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May 8, 2018
Video: Hopson seeks to clarify how Memphis teachers should teach new curriculums
More details for teachers are expected this summer on “preparing and customizing lessons.”
April 25, 2018
Eight things to know about Detroit’s big math and reading curriculum shift
Here’s what we know about the new materials and what we’ll be watching for in the months ahead.
March 19, 2018
Hopson promises more flexibility as Memphis school leaders clear the air with teachers on new curriculum
Though he didn't have specifics, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said teachers should not feel like they need to read from a script to meet district requirements.
November 2, 2017
A harder English curriculum arrives in Memphis elementary schools next week. Here’s how teachers are preparing.
Shelby County Schools is adding Expeditionary Learning to its curriculum mix as the district seeks to expose its students to more complex reading content.
January 29, 2014
As crises ebb, educators adjust to new Common Core curriculums
Midway through the first year with new Common Core-aligned teaching materials, some educators say they are fundamentally flawed. Even teachers who praise the materials say they require serious adjustments and threaten to leave many students behind.
November 9, 2013
Four city education groups win federal support to expand
The U.S. Department of Education is doling out funds to three city nonprofits and a university through its Investing in Innovation grant program. The NYC…
September 26, 2013
Schools mistakenly get comic books in latest curriculum snafu
When packages of long-awaited new books finally began arriving at some city schools over the past week, teachers and administrators eagerly ripped open the boxes. They were expecting to find a popular fantasy novel required for the first unit of study in their school's new Common Core curriculum. That's not what they found. "Instead we got the 50-page comic book version that you could read in an hour," said an administrator at a large Brooklyn middle school who had ordered hundreds of the 400-page version of "The Lightning Thief" for his sixth-graders. Union officials said several schools in Brooklyn and Queens reported having received the graphic novel in error. "The Lightning Thief" is the text for the first unit of a Common Core curriculum produced by Expeditionary Learning, which both the city and state endorsed. The novel is about a boy who goes "on a hero's journey" and was selected to help students understand literary elements of mythology and how characters respond to challenges, according to EngageNY.org, the state's resource for educators.
July 6, 2013
On Pinterest, examples of city students’ work
Expeditionary Learning, which operates schools in dozens of states, including 12 in New York City, posts examples of student work on Pinterest, the visual…
February 28, 2013
Newly hatched Common Core curriculums get city endorsement
For the first time since 2003, the Department of Education has revised its curriculum recommendations for schools. The new recommendations are meant to guide schools through the myriad curriculum options on the market to those that best reflect new learning standards known as the Common Core. Students across the state are set to take math and reading tests aligned to the tougher new standards in April. After scrutinizing 40 programs produced by 19 companies that met the city's basic standards, teachers and Department of Education officials endorsed elementary and middle school reading and math programs from three of the largest publishing companies, including Pearson, which is also producing the state tests. The city is also encouraging schools to consider adopting literacy curriculums that the state hired two nonprofit organizations, Core Knowledge and Expeditionary Learning, to produce. Schools don't have to take the department's advice. They can use other curriculum programs, including the ones that they have already been using, or create their own materials. Currently, about 70 percent of schools opt to use the city's recommended curriculums, which for most schools were originally required a decade ago in one of former chancellor Joel Klein's earliest initiatives. Teachers union president Michael Mulgrew, who has criticized the city and state for holding teachers accountable for adapting to the Common Core without giving them a curriculum based on the standards, said today's announcement represented a major step forward.
December 14, 2010
Board of Regents approves 15 new NYC charter schools
New York State's Board of Regents approved 15 new charter schools today that will open in New York City in the fall of next year. Ten of those schools were authorized by the State University of New York's Charter School Institute back in September and the remaining five were authorized today by the Board of Regents. The board also approved charters for three schools that will open in Mount Vernon, Rochester, and East Irondequoit. Among the charter schools approved today is the New York City Montessori Charter School, the city's first public Montessori school. Also on the list is Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School, the first charter school opened by the Expeditionary Learning network in the city. Expeditionary Learning currently oversees ten district schools in New York. The two charter schools that New Visions is opening in the South Bronx are the only typical four-year high schools in the group. Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School will, at full size, be a 6-12 school, and the Urban Dove Charter School will admit students who are ages 16-18 regardless of what grade they're in.
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