Carl Hudson: Striving for Excellence in Education
Carl Hudson is an educator who is known for consistently striving for excellence in his career. He completed his training at three world renowned institutions. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Statistics from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He has two Master’s degrees. One in Mathematics Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and the other in Education Administration, Organization and Leadership from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Hudson utilizes his education in his professional career as a teacher and administrator in the New York City Public School System.
Carl Hudson began his teaching career in the 2001 school year immediately after obtaining his bachelor’s degree. He is certified to teach mathematics and computer sciences for grades seven through 12 and to teach Advanced Placement Mathematics. Hudson’s first position was as a math teacher at Flushing High School, which is the oldest high school in New York City. The school is also one of the city’s largest schools, supporting a community of 3,200 students and over 250 teachers.
Hudson’s responsibilities included providing a quality education to all students and instituting the Common Core. The New York State Education Department requires that all schools implement the Common Core, which is a standards-based curriculum streamlining language arts and mathematics education, by the end of the 2014 academic year. This curriculum creates a math program which focuses on a full understanding of fewer topics rather than the general understanding of multiple which the previous curriculum called for. Hudson taught Common Core Mathematics which centered on numbers and quantities, modeling, functions, statistics and probability, geometry, and algebra.
Hudson’s impressive performance led to his promotion as Department Chairperson. In addition to teaching, he became responsible for data and computer system updates regarding grade reports, transcript maintenance, and scheduling. He also created the master schedule for the entire Flushing High School community.
While teaching at Flushing High School, Carl Hudson worked part-time as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. His courseload included a C++ course, which dealt with algorithmic equations of the computer programming language, and MAT120, which covered the foundational concepts of elementary statistics.He also taught a class entitled College and Career Ready Math Concepts. This class gave students with a remedial understanding of mathematics the basic tools and knowledge needed to succeed in future college math courses.
Professional Teaching Organizations
While teaching, Hudson became a member of many professional organizations designed to offer teachers networking and collaboration opportunities, professional development, and access to research on classroom management and instruction strategies. These professional organizations include:
- National Council of Teachers of Math
- National Association for the Education of Young People
- National Board for Professional Teaching
- National Society of Black Educators
- National Alliance of Black School Educators
Experience as a Mentor
From 2005 through 2007, Hudson accepted a part-time position with the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America as a math teacher and project associate. He taught Algebra II and an AP Statistics curriculum of his own design which was approved by College Board. He worked with the Executive Director of the organization and the Associate Director of Curriculum to plan and assess the academic year curriculum and activities for the Leadership Enterprise of a Diverse America’s New York City Scholar’s program.
In his position with this organization, he mentored college bound youth who were members of the program. This selective program chose 60 students each year who they believed demonstrated potential for excellence regarding academic and leadership abilities. All the scholars are from socio-economically disadvantaged high schools. The Leadership Enterprise of a Diverse America Scholars are extensively prepared by staff members such as Carl Hudson for a college education at a prestigious institution.
Carl Hudson: Experienced School Administrator
In 2010, Hudson was asked to assume the role of Flushing High School principal. In this position he was expected to demonstrate proficient leadership by utilizing data to establish high learning goals for the purpose of increasing student achievement. He also needed to rely on his expertise of curriculum instruction and assessment and successfully manage the school’s resources and operations to improve student learning. He was responsible for creating a culture of excellence through his personal leadership, which he needed to share with the staff and develop them as leaders to build a cohesive school community.
Carl Hudson’s day-to-day duties included handling scheduling, discipline, and student achievement. He was considered personally responsible for any successes and failures at the school and had to address them as they occurred. He consistently worked to achieve a greater understanding of the diverse students within Flushing High School. He even traveled to Puerto Rico, Spain, Singapore, Portugal, Uruguay, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic to research and experience the culture and education systems of these countries.
To further develop his skills as a high school principal, Hudson joined the National Association for Secondary School Principals. This organization’s mission is to “promote excellence in middle level and high school leadership through research-based professional development, resources, and advocacy so that every student can prepare themselves for postsecondary learning opportunities and be workforce ready.” Hudson’s membership granted him the ability to have his voice and the needs of his students heard by the organization’s advocates who lobby for change in the nation’s capital. It also gave him the opportunity to share information and network with other members who are located all over the United States and in 45 countries around the world.
Children First Network 201
Hudson is currently enjoying his position as an achievement coach for Children First Network 201. The Children First Network is the way schools are broken up to receive optimal operational support from the New York City Department of Education. Each network has its own staff of education professionals who assist the schools on many different fronts. Principals are able to choose which network they want to associate with based on common priorities.
Child First Network 201 is made up of 32 schools throughout New York City. Hudson utilizes his expertise to work with each of these 32 principals to develop their goals, student intervention plans, and professional development. He collaborates with them to implement the Common Core, which he experienced when working at Flushing High School. He ensures that their work coincides with the yearly expectations of the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education.
Carl Hudson also works with the assistant principals and teachers within his network. He is responsible for training and supporting them with regard to evidence-based curriculum and instruction, standards, and assessment. Carl Hudson gives these teachers valuable student engagement strategies and instructional techniques which will help them with classroom management and preparing their students to become college and career ready.
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