Category Archives: Inspirations

The Empathy Gap and How to Fill It – Education Week

Teachers, parents, and school leaders have a role in fostering student empathy, particularly when children are very young, writes Jessica Sager.

Source: The Empathy Gap and How to Fill It – Education Week

Professional learning communities bring benefits for teachers, students | Education Dive

When Florida’s Gamble Rogers Middle School developed a PLC, teachers got the benefit of collaboration and student achievement went up.

Source: Professional learning communities bring benefits for teachers, students | Education Dive

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My inspiration to become an education administrator originates from my desire to be an education leader. During the seven years I have worked as a teacher in New York City, I have always had an emp…

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ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained

The ESSA is in many ways a U-turn from the current, much-maligned version of the ESEA law, the No Child Left Behind Act. Source: ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained

Source: ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained

ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained

The ESSA is in many ways a U-turn from the current, much-maligned version of the ESEA law, the No Child Left Behind Act.

Source: ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained

Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City – The New York Times

By helping Success Academy continue its expansion, the gift, from the hedge fund manager John Paulson and his wife, Jenny, could add pressure on the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to find space for the new schools or to pay toward their rent.

Ms. Moskowitz has plans to grow to 70 schools within five or six years, and last year, she said she would like to have 100 schools within 10 years.The hedge fund manager John Paulson, who with his wife, Jenny, gave the money.

But Success Academy’s growth has posed a problem for the de Blasio administration. Under a law passed last year in Albany, the city will have to either find space for the new schools in public school buildings or pay a portion of their rent.

via Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City – The New York Times.

In reading this article, I caution that we need to know the facts regarding the data. Public schools do not have the option of sending away students who don’t perform, or have behavior issues, or create overcrowding. Public schools honor free and public education for everyone. The April 6, 2015 New York Times article uncovers some of the punitive measures the Success schools use in order to keep scores up. Teachers are overworked, fear tactics are in place for underperformers, and students who didn’t make the grade suffer. I believe for charter schools to work, an accountability system has to be in place that’s honest about statistics. The Success Academy scores are high, but at what price?

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My Inspiration to be an Educational Leader

My inspiration to become an education administrator originates from my desire to be an education leader. During the seven years I have worked as a teacher in New York City, I have always had an empathetic relationship with my students, leading, motivating, and helping them with the support of their parents. However, I believe that I could do more than teach one class at a time, as I consider it to be my personal mission to work with children schoolwide in order to help them to find their true calling in life. I believe that this is the reason why I can be an excellent educational leader.

I am convinced that being an educational leader takes strong conviction, personal empowerment, and a willingness to seek out learning experiences beyond the school and district. I grew up holding a high regard for academics, believing that the only way to truly find freedom was through knowledge. My passion for learning has given me an enthusiasm for life, a drive for understanding the world, and an appreciation of everyone’s contributions within it. It is has always been my goal to generate a positive energy that is so contagious that others are inspired to excel.

In my previous career as an Art Director, I traveled the world developing products working with people to reach business goals within strict deadlines. Through that experience I learned that both teamwork and decisiveness are key elements in leadership. As a life long learner, I am eager to develop my leadership skills and my knowledge of current educational trends and research to guide my actions. I am passionate about being proactive in spending time as an educational leader to shape ideas, change attitudes, and to challenge others within the learning community to do their best in order to maintain high expectations and maximize the talents of others.

In my experience, educational leadership is a combination of art, science and human nature. For me, this began as an innate process, which is continuing to evolve and refine over time. What is most important for me is making decisions in a moral and ethical manner. I know that leadership strategies and practices need to adapt to the various dynamic environments, but what I’ve found most important is to have a moral compass to direct important decision-making and to guide my actions towards ethical behavior.

My vision for student achievement begins with my commitment to teaching the whole child. As an assistant principal, I will encourage all adult interactions within the school community to mirror this philosophy and act as models of respect and integrity for students. In doing so, I will support my school in continuing to offer not only a strong academic foundation, but also a rich social and emotional experience so that children receive a well-rounded education. I believe the school community must strive to inspire students to be not only lifelong learners, but also conscientious citizens.

I understand the importance of building strong relationships with the teachers, students, and parents, and it is with these relationships that a shared vision can nurture the successes that have already been made within the school community, and do the work necessary to move the school forward. Across the disciplines, I’d like to develop rich programs that stimulate our students’ interests. Our children have a richer educational experience when they can learn from, and help, those around them.

As an educational leader, I will address the challenges facing my school and my district through the recruitment, training, evaluation and ongoing development of our staff. I will support my superintendent in ensuring that parents, community members, and teachers have a strong vested interest in a shared vision, and co-own the outcomes produced by our school. I will actively engage all stakeholders in fulfilling this mission and enact the vision of all students succeeding in our school.

My belief that all students can succeed, my experience in creating learning communities, and my vision for student achievement qualify me as an excellent school leader who is dedicated to support your districtwide programs and initiatives. I look forward to discussing your vision for student learning, and would appreciate the opportunity to explore ways I can support your efforts to ensure every student in your school will become successful as a learner, a productive member of the school community, and college and career ready.

This Is For the Kids

This is for the kids who made me cry.  Who wore me out, who tore me down.  This is for the kids who wondered why.   Who dared to speak, who dared to question.  This is for the kids that didn’t give up, that saw something in me I would have never seen myself.  Who questioned persistently, who had the audacity to say they were bored.  And who never ever thought that school should be about the teachers and not about the kids.

Those kids that may be “hard” to teach.  Those kids that are definitely hard to reach.  Those kids with their chips, their baggage, their grudges.  Who couldn’t think that this was what school was meant to be, who didn’t believe that it couldn’t get better.  Who pushed me and pulled me, who got angry at times.  This is for you kids, and I hope you know who…

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