It was late in the evening when I opened Ms. Salerno’s email. Attached to it were samples of first-grade children’s writing about Africa. These were full-page texts with deliberate leads, a variety of details, and conclusions. Capitalization of sentences and proper nouns, along with punctuation, were not only present but correct. The texts were written in response to the curriculum and demonstrated knowledge about the African continent that the children had learned. As I read the work, I wondered about
Today marks the National School Day of Non-Violence and Peace. As stated in last week’s newsletter, the entire school district is joining the City of Newark in reciting the peace pledge at 10am today.
“On this National School Day of Non-Violence and Peace, we pledge to work towards a more peaceful world for all. We pledge to promote non-violence, respect for human rights, and understanding of different cultures and perspectives. We will combat hate, discrimination, and violence
In collaboration with the City of Newark, the district is participating in the National School Day of Non-Violence and Peace on Monday, January 30, 2023. This LINK contains a list of activities that you may select from as you prepare for January 30th. However, if you decide to create your own activity, it must be approved by your principal and/or direct supervisor. We would love to read what you planned by submitting it HERE. It is the expectation that all students participate in an activity
Superintendent León envisioned a system of experiences for each child that extended learning. The goal of these extended classroom experiences is for students to deepen learning. Three extended classroom experiences for all students have been designed. You are the bridge between the learning in the classroom and the field. The matrix that outlines these experiences by grade level can be found here.
Welcome back. We hope that you enjoyed the holiday and feel unhurried and rested. I want to highlight two residencies for teachers that are upcoming and highly recommended.
The Office of English Language Arts, in collaboration with the Newark Teachers Union, is offering paid ($41/hour) 90-minute Guided Reading workshops for 2 to 3 consecutive weeks for K-5 teachers to design and manage meaningful small group literacy experiences in the classroom. Location will be shared with registrants. You can find more information
“S..L..O..W.. it all down. Pause from your full calendar and long task list. Take a moment or ten- to simply be. To remind yourself that this is life, right here and right now. To reacquaint yourself with your pulsing heart and your incredible body that allows you to do all that you do. To remember that life is precious and fragile and should be lived in love. To remind yourself that whatever is happening or wherever you find yourself in your journey, it is all as it is supposed to be.” -Nikki Banas
I had occasion this weekend to visit several high schools as they welcomed and began teaching junior year students at Saturday Academies. What struck me as being most profound was the community among students, administrators, teachers, and security guards that fueled interest and attendance. The familiarity and friendliness shown by students in cafeterias, hallways, and classrooms reminded me that the sum of teaching is always greater than what we might initially calculate. Since the report, “A Nation
This week, I want to share Peter Liljedahl’s Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12 (2021) with you. It is a must read.
Liljedahl’s research codifies necessary changes/revisions for educators to make to develop students’ thinking as the primary purpose of class. Liljedahl contrasts “studenting” with thinking. Studenting are behaviors that lead students to completing tasks efficiently by following directions, answering questions, filling in worksheets, following protocols, as opposed to actually
A few of us in Teaching and Learning are reading Choosing to See: A Framework for Equity in the Math Classroom by Pamela Seda and Kendall Brown. Early in the text the authors write:
“Traditional classrooms reinforce the idea that the teacher is the arbiter of knowledge who dispenses to those who dutifully follow their instructions. The culturally relevant teacher, however, does not view knowledge as static, but
This past week, the Council of Great City Schools held its 66th Annual Fall Conference. This organization brings together 77 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities.
The district is proud to share that Director Marisol Diaz and Special Assistant Jazleen Othman presented how Newark Public Schools are preventing reading difficulties. District leaders from across the country were introduced to the