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Digital Literacy: New Director at DOE Emphasizes Greater Social Media Use in Classroom

Lisa Nielsen is New York City’s first director of digital literacy and citizenship. She says her job is to help teachers and students become web-savvy.

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Why Regular School Hours Clash With Teenage Biology

Teenagers are grouchy, inattentive, and all-around sleepy in the morning because bedtimes and waking times get later once they reach puberty. This is a fact researchers have known for years now, wrote Russell Foster, an expert in circadian neuroscience, in a recent Slate.com article. And yet most schools are still reluctant to start the learning day […]

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Low Performing NYC Students Applying to Weak High Schools, Says Report

A new study released by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University shows most eight graders prefer to attend high schools closer to home despite having a choice to apply to any high school in the city. What is more, reports WNYC’s SchoolBook Blog, is that low-performing students tend to apply […]

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The Common Core in Trouble?

Just after the Common Core standards went national with only five states left to adopt them, the Washington Post is reporting that the initiative viewed as a great policy success for President Obama is coming under attack. A few states including Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, and South Dakota are either backtracking or considering to do so. Recently, […]

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A Rare Glimpse into the Classroom

Tracy Kidder’s 1989 book “Among Schoolchildren” takes readers to a place that doesn’t usually offer full access: our children’s classrooms.

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Learning English when Uzbek is the First Language

Immigrant children from Uzbekistan have flooded into I.S. 62 in Ditmas Park Brooklyn over the last three years.

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Hearing to Shutter Murry Bergtraum HS Draws Small Crowd

Few turned out Feb. 28 to protest the city’s plans to phase out Murry Bergtraum High School in five years, replacing it with a National Parks Service school. School-stories reporter Aisha Asif reported for GothamSchools.org that teachers believed the mayor’s policies over the years had decimated on the city’s best high schools, turning it into a “dumping ground” for high-needs students without providing adequate support.

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Movement Against Standardized Tests Gaining Steam Across the Country

An increasing amount of students and teachers are speaking out against standardized testing across the U.S. according to recent media reports. From teachers in Seattle’s Garfield High School, who voted unanimously to refuse to administer the state’s Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP Test, to students in Portland, Oregon who have launched an opt-out campaign […]

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Judge Blocks Gov. Cuomo from Pulling the Plug on $250 million for City Schools

A judge has blocked the state from pulling $250 million in funding for city schools by Gov. Cuomo because city officials failed to secure a deal with the teachers’ union on implementing a teacher rating system. WNYC reports that the judge “granted a preliminary injunction because he said the plaintiffs had a strong enough case to […]

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New Survey Shows Teacher Job Satisfaction at Record Low

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher released for 2012 reports that only 39 percent of teachers in the U.S. are satisfied with their job, according to the Huffington Post. Job satisfaction for educators has declined by 23 percent  since 2008 because of a host of factors including budget cuts, increased class sizes, and the […]

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