Faculty and Class Blogs

Below you will find blog posts from faculty members about their research and scholarly work as well as classes discussing online. Read and interact! Where appropriate, please post a comment or question and let us know your thoughts.

Diane Ravitch - DianeRavitch.net (read all posts)

Diane Ravitch - DianeRavitch.net

A site to discuss better education for all.

  • Robert Berkman: Another Nail in the Coffin on VAM

    A few days ago, I published a post about a paper by Kirabo Jackson, explaining that the non-cognitive effects of teachers are often more important than the test scores of their students.   As it happened, mathematician Robert Berkman read the paper and explains here why it is another nail in the coffin of value-added […]

    Published: Tuesday, April 15th 2014 11:12 PM
  • Mr. Gradgrind and the Common Core ELA Standards

    Joanne Yatvin, who served for many years as a teacher and principal in Oregon, is a literacy expert. She here expresses her view of the Common Core English Language Arts standards.   What the Dickens is Education All About? Did you know that Charles Dickens denounced the Common Core Standards more than 150 years ago […]

    Published: Tuesday, April 15th 2014 12:00 PM

Marion Nestle - Food Politics (read all posts)

Marion Nestle - Food Politics

Marion Nestle blogs about her work in field of nutrition, dietetics, and food policy.

  • Congratulations WashPo: Pulitzer prize for food stamp series

    The Washington Post won a couple of Pulitzer Prizes yesterday, among them one for Eli Saslow’s remarkable series on what it’s really like to depend on food stamps. The Post’s understated announcement about this one is because its other prize was for its Snowdon coverage: The Post’s Eli Saslow also won a Pulitzer — newspaper journalism’s highest award — […]

    Published: Tuesday, April 15th 2014 11:59 AM
  • Walmart’s price-cut organics: good, bad, or indifferent?

    When Walmart announced last week that it would start carrying Wild Oats organic foods at prices at least 25% below those of national brand organics, I had some conflicted reactions. Walmart’s rationale sounds terrific: We know our customers are interested in purchasing organic products and, traditionally, those customers have had to pay more,” said Jack […]

    Published: Monday, April 14th 2014 02:02 PM

Danah Boyd - Apophenia (read all posts)

Danah Boyd - Apophenia

Social media, social software, education, media social networks and other relevant topics.

  • Whether it’s bikes or bytes, teens are teens

    (This piece was written for the LA Times, where it was published as an op-ed on April 11, 2014.) If you’re like most middle-class parents, you’ve probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against […]

    Published: Monday, April 14th 2014 11:07 AM
  • Is the Oculus Rift sexist? (plus response to criticism)

    Last week, I wrote a provocative opinion piece for Quartz called “Is the Oculus Rift sexist?” I’m reposting it on my blog for posterity, but also because I want to address some of the critiques that I received. First, the piece itself: Is the Oculus Rift sexist? In the fall of 1997, my university built […]

    Published: Thursday, April 3rd 2014 07:35 PM

Lisa Young - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Lisa Young - The Huffington Post

Lisa Young discusses nutrition education and public policy

  • Want to Eat Less? Choose Single-Serving Packages!

    I've been a big fan of single-serving packages and have recommended them to dieters trying to lose weight and gain an awareness of portion control. They have a built in stop sign which signals us to stop; this is important especially in today's world of supersize portions.

    Published: Thursday, April 3rd 2014 04:16 PM
  • 7 Fruits and Vegetables to Enjoy During National Nutrition Month

    While of course, it is important to eat foods that are nutritious, taste is a key reason why people choose to eat what they do. Pairing good nutrition with great taste creates a win-win situation.

