HOW I TEACH Meet Casey DePasquale, a science teacher who has developed some strategies for peering into her students minds to figure out what they mean when they say “I don’t get it.” Chalkbeat

FIRST PERSON Learn how Nadia Lopez, a principal who became famous through Humans of New York, figured out how to adapt a mentorship program that wasn’t working. Chalkbeat

CONTRACT DISPUTE In a surprising vote, workers at hundreds of city-funded pre-schools voted down a contract that would have included a modest raise, but which critics said would leave them just scraping by. DNAinfo

NUMBERS GAME The city acknowledged that chronic absenteeism rates at the city’s struggling “Renewal” schools was higher than previously reported. New York Post

GYM CLASS New data show almost three quarters of all elementary school children did not receive the state-mandated minimum amount of exercise last school year. SchoolBook

ROCKING THE BOAT Community Service Society reports on a summer partnership between Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the south Bronx and the nonprofit Rocking the Boat. CSS

TURNAROUND EFFORT Here’s how Harlem’s P.S. 123 made its way off the state’s list of “persistently dangerous” schools. DNAinfo 

SENATE RACE Democratic state Senate candidate Micah Lasher, who represents parts of Manhattan and used to be Bloomberg’s chief lobbyist in Albany, is now taking more union-friendly positions on education. Politico New York

CROWD CONTROL As the first day of school approaches, many schools in Queens will contend with overcrowding. Times Ledger

BULLYING STATS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report this week that shows “significant underreporting” of incidents of harassment and discrimination. Village Voice

FARM TO CAFETERIA The state announced $500,000 in grants Thursday to increase the amount of locally grown fruits and vegetables offered in school cafeterias. Associated Press