Monthly Archives: November 2012

Brooklyn Castle: Read the book, saw the movie

I had the pleasure last night of seeing what I think was the west coast premiere of Brooklyn Castle, the already critically beloved movie about the nearly miraculous inner-city chess powerhouse at Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn. (The screening came courtesy of Beth Schmidt’s terrific Wishbone* organization, which translates even modest donations into opportunities for […]

The coming revolution in teacher prep

Nearly a year ago, I began visiting organizations that represent a new idea in a terribly broken field: teacher training. The evidence is rife that we don’t do a good enough job at preparing teachers–according to the teachers themselves, their principals, and even their own ed school professors. And it’s hard to underestimate the impact […]