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A Passion for Education - Ad astra per aspera

By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.

It all started with a belief in the power of education to change people’s lives and enable them to “reach the stars through hard work.” After graduation from Barnard, I went to NYU Law School determined to be one of Ralph Nader’s Raiders.  Two years later, I enrolled in a doctoral program at Teachers College, Columbia University for a degree in special education. After teaching, supervising, college teaching and raising three children, I realized the need for information in one organized forum to enable parents to make informed decisions for themselves and their children, for educators to share best practices, for informing the corporate sector of the needs in education that would affect their future work force.

Beginning in my home with an eight-page newspaper, I soon outgrew our quarters to a small neighborhood office, then on to midtown. The passion for sharing knowledge with others has never diminished over the years. I’m indefatigable at deadline. The excitement of seeing the newspaper come together each month with an array of people, places and events in education has never ceased. 

The thrill of new ideas, new programs, helping others lead more fulfilling lives will always continue to inspire me.

Most of all, watching the excitement of a child learning will never cease to amaze me.  

10th Anniversary Congratulations From Around the Nation

Judith Shapiro, President
Barnard College, New York

Congratulations to Barnard alumna Dr. Pola Rosen, and to everyone at Education Update, on your 10th anniversary of publication.  At Barnard, we admire your triumphs in award-winning journalism and your commitment to excellence in education. With gratitude and appreciation, we look forward to another next decade of in-depth coverage of the events, issues, individuals and institutions shaping contemporary education.


Howard Gardner, Professor of Education
Harvard University

I have been reading Education Update regularly for years.  It presents a comprehensive and impressively nonpartisan view of what is happening in education in New York and beyond.  Recently, I’ve become a part-time New Yorker and I look forward to learning firsthand about some of the initiatives that I first encountered in my perusals of Education Update.

With best wishes.


Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor
City University of New York
On behalf of The City University of New York, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate Education Update on its 10th anniversary. Through your exemplary leadership, the newspaper has established itself as a vital resource for educators, parents, and students by covering everything from educational theories to the latest technologies and by providing a forum for strong and disparate voices.

As the issues facing K-12 education and higher education grow more complex, the University is particularly grateful for the opportunities Education Update provides to explore new ideas and revisit established tenets. The newspaper is giving expression to fresh perspectives and, in the process, bringing together a strong community of individuals and organizations committed to a better educational future. We are proud to be part of that community.

Congratulations to you and the entire staff for your dedicated and thoughtful work in reaching this milestone, and please accept my very best wishes for the continued success of Education Update.


Sigurd Ackerman, MD, President & Medical
Director, Silver Hill Hospital
New Canaan, CT

There is a great need for bringing advances in the health sciences to public attention and Education Update does an especially good job in doing just that. I congratulate you on your 10 years of success and look forward to the next decade of reading my regular copy.

With very best wishes.


Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
The City of New York
It is a great pleasure to send greetings to Education Update’s talented staff and congratulate them on 10 years of journalistic excellence.

Dr. Pola Rosen and the entire team at Education Update have been a tremendous source of information for our City’s schools, colleges and universities. Through their award-winning newspaper and website, they have assisted countless teachers, principals, college presidents and parents in providing New Yorkers with a high-quality education.

We must ensure that every New Yorker receives the education they need to be effective leaders in their workplaces and communities, and I thank you for efforts on behalf of this important cause.

Please accept my best wishes for a memorable year and continued success.


Laurie M. Tisch, Chair
Center for Arts Education

Warmest congratulations to Pola and her very gifted staff on the 10th anniversary of this important, informative and most interesting publication.

Keep it coming!


Jennifer J. Raab, President
Hunter College, CUNY

Hunter College congratulates Education Update
as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Your coverage of the crucial issues in education is essential reading for educators, parents, and all those concerned with educating students. Your incisive news stories and thought-provoking columnists make Education Update a first-rate publication.

Congratulations as you embark on your second prize-winning decade.


