Extra Help with InsideSchools

Extra Help with InsideSchools

By InsideSchools
Every year, millions of readers come to InsideSchools to gain independent insight into the New York City public school system. In this podcast, members of the InsideSchools team offer their expertise and perspective in response to real questions from real readers.
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Episode 14: A New Hotline Where Students Help Students Cope with #CoronaVirusNYC
In previous episodes, we’ve focused on helping parents and teachers navigate the troubled educational waters of learning and teaching amidst Covid-19. But what about students? Fortunately, non-profit IntegrateNYC has created a hotline to help. It’s created by students, for students. In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch talks with IntegrateNYC leadership: High School Executive Director Leanne Nunes and Adult Executive Director Zaps. They share details about the hotline, as well as what they think city officials are doing well and what they could do better to support young people in a time of crisis. Resources: Learn more about IntegrateNYC // The IntegrateNYC 5 R’s Framework for Real Integration // Hotline: 951-INTEGR8 or 951-468-3478 -- Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website  // Our InsideSchools Facebook Page  // Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter // Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter // SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS via 60 second voice message
16:15
April 9, 2020
Episode 13: How Much “Learning” is Really Happening “Online”?
There are two words in the term "online learning." But when you listen to the way we often talk about it, there's little being said about what "learning" is supposed to look like. How do we know our children are learning online--well? In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch explores that question by comparing learning online to learning in traditional classrooms. In the end, he offers ways that teachers can up their online teaching game AND ways for parents to better spot quality learning in action.  -- Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website  // Our InsideSchools Facebook Page  // Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter // Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter // SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS via 60 second voice message
14:56
April 8, 2020
Episode 12: State Exams Might Be Cancelled, But We Need To Assess More Than Ever
With state Regents exams being cancelled in wake of Covid-19, many New York City teaches and students breathed a sigh of relief. That's understandable. But the need for thoughtful assessments might be more important than ever. In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch offers some perspective on why cancelling high-stakes exams was the right move by state officials, but also why it must be balanced with increased formative assessments by teachers. -- Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website  // Our InsideSchools Facebook Page  // Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter // Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter // SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS via 60 second voice message
11:07
April 7, 2020
Episode 11: This Video Solution Might Just Be What Schools and Families Need Right Now: Screencasts
Teachers' and families' heads are spinning. In 72 hours, NYC schools restricted use of the widely used Zoom video conferencing tool, required use of Microsoft Teams, and then added late Sunday (via Twitter) that Google Meet could also be used. Only, some school leaders had already messaged otherwise to teachers and staff.  And that was a weekend! There is little doubt that video has a meaningful place in digital learning. But what are schools and families to do? In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch shares some key moves schools can make to better support families amidst the chaos of a global pandemic, including doubling down on their use of another form of video: screencasts.  Resources: Screencastify // Screencast-o-matic -- Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website  // Our InsideSchools Facebook Page  // Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter // Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter // SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS via 60 second voice message
16:55
April 6, 2020
Episode 10: Zoom is a Privacy Nightmare and Parents Need to Understand Why
Zoom is a video conferencing product that has seen exponential adoption as schools have switched to online learning during Covid-19. Students across NYC are using it with their teachers every day. But recent reports have raised alarm, saying Zoom disregards privacy and security protocols. In this episode, host and public school parent Tom Liam Lynch investigates further to see what all the fuss is about. Spoiler alert: In just a few minutes, he was able to attend his own child's online class--no access code, no credentials, no nothing. He shares more about why this is a problem, how we got here, and what parents and teachers can do.  Resources:  Zoom warnings published by The Guardian, NPR, and Washington Post // How to use private or incognito mode // Tom's recent op-ed on what NYC school officials need to do to improve online learning now -- Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website  // Our InsideSchools Facebook Page  // Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter // Sign up for our WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
14:17
April 3, 2020
Episode 9: Admissions to NYC Specialized High Schools is Still Inequitable, So Say the Data
Specialized high schools in NYC is a hot topic. That was especially true when the de Blasio Administration made a move to radically overhaul their admission process several months ago. The process relies heavily on a single exam: the Specialized High School Admissions Test or SHSAT.  In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch talks with Senior Research Fellow at the Center for NYC Affairs, Nicole Mader, about what recent admissions data tells us about how equitable the SHSAT is.  Resources SHSAT Infographic Discussed in Episode Scrapping the SHSAT: Breaking Down Who Would Be Affected and How Diversity in New York’s Specialized Schools: A Deeper Data Dive -- Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website  // Our InsideSchools Facebook Page  // Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter // Sign up for our WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
12:45
April 2, 2020
Episode 8: Son: They Can’t Cancel Spring Break! Dad: Sure They Can.
When NYC schools announced that they were cancelling the upcoming Spring Break (except for two days), you can imagine the ripple the news sent throughout many households. In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch shares with listeners how his family dealt with it, including trying to slow down to help his son appreciate the school officials' rationale. The morning meeting at the breakfast table ended with a request for waffles--and extra syrup. It was honored.  --- Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website  Our InsideSchools Facebook Page  Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter Sign up for our WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
11:10
April 1, 2020
Episode 7: What Should ELA Class Look Like Online, During a Pandemic?
