News & Notes From The Bank Street CommunityPosted by Claire Daniel on Feb 2012
From NY1 to the New York Times, Bank Streeters have been popping up all over the place. See what’s been happening in the community, including not-to-miss upcoming events and a round-up of what we’ve been reading.
In the news
As reported, several Queens parents were outraged to see that their children’s phonetic homework included pictures of a gun and then a robber. Brought on as a consultant, “Dr. Peggy McNamara said it doesn't surprise her that the sheet was used.”
She said teachers have to check the work produced by curriculum companies. "I think the issue would be with this particular company. What are they thinking about when they put ‘gun’ and ‘rob’ on a page?” said McNamara. “Do they really think about where this goes and the sensitivities of different communities where a kid might use this?"
Studies showing an increasing achievement gap between rich and poor students come as no surprise. As early-childhood educators who spend time in classrooms, we have been shaken by the changes of the last decade, changes that have had a particularly devastating effect on children in poor communities.
Young children have been deprived of essential experiences — art, music, open-ended discussion, dramatic play, exploratory use of materials — that we know contribute to well-rounded development and engaged learning.... [Continue reading RichandPoor: TheEducationGap]
A round of applause
Recent Bank Street graduate Gregory David is the founding teacher of JCCinManhattan's new Gift of Math Program — a math support program for 2nd graders in public schools. This after school program matches under-performing students one-to-one with volunteers who follow specific lesson plans and receive supervision and support.
“The program is amazing, kids are flourishing,” says David, who is the on-site math teacher at the initial site (PS 163). Already, a second teacher has been hired at PS 75, and the program hopes to expand into fifteen schools over the next few years.
For more information about these volunteer programs please contact, Judy Gross, JCC Director of Literacy, Math & Social Action Programs, at email@example.com.
Dean Jon Snyder moderates The Seventh John H. Niemeyer Series: Can This School Be Saved? Effective Alternatives To School Closings. Join leading voices in education policy as we explore options for revitalizing — rather than closing — underperforming schools. Participants include:
- Christine Quinn, Speaker, New York City Council
- Zakiyah Ansari, Parent Leader, Coalition for Educational Justice; Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education
- Maria C. Fernandez, Senior Coordinator, Urban Youth Collaborative, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
R.S.V.P to Shannon Whitaker-Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org) to attend this March 12th event.
Want to networkwithBankStreetalumniwhoaredoingcoolthings with their Master’s Degrees? Then don’t forget to R.S.V.P to Linda Reing (email@example.com) for this special event TODAY at 6:00 PM. Alumni panelists include a social worker, a classroom teacher, a Certified Education Planner, a high school principal, an education app developer, and an early childhood school founder/director
What we’re reading
- ALast-MinuteDealonTeacherEvaluations “It’s a victory for all New York,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Government works, and that makes this a better state.” “Historic,” Mr. Bloomberg said, “is probably not too strong a word to use.” How are YOU feeling?
- Affluent, BornAbroadandChoosingNewYork’sPublicSchoolsInNewYork, theaffluenttypicallysendtheirchildrentoprivateschools. Butnottheforeign-bornaffluent.
- PreludetoMayor’sRace? LiuFaultsQuinn’sEducationProposals City Comptroller John Liu accuses City Council Speaker Christine Quinn of failing to deliver a bold vision for education... Where do you stand?
- WhyFrenchParentsAreSuperior While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. Or so says this controversial WSJ article.
- From the Alumni Blog: ProgressiveEducation: WhatLensDoYouLookThrough?
In this post, Jennifer Groves ’99 reflects upon what it really means to call ourselves progressive educators in today’s context.
- “Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas and What to Do About Them"(PDF) Issued by Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform, this concise guide for improving teaching effectiveness is based on the substantial evidence that links teaching quality and student achievement.
- On Digital Badges, Participatory Learning, Flipped Classrooms Barry Joseph — director of the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids and Founder of Games for Change — shares some must-see resources on the topics of badges, participatory learning, and flipped classrooms.