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August 08, 2017

Put Me in, Coach: Reworking Social Studies for Participatory Democracy

Civic duties involve doing things in the world—pushing us to go beyond knowledge, thinking skills, and values within our classrooms. Civic education requires practice working with others to take action.

June 25, 2017

Proud of Her Public School: A Teacher's Appeal to Secretary DeVos

Kindergarten teacher Sharon Davison provides an example of how educators can serve as advocates in the current political climate.

May 30, 2017

Don't Cut Students Off From Their School's History

I hope that our school will be around long enough for future students to look at 100 years worth of picture in our hallway, but it won't unless we instill value for this kind of knowledge in our students and our leaders.

March 27, 2017

This Tool Fights Fascists: The Power of the Two-Column Proof

Evidence-based reasoning provides bulwark against superstition and demagoguery. It forms the basis of most of the life-changing institutions we interact with: from science to law, journalism to business. This foundational principle is beautifully encapsulated in a simple form that starts with a "given" and moves, evidenced step by evidenced step, towards a desired assertion.

December 12, 2016

Five Questions to Ask New College Students Over Break

If we can fine tune the questions we ask when we do interact with students we may be able to get the information that we need to intervene and support at-risk students so that they can avoid this fate.

December 05, 2016

Still Stronger Together: Election Reflections From an Integrated School

While I may not be a political insider or historian, I do have a front row seat to a world which provides insight into one of the key philosophical differences between the Trump and Clinton campaigns: are we a nation in need of walls or one in which we are "stronger together?"

October 26, 2016

Should We Differentiate "Discipline?"

Guest blogger Amber Chandler writes: I came to realize that there was a layer of Differentiation that doesn't seem to be occurring, and that is in the realm of social emotional learning. Why would I think that meeting kids where they were was a good thing academically without logically knowing that the whole child requires more than academic Differentiation, the whole child requires flexibility?

October 13, 2016

Imagining a Five Year Reunion Gift: A Task to Move Beyond College and Career

What I do know about the emphasis on "college and career" which so dominates our thinking about students' post-high school lives is that it excludes a lot: we are so much more than where we went to college and what we do for a living. I try to get students to more fully imagine their lives after college by asking them to send a gift to their friends at their 5 year high school reunion.

September 19, 2016

'Fair' School Funding and the Enrichment Gap

We should empower low income districts to commit to the kinds of deep learning experiences that middle and high income families self-fund. We should expand experiential and arts education for students in poverty, not cut them. To do this, states must recognize their a democratic responsibility to support that work.

August 16, 2016

Is Ivanka Trump's Family Leave Policy Better than the One for New York City Teachers?

Surely we are better than this as a Department of Education and as the nation's biggest local union. Teachers and our families should be supported like other city employees and not shut out the way we have been for far too long.

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