February 2015 - Practice Makes Perfect

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Preparing Our Future Educators

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Teacher education has always been of interest to me. Blessed with both traditional and non-traditional education courses, I felt very prepared as I stepped into my 9th grade history classroom in the Bronx. However, looking back at my years teaching in public schools and training aspiring educators with Practice Makes Perfect, I am left wondering […]

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Solving the Teacher Retention Crisis

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The economic implications associated with the teacher retention crisis are huge. At-risk students living in poor neighborhoods suffer the most. The financial cost of the turnover has been estimated to be $2.2 billion a year. The costs are largely associated with recruiting, orienting, training, and developing new hires. Not surprisingly, 40 to 50 percent of new teachers leave […]

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Empowering Youth Through Community Involvement

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In the education field, the blame game is played by both insiders and outsiders. “Our kids are failing because the teachers are not teaching them.” “Our kids are failing because their parents don’t care.” We often forget that there are multiple stakeholders in a young person’s development. Instead of playing this blame game between parents […]

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