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Education and NYC High School System

Discussions and advice straight from one of New York City's foremost educators. Julie Nariman comments on a wide range of issues that concern educators and parents alike such as how to be a more effective teacher or how to be a more informed parent. If you are an educator looking for the latest advice on teaching methods and techniques or a concerned parent looking for help for your child, please take a closer look at our blogs for current news and developments.
  • Yellow trees
    by Julie Nariman on November 4, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I’ve learned to not worry about work-life balance: I enjoy work, and I enjoy all things I do when I’m not working. I don’t worry about […]

  • Work Anniversary
    by Julie Nariman on August 10, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    “Congratulations on your work anniversary!â€� wrote a connection on LinkedIn.  A few other “Congratsâ€� popped up in the next few days.  What work anniversary? I thought. […]

  • The perfect pen
    by Julie Nariman on July 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I was in my office about to start a job interview with a young math teacher. I could see the teacher across the hall, waiting in […]

  • The specialness of being un-special: a reflection on hiring
    by Julie Nariman on July 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    It’s July and we’re hiring teachers for the next school year.  I’ve learned something odd about hiring: the more I feel I “needâ€� a potential candidate, […]

  • An ideal commute
    by Julie Nariman on June 30, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    For the last five years until just recently, I walked to work every day.  In 2014, I moved to the Bronx.  I moved into a lovely […]

  • “Doing” versus “Being”
    by Julie Nariman on June 2, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    I never fully understood the difference between “doing” and “being.” I had heard it explained by my leadership consultants: “What is most important is your being […]

  • Being in Nature
    by Julie Nariman on April 9, 2019 at 11:23 am

    In the past week, I’ve had two extraordinary opportunities that showed me the healing and rejuvenating power of being in nature. Last week, my 12th graders […]

  • Staring at trees
    by Julie Nariman on March 15, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I have discovered a remarkable way to increase my productivity: taking a break in the middle of the day, sitting on the steps in front of […]

  • Nikki Giovanni: Unapologetically herself
    by Julie Nariman on February 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    “The glory of God is a man fully alive.”  I have always loved this quote and I  met its embodiment in the poet Nikki Giovanni. I […]

  • The Opportunity Myth
    by Julie Nariman on February 12, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I attend monthly meetings with the other 40 or so principals.  The professional development at these meetings is always something that gives me insights into how to […]

  • Unconnected and Unimportant
    by Julie Nariman on January 31, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    I love to put my phone away when I’m eating dinner, or sitting in a class or lecture.  I love to go hiking and realize I […]

  • Stopping by Mr. D’s
    by Julie Nariman on January 19, 2019 at 2:41 am

    I love my neighborhood in the Bronx.  It’s diverse with many immigrants and filled with busy, bustling stores.  Right around the corner, I have a shoe […]

  • Choosing chilis
    by Julie Nariman on January 9, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I love buying groceries.  I love being in any kind of food store or supermarket.  In fact, when I visit foreign countries, visiting supermarkets is one of […]

  • No resolutions
    by Julie Nariman on January 1, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Yesterday, New Year’s Eve, I started to see the urge to define a “new, better me” for the New Year.  I got a slew of emails […]

  • They Shall Not Grow Old
    by Julie Nariman on December 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Yesterday I saw a screening of Peter Jackson’s magnificent film They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about World War I British soldiers.  He tells the […]

  • Relishing work before vacation
    by Julie Nariman on December 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Yesterday was the Friday before winter break.   I noticed people using a typical greeting I hear each year around this time: “One day until break,” or “Let’s make […]

  • Creating space
    by julie on December 16, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    School offices are busy spaces.  A lot can be happening at once in a small space: computers humming, phones ringing, a parent visiting to get information or […]

  • “I get to” versus “I have to”
    by Julie Nariman on November 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    This week, a brilliant new book is coming out: Being Here . . . Too: Short Stories of Modern Day Enlightenment.  It’s a compilation of stories […]

  • Making thinking transparent
    by Julie Nariman on October 24, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Every week, my assistant principals and I hold a meeting with the teacher-leaders of each department in our high school: math, science, social studies, and English.  […]

  • The monk of Chinatown
    by julie on October 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

    A few months ago, I visited my brother in Boulder Creek, California.  We took a day trip to San Francisco and spent time wandering around.  At […]

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