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An International Approach To Raising the Stature of the Teaching Profession

Overshadowed somewhat by the ongoing national discussion about school reform, testing and No Child Left Behind, a first-of -a-kind event took place last month at the Hilton in New York City : the first International Summit on the Teaching Profession, sponsored by the Department of Education, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Education  Read more »

Reacting to Bin Laden Without Any Memory of 9/11

The fifth graders at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, are all too young to have any memories pf the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But the news about the death of bin Laden moved them as much as everyone else, temporarily interrupting their preoccupation with the English Language Arts state tests that were to  Read more »

Teaching the First Draft of History

Teaching the First Draft of History

When the news about Osama Bin Laden broke Sunday night, it didn’t just send seasoned reporters scrambling. Immediately the staff who work on the New York Times Learning Network blog also began posting and proposing resources from the Times that teachers could use in their classrooms on Monday. By Monday afternoon, over 300 students had  Read more »

A Night At The Lottery

I’d watched the movies so I thought I knew what to expect. The lottery for the 250 places at two, about-to-open New Visions charter schools in the Bronx was going to be emotional. But when I made it to the auditorium inside the enormous John F. Kennedy Educational Campus on the evening of April 15,  Read more »

VIDEO: Confessions of a Third Grader

VIDEO: Confessions of a Third Grader

Sarahi, a third-grade student from Public School 380 in Brooklyn, talks candidly about school.

University of California Waters Warm, but Community College Students Avoid the Heat

University of California Waters Warm, but  Community College Students Avoid the Heat

The University of California system will have a more international flavor this fall, when it brings in nearly 5,400 international freshmen, a more than 2 percent jump from the previous year. John Levin, a professor at the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside, said this might just be the beginning as UC administrators also  Read more »

Heard in Class: What They Can’t Live Without

Heard in Class: What They Can’t Live Without

It’s 9:04 a.m. and four students are seated in Shana Lawson’s art class at Aspirations Diploma High School.  It’s early so not everyone has shown up yet. Lawson, dressed in a coral shirt and a beige sweater, walks around the room, preparing for class. “You need to have your objects finalized by tomorrow,” she tells  Read more »

Heard in Class: Everything is History

Right before spring break, Shay Masterson’s global studies left off with World War I.  “What did we say about the Treaty of Versailles?” she asks her students at Aspirations Diploma High School.  There are four students today. One girl yawns and giggles a bit.  Another pulls out her black binder for the answer.  She talks  Read more »

Heard in Class: Counting Their Calories

A thin girl with a long, dark brown ponytail is the first to arrive at Harold DeLucia’s health class at Aspirations Diploma High School in Brooklyn. She strolls into the room, grabs a black binder from the side of the room, plops onto her seat, and cracks open her book.  She bends over it, engrossed  Read more »

Heard in Class: A Lesson in Metaphors

Ten students have shown up for Shana Lawson’s Music 1 – Great Lyricists class at Aspirations Diploma High School.  Some are seated, while others stand at the side of the room, pulling their notebooks out from a messy pile by the window. The last figure of speech the class studied was a simile.  “What we  Read more »