When Violence Interrupts Education

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When we were working on opening New Dawn, there was many a night where I was walking to my car at 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning. I never felt afraid. In the morning coming into the building I saw many of the same faces in the neighborhood and we always exchanged friendly hellos… Read more »

When Burnout Gets the Better of You

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Just recently I was sitting with one of my teachers and we talked about the issue of burn out. I am blessed to have staff that are willing to have honest conversations with me, and this particular teacher is one I depend on for regular reality checks. We started our meeting with the usual routine,… Read more »

When does accountability fail its students?  

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I had the pleasure of attending the Spring Convening of the America Achieves NY Educator Voice Fellowship in Albany recently. The night before our meeting with lawmakers (which I’ll also be blogging about), I met great Fellows that shared some of the very same issues that my school faces with my students- attendance, college readiness,… Read more »

Making Professional Development Self-Directed

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I have been doing PD for a long time now.  We fully utilize the School Improvement Engine (SIE) tools, which include data driven practices (TERC), curriculum mapping, instructional rounds, and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The beauty of the SIE tools, which will be the basis of my research for my dissertation, is that you can… Read more »

Common Core Debate Continues to Rage On

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend a hearing at LaGuardia College, sponsored by the Governor’s office as a New York Educator Voice Fellow through American Achieves.  The event was officiated by Common Core Task Force members Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Brooklyn teacher Kishayna Hazlewood. After so many years into the implementation… Read more »