Spotlight on John Sasko
John Sasko was an NYC Teaching Fellow and a career changer, having worked in non-profit management with arts and social service agencies for over 12 years, before attending law school and practicing law for three years. He began his teaching career in the Bronx teaching 4th grade. After 21 years with the NYC Dept. of Education, John retired in May 2021. He has been an elementary classroom teacher, a math coach for a K-8 school and, most recently, an instructional lead for K-8 math, working closely with a Bronx school district. John has facilitated hundreds of hours of Professional Learning sessions for NYC on some math topics, including Number Talks, Fun with Fractions, Building Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics, Number Sense for K-2, Routines for Promoting Math Discourse, Family Math Nights, Data Based Instruction using Math Screeners. He is a certified trainer for First Steps in Mathematics, a diagnostic-driven math program from Australia. John is an advocate of Visual Teaching Strategies (VTS) and the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) developed by the Right Question Institute.