Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein

Over 18 years ago, Starr Sackstein started her teaching career in Far Rockaway High School, eager to make a difference. Quickly learning to connect with students and develop rapport, she was able to recognize the most important part of teaching, relationships. Fostering relationships with students and peers, to encourage community growth and a deeper understanding of personal contribution through reflection, Sackstein has continued to elevate her students by putting them at the center of the learning. In the fall of 2016, Sackstein embarked on the next leg of her educational journey as a UFT Teacher Center Teacher at Long Island City High School where she taught English classes and coached teachers in literacy strategies and technology implementation specifically meant to embed essential tools to improve reading and writing. This prepared her for her last position as the director of humanities in the West Hempstead Union Free School district where she served as team leader, always looking to create the best learning environment for all kids. Starr Sackstein left her home of nine years at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY as a high school English and Journalism teacher where her students run a multi-media news outlet at In 2011, the Dow Jones News Fund honored Sackstein as a Special Recognition Adviser and 2012 Education Updated recognized her as an outstanding educator. Currently, Sackstein has thrown out grades, teaching students that learning isn’t about numbers, but about the development of skills and ability to articulate that growth. In 2012, Sackstein tackled National Board Certification in an effort to reflect on her practice and grow as an educational English facilitator. After a year of closely looking at her work with students, she achieved the honor. She is also a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Sackstein also served at the New York State Director to JEA to help serve advisers in New York better grow journalism programs. Sackstein was named an ASCD Emerging Leader class of 2016 and had the opportunity to give a TEDxTalk about throwing out grades called “A Recovering Perfectionist's Journey To Give Up Grades.” Author of Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective, Blogging for Educators, Teaching Students to Self Assess: How do I help Students grow as learners?, The Power of Questioning: Opening up the World of Student Inquiry , Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School and Empower Students to Give Feedback: Teaching Students to Provide Effective Peer Feedback She blogs on Education Week Teacher at “Work in Progress” where she discusses all aspects of being a teacher and education reform. Sackstein co-moderates #sunchat as well as contributes to #NYedChat. She has made the Bammy Awards finals for Secondary High School Educator in 2014 and for blogging in 2015. In speaking engagements, Sackstein speaks about blogging, journalism education, throwing out grades and BYOD, helping people see technology doesn’t have to be feared. Balancing a busy career of writing, publishing, speaking and consulting with being the mom to her teenage son Logan is a challenging adventure. Seeing the world through his eyes reminds her why education needs to change for every child.
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