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Oct 31 2012

My Review of ‘Teaching In The Terrordome’

I love a great teaching memoir, and Heather Kirn, a TFA alum (Baltimore ’02), just published one called ‘Teaching In The Terrordome’ about her two years in a large high-poverty Baltimore High School.  For what this book was trying to accomplish, it did a great job.  Kirn skillfully conveys to the intended reader how difficult…

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Now that ‘Won’t Back Down’ has become one of the biggest bombs in film history, we can forget about it and enjoy a new documentary called ‘Brooklyn Castle’ about the celebrated Chess team from Brooklyn Middle School I.S. 318.  I’ve only seen the preview so far, but already know that this is going to be…

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In this post I’m going to write first about a mistake that a new TFAer in Minnesota made and then about a related, and even bigger mistake that I made during my fourth year.  His mistake is not one that I’m blaming on anybody, not him, and not TFA, but it is something that made…

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I’ve been writing about teaching for twenty years.  This blog post has a chronology of all the published writings, radio, and TV I’ve done.  With a recent publication, I realized that I was starting to lose track so I’d make a page with links like this which I can update in the future so there…

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In a bizarre statement, somewhat akin to Arne Duncan’s famous utterance about Katrina being the ‘best’ thing that ever happened to New Orleans schools, is something that NY city Chief Academic Officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky, said about the latest round of New York City school closings. Last year 116 elementary and middle schools had gotten an…

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Attention current TFA corps members: Three Teach For America alumnae need your help with some research!   My name is Marialena Rivera, and I am currently a PhD student at the University of California – Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education as well as a TFA alumna (NYC ’07). I am working as a graduate student…

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