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New York City
September 2001
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The Promise of a New School Year: New Teachers
New York City public schools are going through a period of vast migration. As senior teachers are retiring and others have left the profession, the Board of Education has launched a massive campaign to recruit nearly 8,000 teachers needed for the new school year. Teachers from overseas have literary migrated to the U.S. and into the NYC school system, while other individuals have “literally” from previous careers to the teaching profession. The recruitment process takes place at a time when New York City public schools face what has been characterized as the worst teacher shortage in history. (more)

Thirteen Releases Updated Version of Jewish Heritage Series
By Joa n Baum, Ph. D.
The upcoming fall TV season no doubt prompted Channel 13’s decision to release an updated version of the public television blockbuster award-winning series of 15 years ago Heritage: Civilization and the Jews.

Mentoring USA Helps Teach English as a Second Language By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Holly Darling
The challenge schools and teachers face in educating classes full of students with a wide range of previous schooling and cultural backgrounds is not to be taken lightly. (more)

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at the NY Botanical Garden (more)

Exploration Station: Manhattan’s First Teacher Supply Store
Back to school shopping is not just for students. Teachers around the city are also shopping for materials to prepare their classrooms for the new school year. This year, Exploration Station promises to make the task a bit easier. (more)

Teens Share Summer Adventures By Rachel Mittelman
During her dream vacation, 16-year-old New Yorker Necoe Simpson noticed policemen pulling license plates off of illegally parked cars. Despite that bit of culture shock, she found Mexico more like home than she had expected. (more)

Exploring Alternatives to Public School Education (more)

Reflections on the Budget By Jill Levy
FUD! The “barebones” budget recently adopted by both houses of the New York State Legislature has entire school communities experiencing FUD. (more)

New Presidents Series (more)

New Schools to Open this Fall in NYC
The Board of Education (BOE) has approved the establishment of several new schools that will open this fall throughout the city, some in already existing schools. (more)

Finally, Professional Development for Principals By SARAH ELZAS
“The role of Principal has changed over the last ten years,” explained Supervising Superintendent Joyce Copin at the New Principals’ Summer Institute, an intense, five-day professional development program for principals with two years or less of experience, held recently at the School for the Physical City.

Reach the World: “Aiming for Big Impact in Small Communities” By MARYLENA MANTAS
When Heather Halstead speaks of her voyage around the world, her eyes have a calm, soothing glance and the tone of her voice significantly softens. She makes sailing sound uniquely personal and appears mesmerized by the images of the people and places she encountered. (more)

Teachers College Helps New Teachers Stay In the Classroom By Marylena Mantas
When the Teacher’s College New Teachers Institute (TCNTI) was founded four years ago it served only 20 teachers in District 32 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (more)

Every Saturday at noon, 12-year-old Katerina Taketzis and 15-year-old Amalia Dedousis produce and host a show called Cosmos Kids on Cosmos FM (WNYE-91.5 FM). (more)

Bramson Ort College (more)

Four City College Undergraduates Receive Jeannette Watson Fellowships By Marylena Mantas
Lincoln Ajoku, a junior enrolled in City College’s honors program, spent his summer completing an internship at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). (more)

Surgeon Titles: Dr. vs. Mr. By Mr. Rodney Croft
Special to Education Update
While surgeons carry the appellation “Dr.” in the USA and other parts of the world, in the UK they are referred to as “Mr.” How has this anomaly arisen? (more)

The Noblest Roman of Them All: Dean Stanford Roman By Jacob M. Appel
An old joke tells aspiring high school students how to gain admission to medical school: have parents with high SAT scores. If a great number of the physicians in New York City are the children and grandchildren of physicians– including, incidentally, the majority of medical school deans–then Dean Stanford Roman of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College is certainly the “eclectic educator” among the directors of the city’s medical schools. (more)

Shy People Are Not Born That Way, According To IU Researcher
People are not born shy, according to Bernardo Carducci, a professor of psychology at Indiana University Southeast.(more)

Smith Abbot Law Firm Brings Broad Experience and Dedication To The Seriously Injured

Researcher Awarded $450,000 For Study
Jay Edelberg, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiovascular researcher and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, has been named a 2001-2004 Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and the Alliance for Aging Research. (more)

Laparoscopic Surgery The Technique
Video technology has entered the operating room in the form of laparoscopic surgery, a technique used to treat many abdominal conditions. (more)

School is for Kids By Dr. Carole Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
Why is it that we can’t have a discussion about school anymore without mentioning the “T” word? Tests are not what school is all about. School is about learning, and learning, when presented in an interesting way, is what children most enjoy. (more)

