting

Sustainability, arts, math: ‘Themed’ middle schools are spreading, but do they help students?

On a sunny Friday in early November, four 10- and 11-year-old boys stand on the corner of 26th Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, holding homemade clipboards and signs that read “Take our food equity survey.” A young man rushes past the group, headphones on, eyes on his phone. Susan Tenner, executive director of the […]

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As fewer kids enroll, big cities face a small schools crisis

On a recent morning inside Chalmers School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side, five preschool and kindergarten students finished up drawings. Four staffers, including a teacher and a tutor, chatted with them about colors and shapes. The summer program offers the kind of one-on-one support parents love. But behind the scenes, Principal Romian Crockett worries […]

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There’s a teacher shortage! (U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Calls on States, Districts…)

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Calls on States, Districts, Higher Ed Institutions to Address Nationwide Teacher Shortage and Bolster Student Recovery with American Rescue Plan Funds Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will issue a nationwide call to action for states, higher education leaders, and schools to tap federal resources and work together to […]

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NY cancels January Regents exams as COVID cases surge

New York students won’t take Regents exams this January. New York education Commissioner Betty Rosa canceled the winter tests on Tuesday, citing a “daunting” spike in coronavirus cases across the state. No decisions have been made yet regarding the June and August exams, which far more students take. Officials previously said they planned to move […]

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NYC to eliminate ‘gifted’ test in overhaul of segregated program

Starting this fall, New York City will no longer test rising kindergartners for entry into its gifted and talented program, which has long attracted controversy for enrolling starkly low numbers of Black and Latino students. Instead of having a specific gifted program sorting a small number of children, all kindergarten students attending the city’s 800 […]

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Things are changing fast’: More schools requiring masks for all, vaccines for teachers

In just a week, more than a dozen of the country’s large urban school districts have shifted policies to require masks for all students and staff. And on Monday, the country’s largest school district announced it will require all school staff to be vaccinated, joining Chicago and Los Angeles.  New York City’s decision came just […]

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Critical race theory debate hits New York City public schools

From Chalkbeat: Maud Maron was taken aback during her son’s recent fifth grade graduation when school administrators took a moment to acknowledge that the school building sits on land once taken from Native Americans. “I was like, ‘yes, that is true,’” Maron recounted. “But, as it turns out, for the better part of human existence, […]

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