Career NYC high school teacher, district representative for the United Federation of Teachers, participated in the design and implemention of  school-based budgeting initiatives in a school district, instructor at the New School University, reviewer on NYS State Education SURR review process and Redesign Panels, education consultant, created and supported small high schools, represent union members at interest arbitrations and ocassional writer on Edwize.org blog.

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  1. I wonder how Swilling, Kozloski and all those thieves, who did more damage to people than burglars and common thieves, did on their standardized tests. Shouldn’t we be worrying about the character and ethics of our youngsters?


  2. how do I email this to others? Thanx,M.


  3. This is just a reminder! Please review when and how to use “its” and “it’s. Edit your article and republish.


  4. I enjoy reading your blog – is there an email address where I can contact you to send education-related updates? Thanks.


  5. I enjoy reading your blog: Is there an email address where I can contact you to send education-related NYC updates? Thanks.


  6. I was wondering if you ever found any research on teacher distribution in hard-to-staff schools and whether it had changed after Fair Student Funding and the Open Market. I’m a journalist on deadline for Friday and would love to see any research you know of. Please contact me as soon as possible! Thanks.


  7. Hello,
    I’m looking for someone to serve on a panel on May 13th on the subject of state and local education budget cuts. Education Pioneers recruits exceptional graduate students to complete summer Fellowships in education organizations. We want to have a kick off panel to welcome our 2010 cohort and give them a starting point to understanding the education landscape locally. We would really appreciate your union and consulting perspective. As a New School grad myself, I also welcome the chance to highlight great professors there. Please let me know if you’re interested.


  8. Hi Peter,
    That’s wonderful news! The event will take place at 302 Fifth Ave at 31st St from 6pm to 8pm. The panel will last from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. We are in the process of finalizing other panelists, so I will send you a complete list two weeks before the event. If you’re free next week, I’d love to have you chat with myself and our Program Director for 15 minutes or so about the event.
    Thank you so much!


  9. Hi Peter,

    I read your piece on the Root and enjoyed your story very much especially as someone who lives in multiple worlds.

    FYI, you might want to have MSN fix the link to your blog. It goes nowhere and takes a bit of research to find your blog even with the name being available.

    I can’t find a way to contact you and let you know other than comment.




  10. I enjoyed your article on the Root. Your piece/bio is a breath of fresh air of perspective to those who are living in a multi-racial family.

    Thank you,



  11. Hi,

    My name is Anna Louie Sussman. I’m working on a story for the Progressive magazine (http://www.progressive.org) on Alternative Learning Centers (ALCs) in New York City. These are the schools that students attend while they are serving six to 90-day superintendent’s suspensions.

    I am looking to speak to any high school students who have attended one of these schools/programs, of which there are 29 in four boroughs, excluding Staten Island, or any educators/administrators at any of these schools. I’d appreciate any help or advice you have in this.

    Please feel free to contact me at


    and to repost this in other similar educational fora.

    Thank you so much for your help.



  12. Ed in the City,

    My name is Peter Hintz and I’m writing on behalf of Manhattan Media and Eric Messinger, the editor of New York Family. We’re currently promoting the Blackboard Awards (www.blackboardawards.com), which honors local teachers from all educational communities—public, private, charter, and parochial—and all grade levels, from nursery school through high school. The awards recognize outstanding, dedicated teachers from throughout the five boroughs, and enable them to share the honor with their school community. The deadline for nominations is March 31, after which the selected teachers will be honored in a special gala ceremony on June 6 at Fordham University Law School, attended by leading educators, politicians, and other local dignitaries. The schools’ reputations benefit from every faculty member who is a Blackboard Award recipient, which is something we publicize and welcome the schools to do as well.

    This process starts with parents—our most reliable resource in nominating teachers, and an area in which we feel your blog could really help our cause. Your select readership of educators and parents who are actively involved in their school community is perfectly suited for the Blackboard Awards, and we could really use help spreading the word. While we have contacted nearly every school in the area, we would like to be able to reach parents who are not necessarily involved in the PTA, SLT, or other official organizations, but would still like to recognize the wonderful teachers who make such a big difference in the lives of their children.

    If you could find a way to place a link to the Blackboard Awards website into one of your blog posts, tweets, Facebook pages, or mention the awards in any capacity, it would have a huge impact on the number of nominations because so many parents follow your blog. It would help a great number of local teachers get the recognition they deserve, and help a great number of parents to show their gratitude. Any support that you can offer would be hugely appreciated, and would certainly help us reach a record number of nominations this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Eric (emessinger@manhattanmedia.com) about any questions you may have, and thank you so much for your time.

    All the best,
    Peter Hintz


  13. Hello,
    I was a probationary teacher in NYC last year and I just had my appeal hearing to overturn my discontinuance after my very first year of teaching. I happened upon your entry from a few years ago touching on how the DOE is firing record numbers of probationary teachers, and one of the commenters suggested that people in my position organize a class-action suit. I don’t know much about the law or whether we would have a case, but it would be great to be able to get in touch with other discontinued probationary teachers and bounce ideas off one another. Would you be willing to facilitate that kind of contact through your blog? Perhaps a post to see if there would be interest, and then if there is I could create a LinkedIn group or something like that and add people who are interested. Let me know your thoughts- I can be contacted at mtauberg@gmail.com.


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  16. Ed, my name is Jonathan Pelto, my blog Wait, What? is located at http://www.jonathanpelto.com. Wondering if you could drop me your email address to jonpelto at gmail. Working on a project that I wanted to touch base with you about. thanks


  17. Very interesting piece. Thanks! One suggestion: Make you to spell YouTube correctly (and it’s not “the YouTube,” just YouTube. It makes you come off as a Luddite — or at least someone who is unfamiliar with the internet.


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