Melissa Bailey

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Lessons from a school that scrapped a longer student day and made time for teachers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –– Talizha Jones returned from summer vacation after fourth grade to an unwelcome surprise at school: Students would have to stay in class until 4:15 p.m. four…

Jennifer Schnidman Medbery of Kickboard. (Photo: Melissa Bailey)

When are tech tools worth the investment for schools?

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An ed-tech discussion at a national conference stalled for 10 minutes while organizers struggled with a high-tech method of figuring out who was in the room.…

A teachers union embraces reform in New Haven, creating a model for others

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — In the spring of 2011, David Cicarella, the teachers union president here, sat down with a tenured teacher for a difficult discussion. After a warning from…