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New York City
October 2002

Joshua Bell: A Genius of Note
by Joan Baum, Ph.d.
The surprise
is not that Joshua Bell, the world renowned violinist, lives up to the hype about him as an all-around wonderful guy, or that at 34 he is that relatively rare example of a prodigy who has made good, but that he handles his still-growing fame with such ease and confidence that he can switch suddenly from humorous quip to profound comment and give the impression that an intimate and deeply reflective conversation has just gone on... (more)

Guaspari Makes Music in Harlem
by Marie Holmes

Rest position. Put your violin out. Put your bow straight out. Balance your weight–center your weight. Don’t wiggle!”

Education Update Sponsors the John Lennon ‘Million Dollar Bus’
by Marie Holmes

Holland, an 8th grade student at the Professional Performing Arts School, announces that she has been working on a song. Without so much as a blush, she belts out the chorus, hitting every note.
.. (more)

Profiles in Education
Laurie Tisch-Sussman: Creative Solutions to Art Education’s Woes

by Marie Holmes
Laurie Tisch-Sussman has always had an idealistic streak... (more)

The Transforming Power of Music and Art
by Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Since 1995, as an after-school mentoring program, Mentoring USA has supplemented the classroom activities by developing partnerships in the fields of music and the arts... (more)

Inside the Superintendent’s Office:
Supt. Vincent Grippo, District 20

by Marie Holmes
On the fifth floor of a sparkling, newly renovated building, with views of the nearby Verrazano bridge, Superintendent Vincent Grippo and his staff oversee 31,000 children... (more)

Students Learn Outdoors in the Pacific Northwest
by Brendan Kiley
Snuggled in the woods of Bainbridge Island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, the newly-opened Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center (PSELC) provides students with new... (more)

School Vouchers: Legal Perspectives
by Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
On June 27, 2002, the Supreme Court delivered a significant school decision in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris... (more)

Reforming Math in Schools
by Jerrold Ross, Ph.D.
Public and private college and university mathematics educators gathered recently to establish a city-wide consortium on improving the teaching of math in New York City’s schools... (more)

Learning Leaders Helps Students Succeed
The recent opening meeting of Learning Leaders headed by Carol Kellerman, filled the Sheraton ballroom to overflowing...

An Open Letter From the Publisher
Who's the “Teacher of the Month” in Your School?

Voucher Lobby Gets a Boost
by Sybil Maimin
School vouchers, a controversial subject,  is under public scrutiny...

Back to Math and Science
by Janet Perna

As our kids get back into the swing of school, teachers, parents and business leaders need to remind our young people that math and science education is as vital to their future as it is to ours... (more)

Halstead Brings the World into NYC Classrooms
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Teachers and students recently came together in a culminating activity that really connected them to other countries and peoples, clearly demonstrating the success of Heather Halstead’s... (more)

Klaas Kids & Court TV Present Forensics Curriculum
by Tom Kertes
“It’s the most horrible thing that can ever happen to a parent... (more)

ARC of San Diego Provides Area with Quality Programs
The Arc of San Diego has a rich tradition of developing quality programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities... (more)

“The Promise of Preschool” Airs
Sunday, October 27 at 12:30 pm on WNET/13

y Merri Rosenberg
In this compelling documentary, the film asks the provocative question of whether the American convention of starting public school in kindergarten is too late... (more)

School Humor Winner - Winner of $25 - Congratulations!
At the beginning of the school year, one sixth grader was reflecting on his chance at being the 8th grade valedictorian... (more)

Poll Shows Voters Want States to Fund Preschool
State governments should provide enough funding so that every American family can afford to send its three and four year-old children to a high-quality preschool education program... (more)

Grants for School Districts
A New Monthly column to help school superintendents and principals get addiitional funding so needed at a time when school budgets have been cut... (more)

Upcoming Conferences... (more)

Teaching Art Through History as a Right Brained Activity
by Sharon Jeffus

I believe that art can be incorporated with many different core subjects.
.. (more)

College President Series:
Gregory H. Williams: President, City College

by Marie Holmes

My father somehow developed this great thirst for knowledge,” says Gregory H. Williams, who became City College’s 11th President on August, 2001... (more)

City College: Past and Futur
by Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.

High tuition costs do not guarantee a superior college education...

