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Many of you may or may not realize, but I’m a teacher mommy. I often keep the teacher portion out of my blog because I started my blog to escape from my profession. I’m sure this probably sounds horrible, but let me explain. I’m a reading specialist in an urban school district in the state of NY that has seen tons of change in administration. The majority of my students receive free or reduced lunch. Many of my students and their families live in housing projects and struggle on a daily basis. I work hard at my profession to develop my craft and understand the needs of each my students, but we as educators are failing our students and becoming stagnant. If you live in NY state you are most likely aware of the state assessments that are given to students starting in 3rd grade, that many people feel restricts teachers because some teachers feel it is necessary to teach to the test. The reality is, that in order for our children to succeed, we need to move our students more than one grade level in academic ability during a single school year. I often feel frustrated, but I’m invigorated with hope when I’m given the opportunity to develop professionally with my colleagues on new research that is showing significant increases in academic progress. One of the success stories that I heard of was a charter school in Harlem that worked with a similar population. I saw the movie Waiting for Superman with some of my colleagues and felt I could empower my school to give the students what they needed. The truth of the matter, is that policy makers and administrators need to give teachers the opportunity to develop their craft through research based methods. The book Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz amplifies the need for strong professional development so that teachers can be at the top of their game.
Moskowitz also amplifies the role that parents play in their child’s education. As a parent I am wary of the time when I will need to send Riley to school because I am going to want to hand pick my daughter’s teacher. Why should my child sit in a classroom with an ineffective teacher? In the Success Academies that Moskowitz put together, the teachers work together to teach at a higher level so that their students succeed. The schools have an open door policy for parents to observe a teacher at any time and in return the parents are expected to work with their child every day at home to push them forward in their studies. The most important piece to the Success Academies is the pace at which the teachers are expected to move. There are high expectations for the students because they are on the route to college. The families that send their children to the Success Academies struggle with the same issues that my students’ parents struggle with, but they are committed to providing their children with a better life. A life of success.
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I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine.