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Scheduling ways to make teaching less solitary At this Bronx school, teachers create individual lessons plans together

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The Hechinger Report

June 29, 2018
BRONX, N.Y. – When David Krulwich decided to make a mid-career switch from attorney to math teacher in 2001, he was delighted to find that teaching was a profession he found rewarding and fun. But he was also troubled. Every day he’d teach in a classroom, alone, and at night he’d go home and plan the next day’s lessons, alone. It was his first year, yet his duties were the same as a someone with 10 years on the job. “I don’t know why we expect brand-new teachers to plan lessons that are going to be particularly effective if they’ve
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Inspiring city teacher helps kids build a better future

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Daily News

June 29, 2018
Christopher Sedita is the founder of the Buildings Science program at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, a career and technical education high school that opened on the upper West Side in 2008. His program prepares students for careers in 21st-century building construction by teaching skills for maximum sustainability, energy efficiency and nontoxic materials. Sedita helps students in his building science class learn their trade by constructing an eco-friendly house inside his oversize classroom as part of their instruction. It's not your average shop class. But Sedita has a bigger goal. He aims to outfit his motivated and ambitious students
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Getting Into College Is Tough for First-Generation College Students, So I’m Making It a Little Easier

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Education post

June 27, 2018
Without the support of my college counselor, I would not be where I am today. In my senior year of high school, I was a student who required a lot of support and guidance. The whole college application process was an exhausting and daunting fiasco. As a first-generation college student, I found myself doing everything on my own, without any family support and knowing very little of what was entailed in both applying and getting into college. I was also incredibly stubborn which didn’t help the process whatsoever. I WILL FOREVER ACKNOWLEDGE THE DIFFERENCE MY HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE COUNSELOR M
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Building Social-Emotional Competence for Lifelong Success: In the end, students must sit in the driver’s seat and put SEL skills into action

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National Association of Secondary School Principals

February 13, 2018
Despite the rise of high-stakes testing in K– 12 education as a means to compare students' academic proficiency, an inconvenient detail continues to hold true: Student grades, not their scores on standardized tests, remain the best predictor for achievement in high school and beyond. This is because grades do much more than assess a student's mastery of the curriculum; they reflect a student's ability to delay gratification and focus on studying, cooperate effectively during group work, manage their time, and ask for help. In short, grades reflect a student's social-emotional competence to a much larger extent than standardized tests do. It i
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Straight Up Conversation: Urban Assembly CEO Kristin Kearns-Jordan

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Education Week

January 26, 2018
Kristin Kearns-Jordan is the CEO of Urban Assembly, a nonprofit that serves a family of public high schools in New York City. During her 25-year career in education, Kristin has worked with a mentoring and financial aid program for NYC high schoolers while founding the School Choice Scholarships Foundation and Bronx Preparatory Charter School. I recently had the chance to chat with Kristin about Urban Assembly, what they do, and some of the challenges they've faced on timely questions like graduation rates and school discipline. Here's what she had to say. Rick Hess: Kristin, thanks for taking the time. So,
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