Category Archives: Ed Reform My Style

thoughts on the big questions and issues in education today

Video: Students Learn what it Takes to go from Boyz to Men

This past semester, I had the pleasure of co-teaching a team of students at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury, MA, in a class on what makes a man, a man. My colleague, Jon Hinthorne, and I talked with … Continue reading

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How do you Measure your Impact on Kids?

Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you I’m a champion list-maker. Making lists is the way I plan my day, the way I track progress, and, sad as it is to admit, the small ways that I remind myself that I … Continue reading

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What’s Next? My Five Year Plan After the Teaching Fellowship

I hear that ”driven” people have “five-year plans.”  As I like to consider myself a driven person, it seems fitting that at this point of change and transition in my life, that I write my own five-year plan. On June 30th I will officially finish … Continue reading

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The Road to Mock Trials is Paved with Pizza

In working as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, I didn’t expect to learn much about law, much less teach middle schoolers about it. This semester, though, I ended up supporting the Mock Trial apprenticeship on our campus. And it … Continue reading

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Help teachers do their jobs

We’ve asked our bloggers to react to a recent article in The New York Times by Jonathan Mahler on a middle-school principal in the Bronx, and his relationship to the education reform movement. Don’t miss this eye-opening piece. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Service Survives, Thanks to You

As you know, Congress and the White House have come to an agreement on the fiscal year 2011 budget and that budget will likely be signed into law in the next few days. The bad news is that the agreed … Continue reading

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Stats & Students First – Learning from the Boston Foundation

In a recent presentation by the Boston Foundation during one of our monthly Friday meetings, my colleagues and I learned the following statistics: 1 percent of teachers in Boston are rated “unsatisfactory” 99 percent of teachers in Boston are rated “satisfactory” 46 percent of teachers … Continue reading

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A Superintendent’s Visit and a Teaching Fellow’s Challenge

Dr. Carol Johnson, Boston Public Schools’ superintendent, made an appearance and a speech a couple of Fridays ago at our Massachusetts regional staff meeting. Dr. Johnson is a year into her five-year strategic plan for Boston Public Schools (BPS), hoping to close … Continue reading

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Inside School Turnarounds, by Laura Pappano… Citizen Schools and Me

Last year we had a lot of visitors at the Garfield. As a first-year fellow, at first these visits were pretty unnerving; it was a good day for me if all of my students stayed in their seats for my … Continue reading

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And now a word from our founder…

Citizen Schools’ Co-Founder and CEO talks with Rahim Kanani in the Huffington Post.  Here’s an excerpt: Rahim Kanani: In terms of non-profit leadership and management, what have been some of the major milestones since the organization’s inception in terms of … Continue reading

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