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Reports of the death of cursive are greatly exaggerated

On Board Online • March 27, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

After years of focus on ensuring that students have the keyboard proficiency they'll need to thrive in a digital world, interest in reinvigorating cursive writing instruction is gaining momentum.

The New York City school system recently issued two new handbooks with tips for educators on how to teach handwriting, in general, and cursive writing, in particular. The handbooks are shining a spotlight on time-honored skills that, in many cases, have yielded to the classroom clatter of keyboards and mouse clicks.

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SUNY Chancellor tells NYSSBA that up to 180,000 new teachers may be needed in the next 10 years

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2017

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In an exclusive interview, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher tells Timothy Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), that school districts may need to hire 180,000 new teachers in the next ten years.

In her conversation with Kremer, Zimpher said, "We are having teacher shortages already, not just universal, but by region and by discipline. So, we need more second language teachers. We need more special ed teachers. We need more STEM teachers. We've known this, but it is finally catching up with us."

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