Instructional Rounds at New Dawn

Posted by & filed under Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Environment, Operations and Management, Policy, Professional Development, School Accountability and Authorization, School Leadership, School Planning.

Being transparent is a hard job. It means that you have to have the courage to acknowledge where your weak spots are. For a small transfer school with very large shoes to fill (cough*Wildcat*cough), it is no big secret that we are searching for the right potion to make our Regents scores work. The Instructional… Read more »

Addressed vs. Assessed Standards: Completing the Curricular Aligment

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It is always refreshing to attend the Network Team Institutes in Albany. Every time I go there, I always seem to find a big “aha” moment that connects back to what we are attempting to do at New Dawn. To continue from one of the major “themes” of our staff development from Year One, aligning… Read more »

Charter Schools are Ruining Public Education.(?)

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I cannot tell you how many times I hear this statement, see it in print, and watch people really buy into it, as if charter schools were the only reason that the breakdown in “public education” was happening to begin with.  I conducted a Google search of this statement, “charter schools are ruining public education.”… Read more »

The Best Way to Protest Common Core is to Keep Your Child at Home?

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I have been regularly attending the New York State’s Network Team Institute’s on the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). What I have been regularly witnessing are teachers and Content Area Coaches grumbling about the “death of literacy” because of the increased emphasis on “informational texts.” This always made me chuckle, as I… Read more »

Writing Lessons that Matter

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When I was teaching, I spent a good deal of time trying to squeeze all of my lesson plan ideas into those little boxes of the lesson plan book. We had to turn in our plans each week, and the principal would look at the plans and make comments (or not) and your book would… Read more »