By John McCrann and Sheri Rodman
As part of the Bring Your Legslator To School Day initiative in New York, John McCrann hosted State Senator Brad Holyman at Harvest Collegiate High School in NYC on October 21st, 2015. During the visit, the senator received a tour of the school and met with students and teachers engaged in deep, rigorous learning. elow State Senator Hoylman discusses argumentative writing with social studies teacher Andy del Calvo during a visit to Harvest Collegiate High School in October. Andy teaches a class called Looking for an Argument in which students write arguments about current issues such as euthanasia and corporal punishment in line with Common Core writing standards.
John McCrann's passion for teaching math was sparked by civil rights activist Robert Moses's Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights and developed out his two strongest professional curiosities: a) finding ways to help students reason more effectively to solve problems that interest them and b) finding ways to empower people to create a more just society. He is an experiential educator who believes that students learn by doing. He applies these values while teaching Math, Urban Ecology, and the after school Outdoor Adventure club at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City, where he is also Chapter Leader for the United Federation of Teachers chapter.