The well-being of our educators and young people are our highest priority. As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, we will remain vigilant in our efforts to provide support and resources to those affected. We have created an Online Learning Community (OLC) to provide information and resources to help our schools and young people remain safe, connected, and productive during this time.
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Last month, 15 students from the UA New York Harbor School became certified divers during the school’s annual excursion to the Bahamas. Organized and generously supported by the Billion Oyster Project, eligible sophomores in the Professional Diving career and technical education program earned their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification at the Island School, a sustainable campus on the island of Eleuthera. Along with the students, two Harbor School alumni also went to the Island School for further training as they work toward their Divemaster certification.
It was a late shift. I went into the bathroom before I finished up and clocked out. Half of my mind was on restocking donuts while the other half was on my college applications. As I left the bathroom, I heard, “Can’t believe they let these hoodlums share a restroom with us men.” Disgusted, I turned around to find two white men glaring at me. I took their words into consideration and wondered why they failed to recognize that I was a black boy in America trying to be successful just like everyone else. I was determined to not let r
The UA School for Emergency Management’s (UASEM) Hands to Heart CPR Team partnered with a local Starbucks to make sure customers and community members were prepared to protect the hearts of fellow New Yorkers this Valentine’s Day. Hands to Heart is a student-led emergency service team on a mission to decrease the number of cardiac arrest-related deaths in low-income communities by teaching hands-only CPR. On the morning of February 14, over 100 Starbucks customers completed hands-only CPR training led by UASEM students, and were rewarded with free coffee and pastries.
We have all engaged in the practice of instructional rounds where we visit schools and observe classes with an eye on the interactions between students, teachers, and task. During our classroom visits, we listen carefully to classroom conversations, take note of teacher assessment practices, and speak directly to students about what they are learning. This practice can be invaluable as it builds our understanding of how students experience instruction during their school day.
However, in their 2014 Principal Leadership article “Using Teacher Learning Walks to Improve Instruction,” Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey offer an additional--and different--approach to visiting classrooms: ghost walks.