The New York State Education Department recently unveiled the final draft of the state’s accountability plan, as required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The biggest goal in the new accountability plan is to broaden how school success is measured, reaching beyond test scores and graduation rates. One new accountability indicator the State was considering, evaluating schools on their efforts to teach an integrated, diverse population, was not included in the final state accountability plan but the State has indicated it is continuing to consider how such a measure could be included.Read more
A good, healthy debate on education is highly valuable and worth the work. The more people discuss and learn about different school models, curricula, instructional methods, and other aspects that can help children succeed, the better off society will be.
For Rochester, the conversation is particularly important. Fixing the school system is paramount to ensuring the city has a bright future and can continue its long record as a cradle of innovation.Read more
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) recently released an update to its model charter school law, a set of policy recommendations for states without a charter school law, or one in need of improvement. First published in 2009, the 2016 version proposes a number of new policies and approaches to legislating charters in light of seven-plus years of evidence and growth. You can read the model law here.Read more
A recent study conducted by researchers at NYU examined student perceptions of teachers, breaking the results down by the teachers' race. I'm fascinated by a review of the data published by WNYC.
It turns out all students, from every racial background, rated Latino and Black teachers more highly than white teachers. Of course, this does not diminish the contribution of white teachers, but it does offer a great deal to the conversations that many charter schools are having about how to diversify their classrooms.Read more
Two years ago, five brave families from Western New York made history, fighting for their children and for tens of thousands of children just like them across New York State who are being treated unfairly and unconscionably.Read more
As the fight for economic and educational justice continues, an important lawsuit on equitable funding for charter-school students is moving through New York’s courts and faces a critical moment.
The case is being heard upstate but its outcome will affect every charter-school student in Harlem, Brooklyn, The Bronx and across the state.Read more
There are tons of great charter schools in New York and Connecticut going above and beyond for their students. This means staving off the summer slide, either with an extended year or a robust program to keep their students engaged in these summer months. In our final piece, see how DREAM Charter School helped their students grow in the summer months!
As we approach the end of the summer, we have one last story of an incredible charter school doing great work with their students in the months that many schools are off.
The DREAM Charter School summer program sounds like just that – a dream program for kids of all ages!
There are tons of great charter schools in New York and Connecticut going above and beyond for their students. This means staving off the summer slide, either with an extended year or a robust program to keep their students engaged in these summer months. Kids at Invictus Preparatory Charter School in Brooklyn beat the summer slide with an excellent program that kept them active both physically and mentally.
For kids attending Invictus Preparatory Charter School in Brooklyn, summer has been a time for students to expand their horizons both inside the classroom and out. Through a collaboration with the Italian American Civil Rights League (IACRL), the school’s summer program was held under the theme of "A Better Me" and focused on maximizing mental and physical health. It included academics, field trips and key relationship building to build up the students’ academics and the school’s culture.Read more
There are tons of great charter schools in New York and Connecticut going above and beyond for their students. This means staving off the summer slide, either with an extended year or a robust program to keep their students engaged in these summer months. For students at Broome Street Academy in Soho, incorporating technology into the arts made for an exciting summer program.
With today’s constantly changing and evolving world, making sure students are equipped with 21st century skills is becoming more and more important each day. For students at Broome Street Academy Charter High School in Soho, summer was a time to learn and hone those skills. Thanks to a summer program you wouldn’t find at most schools, breaking the summer slide was a fun and incomparable experience.Read more
Rochester charter school uses strong community partnerships – and an Olympian – to make summer learning fun
There are tons of great charter schools in New York and Connecticut going above and beyond for their students. This means staving off the summer slide, either with an extended year or a robust program to keep their students engaged in these summer months. Discovery Charter School in Rochester made summer learning fun thanks to two great programs.
What do Olympians, Rochester grad students, and the local library all have in common? All three were an integral part of Discovery Charter School’s summer learning program. With different activities focusing on literacy, reading, physical activity and developing social skills, a group of the K-6 school’s students got to keep the summer slide at bay in exciting ways.Read more