The Clorox By Dr. Seuss with the Lorax in a mask amongst Truffula trees and tissues

The Clorox: A Tale to Encourage Educators in the Pandemic

I put this story together as part of the introduction to our first virtual NYC Microsoft Meetup of the year where we brought together educators from across the city (and country) to have fun, build connections, and share knowledge. I hoped to encourage the teachers, especially in my district, who I know had been struggling … Continue reading The Clorox: A Tale to Encourage Educators in the Pandemic

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Disability and Democracy

Brief History of Disability in American Democracy As I am completing my poll worker training I am pondering what it is like for a person with a disability to exercise their rights in a democracy (or federal constitutional democratic republic for you social studies sticklers). People with disabilities have long been the most under-represented group … Continue reading Disability and Democracy

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Web Meeting Throwdown: Zoom vs. Hangouts Meet vs. Teams vs. WebEx (and More)

You can view related posts on where there is Hope in This Health Crisis, using video conferencing in schools, a focus on Remote Learning in Special Education, and Broader Educational Resources for Use During Quarantine. https://twitter.com/MrsDi/status/1246223766906077187?s=20 Everyone's online right now and web meeting platforms are all the rage. It's how families are staying in touch, … Continue reading Web Meeting Throwdown: Zoom vs. Hangouts Meet vs. Teams vs. WebEx (and More)

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Remote Learning in Special Education

Equity Having met educators from around the world, I've found that creating equity of access has been one of the key issues facing both large and small school districts. I have spoken in the past of the particular challenges and efforts for creating equity in New York City, a city that was literally designed with … Continue reading Remote Learning in Special Education

24 Insights From the 2019 #NYCSchoolsTech Summit

You can also find more info on the 2018 Summit. I was able to attend the NYC Schools Tech Summit again in its 7th year and was able to play an important role in the efforts of this year's summit which found a large portion of its focus on inclusion and accessibility. Given how deeply … Continue reading 24 Insights From the 2019 #NYCSchoolsTech Summit

New Visions Innovation Throwdown 2019

Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

https://youtu.be/wGeesJRDf2Q 2019 New Visions Throwdown So on the evening of the 31st, I presented on 21st-Century Learning at the 2019 New Visions Innovation Throwdown along with other educators. I will attempt to link the actual recording if that's possible, but here is what I covered. Below is additional information on related topics 21st-Century Learning: The … Continue reading Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

9 black and white images of alternately segregated and integrated schools.

Choosing the “Right” School (While Seeking Equity)

In a city of a million students with only 15% being white, how much of a role should equity play in our choice for the "right" school? Are those extra efforts by parents part of the problem or just reflective of a larger issue?

15 Insights From the NYC Summer STEM Institute

The NYCDOE once again held their summer institute to advance STEM Instruction. Last year, our former chancellor had a heated discussion with Neil DeGrasse-Tyson. It made it clear that we must confront science denial and the reasons why we are failing in math instruction. I strongly believe that hands-on STEM learning is crucial to successfully … Continue reading 15 Insights From the NYC Summer STEM Institute

18 Insights From The NYC Schools Tech Summit

This NYC Schools Tech Summit, which celebrated its 6th year, was a particularly pivotal year for the event with a new venue, new types of sessions, new vendor stations (now with actual room to walk), podcasts, and DeNora Getachew (her bio), the New York City Executive Director of Generation Citizen, as the keynote speaker. All of … Continue reading 18 Insights From The NYC Schools Tech Summit