    Published: Saturday, March 22nd 2014 10:09 AM

Carolyn Dimitri - sustainable food economics (read all posts)

Carolyn Dimitri - sustainable food economics

An economist's thoughts about bringing sustainability into the food system

  • wrapped up our trip, and looking ahead

    We wrapped up our trip on Sunday, and the class has scattered around North America. A few adventurous souls are traveling around Mexico (the beach!) while the rest of use returned to the US. All in all, we had a … Continue reading

    Published: Tuesday, January 21st 2014 04:35 PM
  • coffee and CEPCO

    On today’s agenda was the marketing side of organic coffee. We began the day by meeting with the people who run CEPCO, a coffee cooperative in Oaxaca. They explained the process of producing and marketing coffee, and also provided some … Continue reading

    Published: Thursday, January 16th 2014 07:39 PM

Perry N. Halkitis - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Perry N. Halkitis - The Huffington Post

Perry Halkitis examines the intersection between the HIV, drug abuse, and mental health.

  • Does Treatment As Prevention Care for the HIV-positive?

    I would like to think that those advocating treatment as prevention ultimately have the health of HIV-positive individuals in mind first and foremost. But my immersion into the UK system this last month has led me to wonder about the motivation that underlies this approach.

    Published: Tuesday, January 21st 2014 03:59 PM
  • HIV and Aging: A Time for Celebration?

    On Sept. 18 the United States government observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. On such an occasion one is left to ponder whether the aging of the HIV-positive population is a cause for celebration. Is this day intended to be a celebration?

    Published: Friday, September 13th 2013 01:10 PM

Charlton McIlwain - CharltonMcIlwain.com (read all posts)

Charlton McIlwain - CharltonMcIlwain.com

Charlton McIlwain discusses the politics of race, media and other topics

  • Assistant/Associate Professor Positions Open, Underrepresented Minority Applicants Encouraged to Apply

                  My department is hiring for the two positions below. NYU is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment and strongly encourages applications from historically underrepresented groups [For Both Positions].   New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Department of Media, Culture, and Communication Assistant Professor, […]

    Published: Thursday, October 10th 2013 08:35 PM
  • The Republican Obsession With Fried Chicken and BBQ-Eatin’ Black People

    So, another episode erupted this week in what appears to be a GOP obsession with black people and fried chicken. This time, it was Vicki Marble, a Republican, Colorado State Senator, who cited too much fried chicken and BBQ as causes of black plague: poverty, death, Sickle-Cell, and who knows what the hell else. Of […]

    Published: Friday, August 23rd 2013 01:13 PM

Pedro Noguera - Urban Sociologist (read all posts)

Pedro Noguera - Urban Sociologist

Pedro Noguera researches the ways schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment

  • On the Brink of the Common Core Era, Principals Leading

    The new Common Core era has generated great insecurity, largely because some states, such as New York, implemented the new assessments before rolling out new curricula designed to match the rigorous exams. There is no single recipe for how to do all that is vital, but there are key ingredients.

    Published: Monday, September 9th 2013 06:01 PM
  • Dubiously Closing the Achievement Gap

    The Virginia Department of Education has essentially institutionalized low expectations.

    Published: Tuesday, September 11th 2012 04:07 PM

David Darts - Art and Art Professions (read all posts)

David Darts - Art and Art Professions

David Darts researches convergence between contemporary art and media, technology, education and democracy.

  • Solar Graffiti

    Jason Eppink and I have been working on the concept of solar graffiti (site-specific solar-powered installations of light and projection that explore the interplay of darkness and light, and image and text) for a few months now. So far we’ve created solar powered projectors, solar throwies and solar light boxes. We taught a solar graffiti […]

    Published: Wednesday, September 4th 2013 08:46 AM
  • LEDfirefly

    I’ve made plenty of LED Throwies in my day but I only recently discovered Karl Lunt’s low power LED firefly project. I was immediately inspired to make my own LEDfireflies. Unlike LED Throwies which will only last 4 or 5 days per battery, these LEDfireflies utilize ATTiny AVR microcontrollers and the LED as a light sensor […]

    Published: Sunday, September 1st 2013 10:38 AM

David Kirkland - A Will to Love (read all posts)

David Kirkland - A Will to Love

Aesthetic musings on politics, education, and moral justice.

