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New York City
January 2002

Nation’s Largest University Expands

An Interview with Chancellor Robert King
By Marylena Mantas

The State University of New York is growing! Seeking to attract more students from the Metropolitan area to its 64 campuses, the State University of New York (SUNY) recently opened a new Metropolitan Recruitment Center in midtown Manhattan. The center hopes to better disseminate information about SUNY to high school students, their parents and guidance counselors and to better assist them with the college application process. (more)


Revival of Radio at Brooklyn Tech By Katarzyna Kozanecka
A $10,000 grant from Mary Smart of the Smart Foundation will be used towards the construction of a sound studio at Brooklyn Technical High School, where WNYE-FM was born in 1938. (more)

CUNY & BOE Chancellors Propose K-16 System By Sybil Maimin
Appearing together to tout a K-16 system that would blend their respective institutions, New York City Schools Chancellor Harold Levy and CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein spoke of the mutual advantages of a partnership. The University has the strength to help public school teachers and students, and the schools are a natural feeding ground for the University. (more)

Creative Expression Helps Children Deal with Tragedy By Marie Holmes
“The memory I found in my big toe. It was the shape of a star. There was no sound and the star was face up…” said Tori-Anne Idzinski, reading her poem to a silenced crowd. Tori-Anne is a 6th grader at PS 31 in Brooklyn. Her classroom is one of several that are visited by instructors from the Children’s Movement for Creative Education (CMCE) each week. (more)

Collaboration Between BOE and CUNY Fosters Pockets of Excellence By Marylena Mantas
In 1986 the New York City Board of Education (BOE) joined forces with the City University of New York (CUNY) to launch an innovative program seeking to encourage and prepare minority students to enter the medical profession. The two partners established the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education, a program created to bridge educational gaps and to lead its students toward the path of academic success. (more)

Online Publication Provides Students with Unique Learning Opportunities By Marie Holmes
When asked what he learns at HarlemLive that he didn’t learn in school, 19 year-old Senior Editor Melvin Johnson shakes his head, laughing. “I could go down a list,” he says. “You learn html, you learn programming, networking skills, public speaking skills . . .” (more)

Homeschooling Resources On- and Off-Line (Part II) By SARAH ELZAS
Homeschooling, as an alternative to traditional, classroom-based education, has been growing in popularity across the United States for several years. It is now legal in all 50 states, but each state regulates it differently. (more)

Caroline Kennedy Shares Her Mother’s Favorite Poems With Harlem Community
Hoping to share her passion for poetry and her love of the library, Caroline Kennedy visited the Countee Cullen branch of the New York Public Library recently and read to students and community members from her new book The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. (more)

Perspective By JILL LEVY (more)

Join the Makulu II As It Sets Sail for Adventures Around the World
Headed by Heather Halstead, Reach the World is a non-profit organization founded to develop interactive, expedition-based educational resources on the Internet for students and teachers. (more)

Outstanding Educators Honored at Columbia University’s Phi Delta Kappa By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Faculty House at Columbia University was the scene of a well-attended event recognizing three outstanding educators for their many years of service to New York City schools and children. (more)

Schools for Pregnant Girls: A Historical Perspective By Andrew Schiff
Back in 1965, a school was founded to help deal with the growing phenomena of infant mortality and premature births among teen mothers in the most depressed areas of New York City. (more)

Poet Laureate Billy Collins: Lehman College By Ari McKenna
Billy Collins was recently elected the Library of Congress’s eleventh Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. “Billy Collins’ poetry is widely accessible. (more)

A New Year Ahead for New College Presidents
President Norman Fainstein: Connecticut College By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
(First of a Series Interviewing New College Presidents Around the Country)
Norman Fainstein became the President of Connecticut College after many years as an academic at such distinguished institutions as City University and Vassar College. (more)

Kerlins Say Thanks With $8 Million to Bank Street and Wave Hill
Bank Street College of Education and Wave Hill are pleased to announce that the two New York City institutions have each received a $4-million gift from Sally and Gilbert Kerlin. (more)

Novelists Explore Creative Process at Syracuse University By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
The elegant wood-paneled rooms of the Pierpont Morgan Library were a fitting venue for an exploration of the creative process by noted authors, graduates and professors of Syracuse University. (more)

Dean Ralph A. O’Connell: New York Medical College
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though not as well known perhaps as some other medical schools in the New York City area, the School of Medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla, in Westchester County, is hardly a well-kept secret.