Dean Series:
Teachers College Dean Plans Higher Profile for Insitution

by Merri Rosenberg

Mrs. Baker would be very proud... (more)

$4 Million Gift Launches Sally Kerlin Institute
Sarah “Sally” Kerlin ’36, demonstrated a lifelong commitment to Bank Street...

Sophie Davis Med School Freshmen Win Scholarships
Pre-med students Elliot James Aguayo and Kimberly Watson are this year’s recipients of the Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE) Unsung Hero Scholarships presented annually...

Columbia Nursing Dean Hopes to Transform Profession
by Merri Rosenberg

To hear Mary O’Neil Mundinger, Dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and the Centennial Professor in Health Policy, explain it, the much discussed nursing shortage has less to do... (more)

From the Superintendent’s Seat:
Integrating Arts into the Curriculum

by Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs

When I heard that this issue of Education Update would be focusing on arts in education, I was so proud... (more)

Exciting Activities in the Everett Children’s Adventure
Garden at The NY Botanical Garden
Trees dressed with fiery red, orange, and yellow leaves; gold-kissed blades of grass, and crisp cool air means fall is upon us... (more)

People Like You’: Living Successfully with Learning Disabilities
by Jonathan Mooney
“Jonathan, people like you flip burgers. Mark my words; that is what you will end up doing.” This is how I started my high school career... (more)

More Than Moody: Depression in Teens
According to a recent report by the United States Surgeon General, approximately 3.5 million children and teenagers suffer from depression... (more)

Facts On Teenage Depression From More Than Moody
by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz
Each year as many as 8.3 percent of the adolescent population will begin exhibiting signs of depression... (more)

Phi Delta Kappa International: Meeting on Special Education
Area 6F Host Chapters: Columbia University, Teachers College, CUNY, Fordham,Iona College, LIU, Mercy College, NYU,Pace University, NYC, Westchester, S.I... (more)

Life on the Color Line, by Gregory Howard Williams 
by Merri Rosenberg

Someone should introduce Gregory Howard Williams to Frank McCourt...

October Events at the Bank Street Bookstore
Located on the corner of 112th Street and Broadway. All events are free!..

Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations... (more)

Music in the Schools
by Kitty Carlisle Hart
For the past 25 years, I have been trying to get music into the regular curriculum of the public school system... (more)

Vienna Choir Boys and Boys Choir of Harlem Join Together for First American Performance in the Great Hall at City College of New York, Thursday, October 17
On Thursday, October 17, a historic meeting of two cultures representing five centuries of glorious music-making, will take place in the Great Hall of The City College of New York... (more)

Whitney Museum to Host Family Day
Saturday, November 2, 2002 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Whitney will clear an entire floor of the museum for its third annual family day... (more)

The Little Orchestra Society’s “Lolli-Pops” Find New Home
Lolli-Pops, The Little Orchestra Society’s popular concerts for children ages 3–5, will be making their new home at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th off Lexington) for the 2002-2003 season... (more)

Product Review: The JetSlide

by Andrew Schiff
Interested in learning how to play slide guitar? (more)

Ashton Digital Unveils Passport 2000
by Mitchell Levine
Ashton Digital, premier mobile technology manufacturer, recently unveiled its Passport 2100 Series - the newest addition to its family of Intel-based PC notebooks... (more)

Lauren Glazer: Restaurant Manager
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.

It’s 1:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, gloriously sunny, a welcome respite from the intense muggy heat of the last few days, and anyone with a love of food, New York, and the outdoors would be...

Mayor’s Management Report: Your City’s Report Card
by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Where do you turn when you want to know what condition your child’s school building is in, if the local playground is in good repair or how clean the streets in your neighborhood are... (more)

CFE Case to Court of Appeals: Pataki Should Settle
by Assemblyman Steven Sanders
The Court of Appeals will soon hear oral arguments in the landmark Campaign for School Equity case. Governor Pataki, regrettably, appealed the decision by Justice DeGrasse, which held... (more)

Upbeat Uptown: “Harlem Song” Dramatic Downtown: “Shanghai Ghetto”
by Jan Aaron
George C. Wolfe’s, “Harlem Song,” at the legendary Apollo Theater, tells the history of Harlem through a 90-minute revue, combining songs, dances, films, and interviews... (more)



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