The US Secretaries of Education

DeVos isn’t the only cabinet pick who will influence education Many progressive educators are furious about the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. As many have pointed out throughout the course of her confirmation hearings, Ms. DeVos enters the U.S. Department of Education with less experience in public education than almost any […]

What was the idea behind the ASD Nest Program, and what are its key elements?

Before the advent of the ASD Nest program parents of autistic children in New York City had two choices: a District 75 school for children with severe disabilities, where basic curriculum took a back seat to therapeutic services; or a neighborhood school where teachers didn’t understand how to teach their children or children on the […]

Making Black Lives Matter in Classrooms: The Power of Teachers to Change the World

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools held a conference titled, Race, Rights, and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Our Students Think Critically about Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty. This conference was not for everyone. And while it was a conference for […]

Getting Smart About Apps

  These days, we use our smartphones for everything: alarm clock, calculator, food delivery service, FaceTime with friends and family, TV, information source, payment source and sometimes a tutor.  As the saying goes, “the sky is the limit” when it comes to the incredible amount of apps and websites that are just a touch or […]

Help Us Stand Up to Racism in New York in the People’s March for Education Justice

Teacher and students at school door

New York State has continuously decided to neglect the educational opportunities it provides to students in Black, Brown, and low-income neighborhoods. With tyrant Trump around, we need a state government that will decide to not only stand up for our most vulnerable communities, but to finally right it’s wrongs. New York has a history of […]

A Crusade for Billions? How a Betsy DeVos Department of Education Could Lead to a Massive Transfer of Public Funds into the Private Sector

On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. […]