Weill Cornell Medical College Advances Edited by Herman Rosen, M.D. (more)

Toilet Learning at the Bank Street Family Center By Diana Musa
Many parents of toddlers begin to wonder when it’s time to make the developmental move from diapers to underwear. How do you know it’s time to start toileting your child? (more)

Great Games for Growing Children By Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)
Games are excellent for to learn and gain confidence. Playing games provides many skills like strategy, observation, sequencing, plus learning to share and taking turns. All are important lessons. Consider these excellent new, educational and fun games for many benefits. (more)

From the Superintendent’s Seat
Back To Basics By Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
A common education theme we are hearing is the question, “What about getting back to basics?” Such concern stems from identification of poor skills in communication and mathematics—the two areas that are routinely put to state standardized testing. (more)

If you ask Dr. McCune… Every Child is an Individual
After many decades of enforced segregation in “contained” classrooms, often labeled with diagnoses that quickly became pejorative, children with disabilities gained the right to inclusion with their peers in the least restrictive environment compatible with their needs. (more)

Children’s Software Reviews (more)

Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations By H. HARRIS HEALY, III (more)

January Book Reviews by Selene Vasquez (more)

Book Review
Fighting Terrorism: The International Terrorist Network By Merri Rosenberg (more)

This Beauty Is No Beast! By Jan Aaron (more)

Wizardry on the Screen: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By Jan Aaron (more)

Lentol Supports NY Aquarium
Through the support of Assemblyman Joseph Lentol of School District 14, which encompasses Greenpoint and Williamsburg, the New York Aquarium’s Education Department received a $10,000 local initiative grant for preparing students of marine biology. (more)

Young Artists View Picasso’s Work By Marie Holmes
Ninth graders from the Art & Design High School recently visited the CUNY Graduate Center to view the exhibit Picasso from Malaga: Graphic works from the Fundacion Picasso, Ayuntamiento de Malaga, cosponsored by Instituto Cervantes. (more)

Listening Adventures for Children at Carnegie Hall By Marylena Mantas
“The best way to experience Listening Adventures is to see it yourself,” advises Lisa Hanford Halasz, Ph.D., director of education at Carnegie Hall. (more)

Council for Exceptional Children Prepares for 2002 Convention
The New York Local Arrangements Committee of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has been preparing for the 2002 Annual Convention and Expo, the largest professional development event for individuals working in the field of special education, scheduled to take place in New York City on April 3-6. (more)

Parents Make a Group Home a Reality By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Dr. Christine Cea is the parent of Stephanie, a 30-year-old daughter with severe mental retardation and physical disabilities who lives in a group home, the Lo Faso House, run by community resources in Staten Island. (more)

Approaching Learning Differences:
Dr. Mel Levine at Bank Street College of Education By Marie Holmes
As the number of children who are labeled “learning-disabled” and diagnosed with behavioral disorders such as ADHD seems to be constantly increasing, parents, educators, and, of course, the students themselves, are left wondering what these labels mean and how they affect the classroom dynamic. (more)

Applied Behavior Analysis: What Can It Do For My Child? By Stephen C. Luce, Ph.D. and George Linke, Psy.D.
In last month’s article, “Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis,” we reviewed some relevant elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Here we provide readers with information about how they can find clinicians to help them use behavioral techniques with their children, students, or clients. (more)

People with Disabilities Lend a Hand to Olympic Effort By Paul Smoller
Young adults from YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities are lending their support to the effort to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City. (more)

Marc-us it Down: Camby is the Principal of the Future By Tom Kertes (more)

Playing Is Universal
What to Look for in a Quality Sports Program
By M.C. Cohen
Jeff took two deep rhythmic breaths. He was ready to shoot his foul shot. He picked up the ball and placed his hand over his head. He listened for the teacher to ring the bell on the basket six feet above the ground and with a perfectly cocked wrist he released the ball. (more)

Lapworks Laptop Desk By Mitchell Levine
Some products are revolutionary because they solve old problems in an entirely new and effective way. In the 1980s, fax machines were a quantum leap in communications technology because they made the telegram obsolete. (more)

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