  • If We Must Die: An Open Eulogy for Trayvon (and for Justice)

    * * * Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back! —Claude McKay* For four hundreds years, across the deep straits of wading waters, through the interrupted tides of justice, far from the humble shores of equity, in the base pits of subjugation, we have endured. In […]

    Published: Friday, July 19th 2013 02:15 PM
  • IN DEFENSE OF LOVE

    * * * . . . the purpose of being here, wherever we are, is to increase the durability and the occasions of love among and between peoples. Love, as the concentration of tender caring and tender excitement, or love as the reasons for joy. I believe that love is the single, true prosperity of […]

    Published: Friday, June 7th 2013 12:32 AM

Niobe Way - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Niobe Way - The Huffington Post

Niobe Way researches how schools, families, and peers as well as larger political and economic contexts influence developmental trajectories

  • Why Are Boys So Violent?

    The deep secrets of boys and men, according to the research, is that they have the same desire for connection and close friendships as girls and women and that many of our cultural norms of masculinity are hurting rather than helping boys find what they need and want.

    Published: Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 11:53 AM
  • Penn State and the Crisis of Masculinity

    It's time we understand that being human and being a man should be one and the same; that the reason why we have survived for so long as a species is because we, men and women, care about others and respond when others are in danger and need our help.

    Published: Monday, November 14th 2011 08:57 AM

Gary Anderson - The Huffington Post (read all posts)

Gary Anderson - The Huffington Post

Gary Anderson blogs for the Huffington Post about Educational Policy.

  • How Should Educators Respond to the Gun Lobby?

    Talk of elementary schools as "soft targets" and making them "harder targets" or having more "boots on the ground" is everywhere in the media. Saner voices are promoting a restorative justice approach to school safety that aims at the school culture and seeks through mediation to build relationships.

    Published: Sunday, December 23rd 2012 08:01 PM
  • Barbara Madeloni -- Presente!

    It's not that teachers don't want to be evaluated or held accountable, but they want evaluations that have some professional integrity and are congruent with the work they do.

    Published: Thursday, October 18th 2012 11:16 AM

Joe Salvatore - Musings on creativity, art, and culture (read all posts)

Joe Salvatore - Musings on creativity, art, and culture

Posts on topics ranging from the creative process NYC performances to current events.

  • Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012

    So this is my video from Hurricane Sandy.  I went exploring this morning along the route where I run in the morning, along the East River.  This was at the morning’s high tide mark, so things were not great.  The storm itself was still quite a ways off. I’m writing this around 6:45pm that evening, [...]

    Published: Monday, October 29th 2012 06:44 PM
  • Thanks, Jennifer Livingston, for paying attention

    Take a look at this news reporter’s response to a man who emailed her saying that her obesity sets a bad example for young girls.  She makes some very eloquent statements about how bullying is a learned behavior. Thanks, Jennifer Livingston for a gutsy, controlled call to arms in this battle against social combat.  Thanks [...]

    Published: Wednesday, October 3rd 2012 08:16 AM

Nick Mirzoeff - For the Right to Look. New approaches to visuality (read all posts)

Nick Mirzoeff - For the Right to Look. New approaches to visuality

Can convergent digital technologies offer qualitative as well as quantitative means for such a convergence?

  • Occupy Climate Change!

    Occupy climate change! Why? Because the transformations that Occupy seeks in social and economic life are the same as those needed to sustain conditions suitable for human and non-human life on our planet. So the phrase “occupy climate change” is correctly understood to mean “the political economy of sustaining the biosphere and the cultural imaginary.” [...]

    Published: Wednesday, December 21st 2011 12:33 PM
  • The Force of Law #OWS

    For the past few days, Occupy locations have reverberated to the sound of the force of law. I mean this literally. I was awakened at 3.30am on November 15 by the sound of what I think were helicopters above lower Manhattan. The combination of police barricades and the closure of the subways meant that no [...]

    Published: Wednesday, November 16th 2011 04:41 PM