The Learning Communities Project: The small origins of large-scale school reform in Mexico


A Talk by Dr. Gabriel Cámara Cervera
November 12, 2014, 1pm – 2pm, Carman Hall, B-04
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Dr. Gabriel Cámara Cervera is an internationally recognized Mexican educator and expert on alternative models for basic education. Dr. Cámara has pioneered the development of “tutorial networks,” a classroom-based approach to school reform built on 1:1 dialogue-focused “tutorial relationships.” Over the course of his career, Dr. Cámara has worked in various private and public education systems, including the Intensive Basic Education Centers (Centros de Educación Básica Intensiva) for young urban dropouts (1980-1984) and the Post-primary Centers (1996-2003) in small rural communities in Mexico.Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 9.33.48 AM

Dr. Cámara’s recent publications include: Otra Educación Básica es Posible (2008), Enseñar y Aprender con Interés (2006), Comunidad de Aprendizaje: Cómo Hacer de la Educación Básica un Bien Valioso y Compartido (2004), all three published by Siglo XXI Editores. Also, Learning for Life in Mexican Rural Communities: The CONAFE Post-primary Centers, CONAFE (2003) and “The small origins of a large-scale school reform”, in Helen J. Malone (ed) (2013) Leading Educational Change, Teachers College Press, N.Y.

Jessica Anderson, Lehman Alumna, Provides a Model Site for UPK Initiative


Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 4.13.09 PMKiderific Nursery School is a private school in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx that serves children from 2 to 5 years of age.  Jessica Anderson graduated from the Lehman College Early Childhood Education Program in May 2009 and is owner, director, and head teacher at Kiderific.  In 2010, Kiderific obtained a contract with the City of New York to provide Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) classes and in 2014 expanded to provide a full day UPK program. Kiderific’s partnership with the New York City Department of Education afforded the school the opportunity to participate in the Work Sampling System, an exemplary research-based authentic assessment system, in which students’ progress is documented through anecdotal records and student work.

The Kiderific curriculum consists of thematic units that directly connect to the Common Core State Standards.  The teachers address specific standards and work towards School Readiness Goals in their activities and lessons.  The Kiderific curriculum addresses seven domains: social/emotional, language/literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and physical/health.  The data from The Work Sampling System is then used to determine how students specifically and Kiderific generally are progressing toward meeting School Readiness Goals. The Kiderific curriculum provides guidance for differentiating teaching for students with special behavior, linguistic, or learning needs.  Each child is allowed to develop at his/her own pace.

In addition to her roles at Kiderific, Jessica is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Early Childhood/Childhood Education Department at Lehman College.  Her Lehman education has provided her with the tools both to grow her Kiderific program and to give back to the School of Education.  New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña recently acknowledged Jessica’s hard work at Kiderific and dedication to early childhood education during a visit to the school.

Pictured (left to right): Amanda Herrera, Alissa Rivera, Maria Noll, Carmen Fariña, Jessica Anderson, Stephanie Rivera

 

Educational Leadership Professor Rivera-McCutchen Targets High Stakes Testing and Common Core Impact on PK-12


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Sponsored by the Network for Public Eduction, “Public Education Nation”event on October 11th featured several panels including one on Testing and Common Core. NYS Principal of the Year Carol Burris lead a discussion with educators Dr. Rosa L. Rivera-McCutchen, Takeima Bunche-Smith, and Dr. Alan Aja on the impact of high-stakes testing and the Common Core on PK-12.

Dr. Rivera-McCutchen’s talk (Video timestamp 16:45) drew from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail to provide a framework for moral leadership in examining power and privilege in resisting high-stakes tests and the Common Core.

Finding Her Way as a New Pre-K Teacher


ScreenShot2014-10-06at11.43.49AM_000Listen to the WNYC interview or read the article by Robin Shulman. This is the next chapter in a series about CUNY Lehman College’s new pre-kindergarten teacher training program! From Friday, October 3, 2014

Teacher Ruby Miree takes her pre-k class on a walk (Robin Shulman/WNYC)

Basic Training for Pre-K Teachers!


cuny-warleyListen to the WNYC interview or read the article by Robin Shulman about CUNY Lehman College’s new pre-kindergarten teacher training program! From Thursday, August 14, 2014 As a project in her CUNY program, Tahese Warley made a diorama showing a pre-k classroom layout. (Robin Shulman/WNYC)

Chancellor Fariña’s Remarks on Vision for NYC Schools


On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Chancellor Fariña shared her vision for NYC schools. She states, “We are looking beyond test scores and focusing on making sure that each school has what it needs for sustained and continuous growth. And we have developed a framework that mirrors the essential elements we see in schools that continually improve.” Read the full speech >>

School of Education Student from Poster to Profession!


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After a full year of teaching 4th grade, School of Education Alumna Krystal Mejia returned to Lehman College to pick up her 2013 undergraduate diploma and finally saw a poster of her edTPA video work decorating the walls of Carman Hall! Admitttedly picking up her diploma a little later than planned, Krystal recalled her first year of teaching as both rewarding and challenging. She spoke highly about the Common Core curriculum resources available on the EngageNY website and reflected on the “assessment” section of her edTPA requirements and how they impacted her teaching and student learning. Kudos to Krystal!

As teachers across NYC begin to get ready for incoming students in September, the School of Education wishes Krystal and all our alumni a successful academic year — one filled with learning, growth and mastery.