After teaching ELA and ELA teachers for a decade and a half, Tom Liam Lynch has learned a few things about what matters most. In this episode, he shares "simple and high-leverage" strategies for parents and teachers. What matters when teaching reading across grade-levels? How does one read for school versus reading for life? What are ways to engage in writing when a young person really doesn't want to write? All this and more, please an invitation to send him your individual question over on Twitter @tomliamlynch It's a fast-paced episode, one well-worth a re-listen. Share it with an ELA teacher in your life. ;) Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website Our InsideSchools Facebook Page Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter
16:56
March 31, 2020
Episode 6: Let’s Ask a Seasoned Math Teacher How to Help Our Kids with Math, Shall We?
Math and ELA, Math and ELA. That's what many parents are talking and asking about on social media. How do I help my child with these subjects at home--when I'm not a math or ELA teacher?! We hear you. Let's take it one step at a time, starting with math.  And since we at InsideSchools are not math teachers either, we called up a Math for America Master Teacher: Mr. Chris Boyd. In this episode, we ask Chris what parents can be doing to support math instruction at home. His advice is deceptively simple, strategic, and wise. Check it out.  Resources from the episode: Khan Academy (Math) MathTrain.TV The Incredibles Math Jab :) Math for America Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website Our InsideSchools Facebook Page Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter
14:41
March 30, 2020
Episode 5: We Got a High School Offer--But Now What Do We Do?
When NYC does anything, it does it big. That goes for New Year's Eve, skyscrapers, and, well, high school offers. A staggering 78,000 8th graders received high school offers recently. While the process works well for some families, many families are left wondering what options are still on the table. In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch talks with InsideSchools senior editor Laura Zingmond to break down what the offer letters mean, and how families should proceed from here--whether they like their offer or not.  Resources from the episode:  Here's the Contact DOE page on our site: https://insideschools.org/resources/contact-doe Our annual round-up of HS decision letters (which has links to important DOE web pages such as waitlists): https://insideschools.org/news-&-views/nyc-8th-graders-get-high-school-admissions-results Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website Our InsideSchools Facebook Page Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter
11:55
March 27, 2020
Episode 4: What to Do When You’re Frustrated with Your Child’s Teacher
As a parent, sometimes it's hard when you don't feel like your child is getting the support they need from a teacher. It can be really frustrating. As a former teacher, Tom Liam Lynch knows firsthand how hard it is to manage the needs of dozens of students (at least) and their families. Still, parents have options for advocating for their children's needs.  In this episode, Tom talks offers a series of steps that parents can take to get their children what they need. It's not about shouting the loudest. It's about thoroughly understanding what's going on, communicating in a measured way, and then systematically escalating your concerns, if needed.  Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website Our InsideSchools Facebook Page Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter
13:43
March 26, 2020
Episode 3: A NYC Mom Wants to Know What Learning Online Looks Like and Where to Find Resources
A mom from Manhattan wrote in with a slew of questions about what learning online and at home is supposed to look like. She wrote: What should homeschool look like? How many hours? How much progress? Can kids go outside? Which of all of the available online educational programming is actually good and recommended for kids at different ages? In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch answers each question one by one--and shares his go-to list of education resource providers in a pinch. Spoiler alert: They include... Khan Academy LearnZillion Newsela ABC Mouse PBS Learning BrainPop WeTeachNYC YouTube (like this science show for kids) NYPL | Brooklyn Public Library | Queens Public Library New Visions for Public Schools United Way  EdSurge Lisa Nielsen of the DOE Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website Our InsideSchools Facebook Page Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter
19:57
March 25, 2020
Episode 2: Wait, When Did Google Get a Classroom and What the Heck’s a Zoom?
NYC schools had their first day of online learning and  homeschooling. You couldn't help but see the names of two technologies pop up over and over: Zoom and Google Classroom. But for teachers and parents who are new to these products, what are they and how do you get the most out of them? In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch talks to us about his experience teaching online, leading a large-scale online learning initiative in city schools, and what to do if you are a teacher or parent trying to figure this all out.  Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us: InsideSchools, our flagship website Our InsideSchools Facebook Page Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter
19:01
March 24, 2020
Episode 1: Help Me Help My Child Learn Online
SO MANY READERS asked us where they should even begin in helping their children learn online during COVID-19. We know it's a lot to take in. In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch shares his advice to get started based on his experiences as a father, an educator, and a former educational technology professor. This episode pairs well with Tom's post on InsideSchools here: https://insideschools.org/news-&-views/im-just-a-parent-trying-to-keep-it-together-right-now Please tell us what you think. We LOVE feedback. Here are a few of the main ways to reach us:  InsideSchools, our flagship website Our InsideSchools Facebook Page Tweet, tweet: Over on Twitter
12:11
March 23, 2020
Episode 0: Introducing Extra Help
In the wake of NYC schools shutting down in response to COVID-19, the team at InsideSchools sent out a survey asking how they could help. The response was overwhelming. There's so much information and insight to share. So they are expanding their communication channels to include audio. 
00:38
March 18, 2020