The founding principal of P-TECH in Brooklyn said he is grateful President Obama mentioned the school in his State of the Union speech, and hopes it will prompt the creation of more early college high schools.
A school principal sings the praises of one teacher training program, the urban teacher residency, arguing it should serve as a model for a statewide teacher training system.
It’s like the first day of school all over again for the staff and students of Scholars Academy. The school returns to its Rockaway Park building Friday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit the area.
One principal muses on the role school leaders and school buildings play in times of trauma. Even when faced with displacement and damage of their own, his teachers and staff have had to find the strength to lead their students through this difficult post-Sandy adjustment period.
The principal of Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Park, one of the schools relocated after Sandy, says he has witnessed countless acts of compassion and kindness since the storm devastated his community.
A first-hand appraisal of a system to assess teachers that has the support of both the Department of Education and the teachers’ union.
While some parents and educators are saying schools tests too much, one principal wants to test his students more, namely he wants his 9th graders to take the Regents tests. Practice, he believes, makes perfect.
One principal worried that implementing the new common core standards would place another burden on students and teachers, who already have to contend with Regents and A.P. exams and other standardized tests. But instead, the principal at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx has found that the new standards encourage ”teaching for understanding,” which helps prepare students for all future learning.
A principal writes that he is concerned that a large portion of a teacher’s evaluation is to be taken out of the hands of principals. “I am disturbed by this, not just because I think this will lead to inaccurate ratings and will pressure teachers in unproductive ways (it will), but also because I believe it speaks to a growing distrust of or disrespect for principals,” Phil Weinberg says.
The parade for the Giants’ Super Bowl victory, which attracted many school-age children, brings to mind the importance of sports in shaping college-ready minds, says one principal.
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