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What can we infer about City Year and TFA based on their different ad strategies?

During my recent journey home for winter break, I encountered advertisements for both City Year and Teach For America. I currently work with City Year and I had worked with TFA last year. On the public bus from my apartment … Continue reading

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City Year (internally) published an essay of mine!

City Year’s national office has published an essay of mine! It is posted on CYconnect, City Year’s internal communication system. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be accessible by non-City Year people. If you do have a CYconnect login, the … Continue reading

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False proxies are annoying

sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/11/avoiding-the-false-proxy-trap.html False proxies are results that are easy to measure and appear on the surface to be related to actual success of a person, program, or organization. The idea is that the higher these measurements seem, the greater the success … Continue reading

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Post City Year options (your input is wanted!)

My current position with City Year ends in June. I’m currently exploring post-City Year options, which City Year comically refers to as LACY (life after City Year). I have started collecting a (so far very incomplete) list of options for … Continue reading

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Student data for pattern-seeking, not just assessing

It is not news that, in the last decade, the use of data (often based on standardized test scores) has exploded. In addition to being used to assess how well students have learned the material for a particular class, student … Continue reading

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My (apparent lack of) peppiness as a helpful comparison for lack of student achievement

Every morning, all the City Year people at my school stand outside for half an hour as students arrive in the morning and greet them with various chants and cheers designed to get them excited about their day and to … Continue reading

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