All for One
Published in TC Today - Volume 30, No. 1
11/23/2005 11:52:42 AM
Sarah Scrogin, Anya Hurwitz, and Christina Morado all have master's degrees from Teachers College. They met last spring when Scrogin, principal of the soon-to-be-opened East Bronx Academy for the Future, was searching for intrepid souls willing to "share leadership" and serve as the school's founding teachers.
The Academy, a six-room middle and high school, is developing a curriculum incorporating "the use of technology balanced with hands-on active learning," says Hurwitz. The school is part of the city's New Century High School Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
"Learning by doing requires teachers to differentiate instruction for students, especially when technology comes into play," says Scrogin, who is continuing to work toward a joint Ed.D. at TC and the Columbia Business School. "We're putting educational research into action by empowering teachers to make decisions." Morado, who teaches ninth-grade social studies, puts it more simply: "There is nothing comparable to starting a new school."