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Ethical Environments: Robotics

By Carlo Vidrini

Throughout my two decades teaching,  ethics has been central to what I view as my dual role of educator and mentor. Ethics, from the Greek “ethos,” meaning “character,”  comprise the principles and priorities that govern people’s actions and their relationships with others. What follows is an account of an effort to create on […]

October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

NY Opens the Door to SEL

By Jon Moscow

In August, the New York State Education Department published Social Emotional Learning: Essential for Learning, Essential for Life, a detailed document calling for all NYS schools to incorporate social emotional learning into their daily instructional practice with fidelity and district-wide support.  The linked Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks, however, are voluntary, and the authors […]

October 16th, 2018|Equality, SEL, Uncategorized|

Critical Care, Cultural Humility and the Reflective Practitioner

By Anthony De Jesús

As a social work educator trained as an education researcher, my understanding of the work of practitioners in schools and other community settings is informed by a number of conceptual frameworks. My practice career as a school social worker and my identity as a Latinx/Diasporican scholar have also informed the research questions […]

April 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

All Students Deserve an Education in the Arts

By Adán Vásquez

How do we, as educators and active participants in society, ensure that all children, not just those parents have money for elite schools, receive music and art education? How did music and other arts become expendable subjects? How can we get decision-makers to see that that the arts are just as important as […]

January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Devastating Impacts of Homelessness on Learning

By Blanca Battino

In 2015-2016, one in every 10 children was homeless, up six percent from the year before. That’s more than 111,500 New York City schoolchildren and, as The New York Times pointed out, “enough to populate a small city.” The Coalition for the Homeless (2017) reports that, with NYC in the worst crisis of homelessness […]

January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Toward an Ethical Disciplinary Process for Teachers

By Catlin Preston

I have told this story of my “disappearance” too many times and yet not often enough in forums that might lead to change. The NYC Department of Education (DOE) disciplinary process for teachers in its current form is deeply unethical, with damaging effects on teachers, students, and schools. Unfortunately, my own experience is […]

September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s Not Personal: Moving from Individual Racial Incidents to Organizational Racial Conflict

By Dr. Blanca E. Vega

Racism in higher education is often conceptualized as a student or individualized problem. If institutions of higher education are serious about making progress in this arena, however, they need to view racial conflict not as a personal problem but as an organizational issue, where all stakeholders are accountable for the racial […]

June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Art of Social Justice: Behold the beautiful struggle!

The Museum as Ethics Classroom

By Adjoa Jones de Almeida

On February 9, 2017, a few weeks after Trump’s presidential inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, the Brooklyn Museum held a historic gathering, entitled “Defending Immigrant Rights: A Brooklyn Call to Action.” The auditorium was packed to capacity and the energy in the room was palpable. […]

June 6th, 2017|Equality, Racism, Uncategorized|

Keynote Address: Teaching Ethics in Inequitable Times

By Khary Lazarre-White

October 28, 2016

Good evening everyone. Hello, hello. You heard from the Peace Poets before, I normally have a policy of never following the Peace Poets, they go after me. We spoke at NYU on Monday and I made the great, brilliant decision to go first and then they closed it down. You’ve already […]

January 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

John Dewey: Educative Experiences

By Keturah Wahrmann-Harry

Upon entering the early education program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in 2015, I believed there existed a (cultural) tension between progressive pedagogy and its reflection of what seemed to me as middle-upper class white American values versus the more traditional educational styles and methods of teacher-directed instruction and practices.  In […]

January 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Transitional Chapter Series Books

By Kiersten Greene

A first grader reaches for a book on the shelf in her classroom at a mid-sized city school in New York’s Hudson Valley. She finds herself in that sweet developmental spot when reading fluency is building, and sounding out words today takes less time than it did yesterday. She has already devoured all […]

January 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Student Voice: The Value of “What do you think?”

By Hebh Jamal

The greatest question any authoritative figure can ask a child or a student. Inclusivity in all aspects of decision making is vital, but it is most important in our schools.

I would like to consider myself a youth activist working to diversify a segregated school system, and yet while legislation is the ultimate goal […]

September 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Invisible Parent Involvement within the NYC High School Admissions Process

By Madeline Pérez De Jesus

I walked into an Upper East Side public middle school and my first stop was the teachers’ lounge where Jane, the Parent Coordinator, waved. She was unable to give me her attention, though, as the phones were ringing off the hook that morning. I was able to hear only her end […]

September 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|