National Hot Dog Day, Kindergarten Math, and More

 “I’d rather hear it from an avatar.”

Who’s with us? We know the millions of teachers who use Voki worldwide can agree, but we’ll speak for ourselves—avatar technology rocks. 434 more words

Many NYC High Schools got treated badly by Bloomberg/Klein - when do we fix the damage?

My caucus brought the following resolution to the UFT Executive Board June 1, 2015 – 51 weeks ago. The Unity leadership tabled it, and never brought it back. 522 more words

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Resolution "For Appropriate Supervision"

This resolution was presented at the UFT Executive Board, and tabled for revisions. I wrote about it last week. Find below the actual text. 332 more words

New York

Sabbatical Applications Due March 17, 2016

This from the UFT Chapter Leader Update:  Eligible teachers who want to study to enhance their teaching skills have until March 17 to submit an application via SOLAS for a study… 224 more words



Lately all I’ve been posting here on my blog is poetry (thanks to all my new followers!) However, at one point this blog was mainly a journal about my teaching career. 415 more words


#TomPorton, Hero Teacher, retires

I’ll save the comments for later. These are Tom Portman’s words. Please read. – Jonathan

To all my friends and supporters:… It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I will be retiring from the New York City Department of Education on February 1, 2016. 706 more words


2 years in, 2 to go - it's time, it's past time, for de Blasio to clean house

Top priority should be cleaning house, now.
Get the remaining Kleinies and incompetents out of Tweed.
Audit principals with high staff turnover.

As 2015, de Blasio’s second year as mayor, closes, there’s not a lot to look back on. 623 more words

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