Chicago teacher gets creative about welcoming his 4th grade students back to school

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Dwayne Reed is entering his first year of teaching in the most special way. Instead of sending an email or newsletter home to parents he decided to record a song called “Welcome To The Fourth Grade,” and even made a video too. It’s a touching display of enthusiasm we all could learn from.

The video led one YouTube user to comment “where were the teachers like this 25 years ago.”

Mr. Reed’s response: “I was being born. ’91”

Everybody talks about student voice, but David Johns walks the talk

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When history assesses the Obama presidency one thing will eventually be unmistakable: he filled his administration with exceptional, but understated people. No one fits that description more than David Johns, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

In this great video done by Loudspeaker films Johns talks about the motivation he gained as a first generation college graduate, kindergarten teacher, and advocate of elevating young people to be their own leaders. Having come from one of Los Angeles’ criminally under-resourced communities he knows what it means to beat the odds, and how important it is to have people believe in the potential and brilliance of our youth.


Sesame Street and Autism: What Makes You Amazing?

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We are all amazing in so many ways. Celebrate every child’s strengths at #seeamazing

Sesame Street in Communities brings free video content of everyone’s favorite, furry Muppet friends as they help children and the adults in their lives reach their highest potential. Grover and the gang will tackle a variety of topics that face children in the areas of health and well-being, school readiness, and emotional well-being. Some of the content and topics presented are more sensitive, so you should preview these videos before sharing with a child. For free resources and tips, follow us at…

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Republished from the Sesame Street in Communities channel on YouTube.

VIDEO: black father arrested after advocating for his son’s right to use restroom

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BROOKLYN, NY – When the parent of a second grader at PS 193 heard his son soiled his pants because a teacher prevented him from going to the restroom, the father went to the school and confronted the teacher.

That conversation ended with Vincent Nemorin, the father, in handcuffs and police officers hauling him away while horrified parents recorded the incident.

His son’s teacher said he felt threatened by Nemorin, but parents see a larger issue playing out. Tami Flynn, the school’s principal, is under fire for what parents claim is a pattern of abuse. A petition calling for Flynn’s resignation has gained over 650 signatures.

“There are too many stories of harassment and documented complaints.  She most recently had a parent arrested for demanding that his child have the right to go to the bathroom.  This is not the 1st parent arrest at the school,” the petition reads.

Nemorin, the school’s Parent Teacher Association treasurer, had the support of parents who were present last Thursday when he was arraigned on charges of “menacing” and “harassment.”

He also has an order of protection now that prevents him from bringing his son to school.

“[Nemorin] approached a teacher just to verify why she didn’t let him use the bathroom. He gets arrested for asking a simple question. It’s not her against him, it’s her against us. Could’ve happened to any of our kids,” Stacia Gregorio, a PS 193 parent told WABC TV.

The New York public schools have had a major push to improve parent involvement since schools boss Carmen Fariña announced it as a priority in 2014.

Responding to the issue with Nemorin at a community forum last week Fariña told parents “We have already removed the [staff member] from that building….and there is a continuing investigation.”

See what parents say about Nemorin’s arrest:

VIDEO: Veteran teacher charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a child

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TIFTON, GA – A 22 year veteran teacher has been arrested for intentionally kneeing a 4 year old special needs student and causing him to fall to the floor.

School surveillance video captured Amelia Stripling pausing briefly then pushing her knee into the students back. When he stood up she gave him another shove into a classroom.

An eyewitness said it appeared that the teacher’s kneeing was on purpose.

According to WALB 10 Stripling turned herself into authorities last Friday after they issued warrants for her arrest. She faces charges of 2nd degree cruelty to a child.

Schools spokeswoman Stacey Beckham told reporters the child was not injured.

The boy’s mother, Sarah Patterson, has retained an attorney.

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