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April 1, 2014
Students across New York City began high-stakes testing today - or at least most of them did. Parents from three Brooklyn schools announced that 80% of students at the schools had opted out of the…
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March 30, 2014
Here's a 7-step process your students can use to practice their problem-solving skills - and solve an actual problem while they're at it!   1.  Have students list as many classroom problems as they…
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March 26, 2014
In a recent letter to principals, New York City's new chancellor, Carmen Farina, emphasizes educating the whole child.   As testing season nears, Farina notes that "the best preparation for the test…
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March 15, 2014
ASCD has included Morningside Center's TeachableMoment.org website on its helpful list of resources for teaching controversial issues. We know that teachers often avoid "hot-button" topics because…
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March 12, 2014
Physical fighting can be a difficult issue in schools, particularly middle schools.  This activity was developed to address the issue of fighting, and to link it to the question of how safe children…
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March 11, 2014
Kay Pranis will be a keynote speaker at our COURAGEOUS SCHOOLS CONFERENCE on May 17.  She is a national leader in restorative justice and peacemaking circles.    Pranis works…
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March 11, 2014
Shaka Senghor will be a keynote speaker at our upcoming COURAGEOUS SCHOOLS CONFERENCE on May 17. He is a writer, mentor and speaker who uses his personal story to inspire young people at high…
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February 5, 2014
This year's Courageous Schools Conference is coming up! Date:     Saturday, May 17, 2014Place:    Bank Street College, 610 W. 112th St., NYC   The theme of this year's conference will be…
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February 5, 2014
In this activity students propose actions for addressing social injustices and look at ways that other young people have responded to injustice. Divide students into groups of four.  Each group…
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January 23, 2014
Here's a fun way to get students working and strategizing together. It's adapted from Adventures in Peacemaking, by William J. Kreidler.   Materials: 12 paper plates, carpet sections or place mats…