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Extra Help with InsideSchools

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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 30: Season Finale, and What Comes Next for Us All

June 25th, 2020


This week marks the end of the school year in New York City. And with the end of the school year comes the end of this season of Extra Help. In this …

Episode 29: Well THAT Was A Busy Week in NYC Schools: What It Means For September

June 18th, 2020


This past week, the NYC Department of Education has been burning the midnight oil. Last Thursday, the Chancellor held a virtual meeting for all principals and superintendents updating them on current status and future …

Episode 28: #BlackLivesMatter, Culturally-Responsive Teaching, and Reopening NYC Schools

June 11th, 2020


New York City has erupted in recent weeks in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed while being restrained by police in …

Episode 27: What Happens to Culturally Responsive Teaching When It’s All Online?

June 4th, 2020


One of the hallmarks of the de Blasio Administration's education agenda has been "culturally responsive-sustaining education." With an emphasis on …

Episode 25: Balancing Students' Social Emotional and Academic Needs During a Pandemic

May 21st, 2020


NYC officials are beginning to signal that remote learning could continue into the fall. That means parents, teachers, and administrators are going …

Episode 24: Gov. Cuomo’s Post-Pandemic Education Committee Draws Swift Criticism, but Why?

May 14th, 2020


When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State was partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to "reimagine" the future of public education, critics were quick to raise alarm. In this episode, Tom Liam …

Episode 23: It is Time for a NYC Virtual School

May 8th, 2020


NYC schools will almost certainly have some form of remote learning come September. Whether it is 100% online or some hybrid model with alternating …

Episode 22: UNESCO’s Guidelines Can Help NYC Reopen Schools, Equitably and Well

May 5th, 2020


The NYC school system is so big, it can be helpful to look for insights not just from what other cities or states are doing, but entire countries. …

Episode 21: $897 iPads Raises Eyebrows, But Not For the Reasons They Should

April 30th, 2020


As New York City continues its foray into remote learning, questions persist about the city's digital learning strategy. The high price of iPads …

Episode 20: Returning to School Will Be Way More Complicated Than You Think

April 28th, 2020


Going back to school in the wake of Covid-19 will not be as simple as it sounds. That's the premise of a recent report by Opportunity Labs called …

Episode 19: We Took Your Questions About Remote Learning via Facebook Live

April 23rd, 2020


It's been a month of remote learning in New York City, and the reviews are really mixed. With so many families continuing to struggle with making …

Episode 18: The City’s Asking Families What They Think of Remote Learning. Here’s Our Take On It.

April 21st, 2020


The NYC Department of Education has launched a survey for students and families, one that asks them what they think of remote learning so far.  Surveys can be tricky things, so Tom Liam Lynch invited Senior Research …

Episode 17: September Starts Now: What Might NYC Schools Look Like in the Fall?

April 16th, 2020


It might seem premature, but we all need to start talking about September. Now. Why? Because there are possible scenarios in which public health officials might not want to see 1.1 million students headed back to …

Episode 16: The Saturday Letter Where the Mayor and Chancellor Commit to Families

April 14th, 2020


Dated a few days ago, the NYC mayor and schools chancellor published a letter. It included their commitments to families to help improve the quality …

Episode 15: We Must Do Online Learning Better. Enter iLearnNYC and WeTeachNYC

April 10th, 2020


By now, many families are getting a sense of what online learning looks like in their child’s school. In this episode, Tom Liam Lynch takes a moment …

Episode 14: A New Hotline Where Students Help Students Cope with #CoronaVirusNYC

April 9th, 2020


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 …

Episode 13: How Much “Learning” is Really Happening “Online”?

April 8th, 2020


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 …

Episode 12: State Exams Might Be Cancelled, But We Need To Assess More Than Ever

April 7th, 2020


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 …

Episode 11: This Video Solution Might Just Be What Schools and Families Need Right Now: Screencasts

April 6th, 2020


Teachers' and families' heads are spinning. In 72 hours, NYC schools restricted use of the widely used Zoom video conferencing tool, required use of …

Episode 10: Zoom is a Privacy Nightmare and Parents Need to Understand Why

April 3rd, 2020


Zoom is a video conferencing product that has seen exponential adoption as schools have switched to online learning during Covid-19. Students across …

Episode 9: Admissions to NYC Specialized High Schools is Still Inequitable, So Say the Data

April 2nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 8: Son: They Can’t Cancel Spring Break! Dad: Sure They Can.

April 1st, 2020


When NYC schools announced that they were cancelling the upcoming Spring Break (except for two days), you can imagine the ripple the news sent …

Episode 7: What Should ELA Class Look Like Online, During a Pandemic?

March 31st, 2020


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. …

Episode 6: Let’s Ask a Seasoned Math Teacher How to Help Our Kids with Math, Shall We?

March 30th, 2020


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 …

Episode 5: We Got a High School Offer--But Now What Do We Do?

March 27th, 2020


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 …

Episode 4: What to Do When You’re Frustrated with Your Child’s Teacher

March 26th, 2020


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 …

Episode 3: A NYC Mom Wants to Know What Learning Online Looks Like and Where to Find Resources

March 25th, 2020


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 …

Episode 2: Wait, When Did Google Get a Classroom and What the Heck’s a Zoom?

March 24th, 2020


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: …

Episode 1: Help Me Help My Child Learn Online

March 23rd, 2020


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 0: Introducing Extra Help

March 18th, 2020


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 …

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