Only 40% of NY State students are college-ready: report

By Aaron Short
 Oct. 7, 2014
The SUNY System Administration Building in Albany Photo: Shutterstock
Only two in five New York state high-school students are ready for college-level work, according to College Board test results released early Tuesday.


Fariña and new head of English-learners office promise aggressive support for schools

Milady Baez, the city's new chief of English language learners, spoke at a Hispanic Federation event on Friday.


Educating Kids ... By Educating Parents, Too

By John Sanchez
Friday, jun 27, 2014
By helping parents learn English, encouraging home literacy and fostering school engagement, one program is finding that increasing educational attainment is a family affair.
"Breaking the cycle of low educational attainment requires reframing the way many parents view school, the way many educators think about families’ roles in schools, and using engagement strategies that work. Studies identify several elements of a successful family literacy program: parents learning alongside their children in classrooms, increasing parents’ English language skills, enhancing the home literacy environment, and greater parental engagement in schools. These elements were key components of our program, through several techniques."


Teachers of English-Learners Feel Least Prepared for Common Core, Survey Finds

August 14, 2014
Educators, in general, feel inadequately prepared for teaching the common core to students, but when it comes to teaching the more rigorous standards to their students who are still learning English, their confidence drops sharply, according to a new survey from the Education Week Research Center.


David Kirp: Why Teaching Is Not a Business

In a truly wonderful article in Sunday's New York Times, David Kirp of the University of California at Berkeley lays waste the underpinnings of the current "education reform" movement. Kirp not only shows what doesn't work, he gives numerous examples of what does work to help students.


The attack on bad teacher tenure laws is actually an attack on black professionals

By Andre M. Perry August 28
Dr. Andre Perry is the founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is the author of The Garden Path: The Miseducation of a City.
After the Vergara v. California decision in California’s state Supreme Court, which held that key job protections for teachers are unconstitutional, anti-union advocates everywhere began spawning copycat lawsuits. But while reformers may genuinely want to fix education for everyone, their efforts will only worsen diversity in the teaching corps. The truth is that an attack on bad teacher tenure laws (and ineffective teachers in general) is actually an attack on black professionals. If the Vergara clones succeed, black children will lose effective teachers and the black community will lose even more middle-class jobs.

The Manhattan School That's Helping Immigrant Students Succeed

September 8, 2014
The principal and founder of Emma Lazarus, Melody Kellog, photographed at the high school for ESL students. Zach Schonfeld for Newsweek
A generation or two ago, Manhattan’s Lower East Side was known for its bustling immigrant population. Today it’s mostly a jumble of upscale bistros and luxury condominiums, but on a forgotten corner of Hester Street—not quite Chinatown, but definitely not SoHo—that tradition prevails. There, on the second and fourth floor of an old YMCA building, sits Emma Lazarus High School, a highly specialized institution for students learning English as a second language (ESL).

Is Carmen Farina the cowardly lioness? Why the NYC chancellor of schools needs to get tough

“Carmen Fariña is the principal everybody loves to fear,” began a 1999 Times profile of the current chancellor when she ran the Upper East Side’s P.S. 6 “with a no-nonsense style and gets results through Darwinian selection.”
Where is that woman with the “imposing character”?

Common Core is used in Pre- K, but it is not curriculum

Early childhood education plays an essential role in preparing young English language learners (ELLs) for later success in school. It provides children with the opportunity to develop basic foundational skills in language and literacy before they enter kindergarten ready to learn. Young English language learners can begin to develop these essential foundational skills even before they have developed strong English language skills. It is, therefore, essential to encourage continued first language development in our children by providing them with appropriate education settings such as a bilingual classroom or integrated English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which support language and literacy learning in English.


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  7. Building on Immigrants’ Strengths to Improve Their Children’s Early Education
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