Teaching Arabic on Staten Island

Walking down the halls of Lavelle Prep Charter School on Staten Island, you hear the typical energy and excitement of a bustling New York City school. One surprising sound is that of students learning and speaking Arabic. For the past 2 years, Lavelle Prep has been enrolled in the Teachers of Critical Languages (TCLP) program granted by the U.S. Department … Continue reading Teaching Arabic on Staten Island


Progress on Elementary Teacher Training, But a Long Way to Go

Teacher training in the US has been a crapshoot. Sometimes when hiring 1st year teachers you said “crap” and sometimes you said, “shoot.”  Kidding, … with a myriad of programs, some online, some with quality intern experiences and content, and others cranking out degrees en masse for the right price, separating the wheat from the … Continue reading Progress on Elementary Teacher Training, But a Long Way to Go


A Missed Presidential Moment on the “Trump Effect”

It doesn’t matter who you voted for, if you are listening to the stories from schools, you can’t feel good.  The so called “Trump Effect” the empowering of bigoted and hateful bullying in schools has radically increased since the election.  The Southern Poverty Law Center highlighted this in a recent report, The Trump Effect: The … Continue reading A Missed Presidential Moment on the “Trump Effect”