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, […]

Leadership Instability and Divisions within a School District Cited for Disproportionality

Although it was only an hour train ride from New York City to Parktown*, New York, this suburban city seemed like a different world. From the train station to the elementary school where the professional development was held, there was little if any presence of cars and people compared to the busy streets of New […]

Culturally Responsive Field Research in Program Evaluations and Monitoring

When social science researchers engage in fieldwork projects, there is usually a set of prescribed of protocols that guide the parameters of their research. Some of these protocols and principles are grounded in legal issues, such as Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines, while others are guided more by informal or formally-codified “best practices” intended to […]

“Are my students at risk?” Measuring Disciplinary Disproportionality

It is a well-established fact that Black students in the United States are more likely than other students to receive disciplinary referrals, and be suspended or expelled from school.   For example, the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection notes that in 2013, Black students comprised 26 percent of all students in New York […]

Trans Women are Their Stories To Tell: My Facebook Post about Chimamanda Adichie

In response to Chimamanda Adichie’s remarks about trans women being a type of woman, I made a decision and posted a sensationalist newspaper article (that was limited in scope) and made a uni-dimensional comment that was far too casual and brimming with ignorance about trans women and their lived experience. For a population that experiences […]