Author Archives: KM212

About KM212

I am an experienced educator with ten years of experience in urban education. I have worked in both district and charter schools in New York City and Chicago, IL. I believe strongly in the need to reform America's education system, and I'm constantly searching for new ideas about how to best meet the needs of our country's most under-served kids. All kids are OUR kids.

How do we End Segregation in the Poorest Cities?

In a report released last month by the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, researchers urged policymakers to make changes that would address the issue of diversity in early childhood education. The report cited research … Continue reading

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Teachers Are Superheroes

As teacher appreciation week comes to an end, I hope that we have all taken some appropriate time to reflect on the role teachers have played in our lives. One week is truly not enough to appreciate all they do, … Continue reading

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Our Girls Deserve Better: Gender (In)Equity in 2015

As it is the year 2015, the quest for equal rights for men and women has sure come a long way since the women’s suffrage movement that led to the 19th Constitutional Amendment in 1920. Today, our great grandparents would … Continue reading

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Lessons For Our Kids on Earth Day 2015

Today is Earth Day – designated as such because it marks the date signifying the beginning of the environmental movement in 1970. Since then, it has become a nationally recognized opportunity to engage in environmentally conscious activities like tree planting, energy conservation, … Continue reading

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Are We Over-Testing Our Kids?

Today, as thousands of students across NYC sit for the third day of the Common Core English Language Arts assessment, teachers are entering the time of the year when they get a chance to reflect and refine their practices. And … Continue reading

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Columbia University Class Confessions: Not A Prank

The talk of the social media arena this week is the recent launch of Columbia University Class Confessions, an anonymous Facebook page created by the university’s First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) as a space for first-generation and low-income students to discuss issues … Continue reading

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What Is A True 21st Century Education?

Education reform in the United States – and particularly the improvement of the U.S. education system as it compares to those of other countries – has been a priority in our country for decades. On the 2012 Program for International … Continue reading

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