Bill de Blasio's Schools Chancellor is Leaving: Who will Restore the Joy to Early Ed?

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Not long before New York City’s public schools closed for winter break, Katie Lapham posted to Twitter a drab black-and-white photograph of a testing manual she had found in her mailbox, the imprimatur of Carmen Fariña in the upper left-hand corner. An elementary school teacher and long-time critic of education policy, Lapham felt sick. “We will continue to refuse the tests,” she wrote, with the hashtag #OptOut2018.

Within days of the delivery, Fariña confirmed that she was stepping down from her perch as chancellor—four years after Bill de Blasio had coaxed her out of retirement to . . . Read full article →

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Michelle Gunderson on Teaching in the Time of Trump

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How are educators managing in these trying times? Reports from early childhood classrooms have been finding their way into Facebook posts. Many are filled with angst, and the heavy burden of explaining the unexplainable to the nation’s youngest students. Some offer moments of great transcendence—like the notes, below, from Michelle Gunderson.

A veteran first-grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and a doctoral student at Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction, Gunderson is a leader in the Chicago Teachers Union, where she honors the expertise of early childhood teachers, fighting for their rights through sane policies that support . . . Read full article →

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Ruben Brosbe Fights the Flood of Hate

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As Donald Trump ascends to the presidency and bias threatens our civil society, educators along the spectrum are searching for solutions. In Ruben Brosbe’s post, a revised version of a piece originally published at his blog, he harks back to Gloria Ladson-Billings’ groundbreaking work on culturally relevant pedagogy.

A former New York City Teaching Fellow and 2012 graduate of the the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Brosbe teaches fourth-graders in central Harlem. He is a founder of #TeachResistance and one of the authors of a toolkit including lesson plans and resources for . . . Read full article →

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Dear ECE, We Need to Talk about Racism

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As conversations about diversity and equity reach a fevered pitch, caregivers and teachers of young children are at the forefront, nurturing the littlest inhabitants of our human ecosystem. Income and racial inequality rule, health disparities are rife, racial bias rears its ugly head, and a rising tide of suspensions among Black preschoolers evokes thoughts of the school-to-prison pipeline.

Megan Madison, a doctoral student at Brandeis University, is leading this discussion at NAEYC’s Diversity and Equity Education for Adults Interest Forum. A former preschool teacher at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Chicago, . . . Read full article →

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