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Simplifying The American Teacher

 

I went and saw the documentary, American Teacher, on Friday night. The movie profiles several teachers across the country in their quest to survive in their chosen career. Every teacher faces the challenges of long hours, minimal…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on October 2, 2011 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Teach, no, Raise Our Kids

The season premiere of the talk show Ellen, featured a principal from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her elementary school has a high concentration of homeless students and students qualifying for free lunch. She took it upon herself to seek donations to give out clothing, school supplies,  bedding, household supplies and pay electricity bills.

 

She talked about her first few days as a principal in this school. She says that she noticed students putting packets of ketchup in their pockets…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on September 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Unmasking History

First it was the summer reading of Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston. It was the first time I saw a book written by an African-American on a book list. I read it the summer before 11th grade in a few days. Once we returned to school everyone who read the book met together. This was the first time I met Mrs. McCreath. The room only had a few students but we sat and talked about the journey of young Zora and her… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on August 12, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Art Imitating Mentor

When the novelist Ralph Ellison reached Harlem on July 5, 1936, he stayed at the Black artist-haven YMCA on 135th Street. The next day in the lobby he would meet Langston Hughes. Months later Hughes would introduce Ellison to Richard Wright. Although Ellison wrote… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 22, 2011 at 9:18am — No Comments

Crossing Over Perceptions



School is still in session for GED students and I've been busy supporting instructors.



On Monday I was walking from the train to a GED site in the Bronx. I ran into a former student standing in front of an apartment building. She told me she passed the last regents exam that was alluding her and was headed to college in…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 15, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Escaping Education Indepedence in the Islands

Looking out of the $2 van taking us through the streets of Cayman Islands, I see a group of school girls playing soccer. There are about eight girls in red plaid dresses with white socks and black shoes kicking the ball to each other. The dirt and grass stains seem to deflect off their clothes in the hot sun. It is the final days of the school year.



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In the past month I've visited Cayman Islands and Mexico. I spent my time reading extensively about Haiti.



I'm not… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 8, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Summer Learning Leap

Aspiration

Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I do

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I can dream can I be

-Karen Rawn


This inscription is part of statue in Heroes' Square in Georgetown,… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 7, 2011 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Let them Eat Tests*



Equity [ek-wi-tee]: –noun, plural -ties.

1. the quality of being fair or impartial

2. a justice according to natural law or right; specifically: freedom from bias or favoritism



New York City is the largest school system in the United States, with over 1.1 million students taught in… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on June 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hungry Hippos of Hutto



Texas.

No common core adaptation.

No Race to the Top ambitions.

No problems?

 

If you look at any ranking of the best schools in the country, schools from Texas are prevalent. However, the state also is home to some of the lowest-performing schools and districts in the country.

 

So how do…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on June 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Five Lessons for Ed Reformers from the Freedom Riders



On Monday, May 16, 2011, PBS honored the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom Riders by premiering a documentary highlighting the journey.

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on May 19, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Ed Reform State Worth Watching



Vermont is considered one of the smartest states in the country. I agree. But it’s not because of their college degrees, graduation rates and test scores but it’s because of their approach to…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on May 16, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

I Know A Teacher....

Photo By Emilio Macalalad



Nature is beating us, leaving land barren.



On an island of Hawaii, a flower has blossomed from a lava-filled land.



meet the supernatural.



thank you to my teacher friends who continue to beat nature.



creating from…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on May 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

 

 

In the United States, more black men ages 18 to 24 live in prison cells than college dorms according to US census data.

 

In my last year as principal a parent asked me to come to court. Her son, a student at our school, was in trouble. I had seen this young man come through orientation. He came to the school as a quiet student and…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on April 20, 2011 at 10:45pm — No Comments

Harlem is Not For Sale



I noticed this sign as my family was walking an alternate route back from our daughter's PreK. We had to go a different direction because President Barack Obama was part of a $30,000 a plate dinner at Red Rooster organized by the Democratic National Convention.



This sign was a culmination of a week of mail that included flyers from the following…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on April 1, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Why I Support Teachers Unions

For the past four years I was a principal in a NYC unionized school. Although my relationships with my union representative and the majority of the union members were positive, it was difficult.



  • I had to limit class offerings to fit into the ‘no more than 3 subjects taught by a teacher’ rule


  • I had to shorten the ideal length of the school day to fit into 6…
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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on March 23, 2011 at 5:24pm — 3 Comments

Reforming the Reform in Newark

Newark residents are angry and they should be. Although the Newark Public Schools' strategic plan outlined that new school options were coming they didn't know when and they were left in the dark.

 

For years I experienced and witnessed school reform in NYC. The new schools movement spearheaded by Michele Cahill was a good one. New York City was plagued with large…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on March 18, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Public Educator. Private Parent

I am a public school educator.

I am a Harlem mother.

I am a charter school parent.

I am a private school parent.

 

I am a result of the bounce of the lottery ball.

 

I am New York, NY.

 

January 2006 was the best time of my life. After a difficult pregnancy my daughter was brought into the world, healthy and beautiful. I was excited about being a mom.

 

I was also thinking about her future. Where would she go to…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on March 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Five Reasons to Thank a Black Female Educator

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary." - Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "The Miseducation of the Negro"



It has been less than 200 years since it was…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 28, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Balancing Charlestown

"...a racially imbalanced school is not educationally harmful."

—Louise Day Hicks, Boston School Committee, 1974


The Boston Public Schools is the oldest public school system in America, founded in 1647. It is also the home of the nation's first public, elementary and high schools.



Up…
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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Shut Out: A Dozen Facts About NYC's Specialized High Schools

In 1904, the most coveted school in New York City opened its doors, named after Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New Netherland. By 1938,… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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