A Battle Plan Against Depression By Rachel Mittelman
In one “Cathy” comic, the heroine crossly describes men as “all solution, no sympathy.” For depressed teenagers and their parents, as Dr. Miriam Kaufman has learned over 18 years of work with teens, this attitude can be as misguided as the oft derided “all sympathy, no solution” approach. (more)

Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations (more)

An Impressive Beginning By Tom Kertes
Normal Girl is an imperfect, but nevertheless extremely impressive, debut for Molly Jong-Fast, the 23-year- old daughter of Erica Jong and Jonathan Fast. (more)

Book Reviews By Selene Vasquez (more)

Suprising Turns Pave Way to Rewarding Career By Rachel Mittelman
Gail Anderson is not the sort of person who had her entire future planned out by the time she was 10. Her career path has already taken a number of surprising turns, and although she is happy with her current profession, she still intends to develop it in new directions. (more)

Navigating the World: Children Who Are Blind By M.C. Cohen
The young boy who is blind was maneuvering his way around the carefully constructed Guild School hallway using a “kiddie” cane to help guide him. He was not alone. Along on the journey with the three-year-old was Orientation & Mobility (O & M) instructor Stu Filan. (more)

Exchange Student Experiences: Japan By Christopher Lapinig
It was the language of Japan that brought me thousands of miles away from my home; the prospect of speaking to native speakers and nurturing my language skills. (more)

September in History Compiled by Chris Rowan (more)

Revolutionizing Our Schools By Mayor Rudy Giuliani
It is well known that NYC has enjoyed a historic decline in crime over the past seven years. Less well known is that the principles behind this breakthrough can also be applied to other areas, specifically to improving the quality of our children’s education. (more)

Governor Must Come Through for Our Schools By Assemblyman Steven Sanders
On August 3, both houses of the Legislature adopted Governor Pataki’s education funding proposal which increases State dollars to school districts by $382 million as part of the overall State budget. (more)

The Bard And Bland America: “O” & “Ghost World” By Jan Aaron (more)

The Adventures Of Maya The Bee By Jan Aaron (more)

Family Programs at the New York Aquarium (more)

Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
While many votaries of Norman Rockwell’s work know that he lived and drew the town and people of his beloved Stockbridge in the Berkshires, few know that he was born in Manhattan and grew up in New Rochelle.

Family Audio Guide at Whitney Museum (more)

The 92nd Street Y
A home for learning for over 127 years, the 92nd Street Y is a great place for kids and teens to learn something new while having fun and making new friends. There is something for every child at the Y. (more)

SI Educators Discover the Familiar at Ellis Island By Kahdeidra Martin and Katarzyna Kozanecka
Some 30 Staten Island school officials became threads in our nation’s fabric recently by exploring the Ellis Island Tapestry, an interactive curriculum that teaches history and social studies through drama. (more)

Discovering Good Teaching at Juilliard By JOAN BAUM, Ph.D.
There may be no more reliable assessment of a teacher than the observation of a teacher by another who becomes a student. This past spring I, a longtime college teacher of English, took an evening music course at The Juilliard School with Peiwen Chao, and I was able to recognize and admire her methods. (more)

Vanguard Crafts (more)

New York League for Early Learning: Universal Pre-Kindergarten By Ronald S. Lenkowsky, Ed.D.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten is an effective new method to ensure that New York’s four-year-olds get an excellent start to their formal education. (more)

Croquet: A Gentle Lawn Game By Tom Kertes
“There are only three resorts in the entire United States right now that teach croquet,” said Jerry Stark, who teaches this unique sport at the Meadowood Resort in California’s Napa Valley. “It’s a great sport but it has never achieved widespread popularity till this day.” (more)

Leading into The Future through Hoops By Tom Kertes
The Hoops and Leaders Basketball Camp (HLBC), a unique program that’s only in its first season, brings together 32 boys from all over New York City—of age 14-16—and 32 professional men to get to know each other and to, hopefully, establish a mentoring relationship long into the future. (more)

Ashton Digital Unveils Passport 2000 By Mitchell Levine
Ashton Digital, premier mobile technology manufacturer, recently unveiled its Passport 2000 Series - the newest addition to its family of Intel-based PC notebooks. (more)

Closing Gender Gap in the Sciences
Women’s gains have stalled and in some cases eroded in engineering and computer science, despite effective new programs to increase women’s participation in these fields, according to a major new report released recently by the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). (more)

iSchoolZone Web-based High School Regents Review Product
School administrators, curriculum directors, technology coordinators and teachers are now closer to a solution to curriculum/classroom demands by the state. (more)

Oracle Internet Academy Brings Technology to Schools
Oracle Internet Academy (OIA) is a partnership between Oracle and secondary schools to teach high school juniors and seniors Java and database programming skills. (more)


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