Catch ’em Being Good

Most people are wired to notice things that don’t match our expectations.  We notice the person facing the wrong way in line or the person speaking loudly when everyone else is whispering.  In the same way our attention is drawn to student’s who are not meeting our behavioral expectations.  We notice the child who is […]

Without Sanctuary: Diego Ismael Puma Macancela and the State’s War on Vulnerable Students

Ossining High School senior Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was arrested in his home and taken to a deportation center on Thursday, June 8th—just days after his mother was arrested and taken to a deportation center. The high school senior was taken on the day of his prom. Ossining is a suburb in Westchester County, just […]

School Vouchers: What are they, and what does the research say?

The recent appointment of Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education has brought the issue of school choice – and particularly school vouchers – into the forefront of American education policy.  Secretary DeVos is a vocal supporter of school choice policies and, since her confirmation, has advocated for their expansion.  In addition, the […]

City is Trying to Build a Seamless System for Autistic Kids

Back in the early 2000s, autistic children age 5-21 in New York City and elsewhere who were capable of grade level academic work were educated almost exclusively in segregated classrooms with other autistic children. Neighborhood public schools did not accept them – local schools didn’t have the resources, knowledge, training or expertise to meet these […]

Trump’s Education Budget Pushes Forward Education Industrialization

Recently a short clip of a young Black child naming a supposed Donald Trump, “a disgrace to the world”, has gone viral. Trump has of course branded it as “fake news” because the Trump in the video was actually an impersonator from a show called “The President.” But the message is still clear. Young Black […]

The Most Important Three-Word Phrase

The following is the text from a speech delivered by NYU Professor Kristie Patten Koenig at the Doctoral Convocation Speech for NYU Steinhardt, May 11, 2017 First, on behalf of the faculty I would like to congratulate each of you for your accomplishments that we mark today. We celebrate your achievements, we welcome and thank your […]

Common Application Changes: Tips to ensure success for students, staff and parents

  During an era in which educators, parents, and adults alike are working tirelessly to decrease the amount of free time teenagers dedicate to the Web, The Common Application organization intends to utilize this zest for texting, tweeting, and social media (as a whole) by expanding their platform to meet students’ needs, including applying for […]

Learn them; they are why you teach

After the cooing phase, babies begin to babble, the first beautiful expression of the languages they hear around them. This is so remarkably a sign that babies are ready to communicate through language that even if babies are surrounded by a signed language instead of a spoken one, they babble with their hands. Equally amazing […]

Retention, Responsiveness, and Parent-Teacher Communication

Retention conversations express dysfunctional parent-teacher communication strategies and place certain students at greater risk of negative outcomes. Many parents will receive unhappy news about their children’s academic, emotional, and social development from teachers and other school professionals at some point in their children’s school lives.  As a former teacher of self-contained special education classes in […]

Success Academy Charter Network Suspension Factory

Success Academy is a reflection of how the educational system in America negatively impacts certain student groups. In response to the Success Academy charter network suspension debacle, I am choosing to speak to all educators in America since the Success Academy experience mirrors the educational public school system in the United States. To all educators, […]