Carmen Fariña, Deputy Chancellor
for Teaching and Learning

I congratulate Education Update on this auspicious anniversary.  Your coverage of issues from many different perspectives and across public, private and parochial schools drives the dissemination of best practices for everyone in education.


Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Founder & President
Mentoring USA
Former First Lady NYS
Congratulations Pola on ten years of superb public service, helping to promote better education, the indispensable ingredient of a successful society. It has been an honor to contribute to your instructive update of issues and solutions by describing the benefits of afterschool programs including Mentoring USA for at risk youth. I’m sure you will continue to devote your bright mind and powerful determination to other worthy projects and I look forward to working with you.


Augusta Souza Kappner, President
Bank Street College

-On behalf of Bank Street College, I extend hearty congratulations to you on the tenth anniversary of the publication of Education Update. And I extend equally hearty congratulations to you and your staff on the exceptional quality of the articles you produce.

The range and depth of topics is immense, covering education issues across the spectrum, from preschool to college. The range of contributing writers is also impressive, including many of the leaders in education, both in the City and across the country. Further, you often reveal the links between seemingly disparate issues, sparking thoughtful debate among your readers.

Education Update is a fine publication—indeed, a necessary one for all in the field of education, and we at Bank Street look forward to your next decade.


Charlotte K. Frank, Ph.D.
Senior Vice-President
McGraw-Hill Companies, NYC

The reach and impact of Education Update became even clearer to me when I received a call from someone in Brazil who found me by reading Education Update’s web page. The fact is that this remarkable publication is the window through which educators and others see the world of education. It is a pleasure to congratulate the publisher on 10 years of achievement and ever growing importance to the community it serves.


Dr. Lorraine Monroe, Director
Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute

I look forward to each issue of Education Update to learn about the exciting things my colleagues are doing to transform children’s  lives.


Dr. Marlene Springer, President
College of Staten Island, CUNY

I am pleased to congratulate Education Update on its 10th anniversary, and look forward to many more years of your fine publication. You provide an invaluable resource for the educational community.


Edith Everett, President
Everett Foundation
Former CUNY Trustee

Education Update
has a valuable place in my own education. It keeps me current on important issues and happenings in education and does so in a succinct and readable way. I look forward to receiving it.



Blanche E. Lawton, President
Women’s City Club of New York

Congratulations to Education Update on celebrating its 10th Anniversary!

Your commitment to bringing education news and issues to the public is a great service to us all! Kudos!


Marcia Lynn Sells, Asst. VP
Planning & Program Development
Office of Gov. & Commun. Affairs
Columbia University
Congratulations on Education Update’s 10th Anniversary. I have enjoyed the articles that the paper presents each month and it has been extremely helpful in my work in government and community affairs. I wish you another 50 decades.


Chana Mlotek,
Music Archivist, YIVO

We congratulate you on your newspaper’s tenth anniversary. We appreciate your dedication to propagating the noble cause of education. This institute, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has long been devoted to the Yiddish education and research of Ashkenazic Jewry and is proud to have sponsored, among others, the Jewish cultural-educational EPYC program in the high schools.

Dr. Susan Erber
Superintendent, District 75

It is a pleasure for me to participate in the chorus of congratulations for Education Update, as you celebrate your 10 Year Anniversary. Your publication provides a much-needed reliable source of information on educational programs and ideas, in a most timely manner.

As Superintendent of D75, a New York City Department of Education school district serving special needs students, I have recommended your publication to both staff and parents over the years. All who subscribe have had only positive feedback about your organization.

I congratulate Education Update on reaching its 10th Anniversary, and look forward to its continued success.


Lois B. DeFleur, President
Binghamton University
State University of New York

Congratulations to Education Update! I am pleased to extend congratulations to Dr. Pola Rosen, the editors, and the staff at Education Update. Many educators believe that Education Update is an essential tool for keeping us current about events in the field.

For ten years, your publication has served the entire education community by providing breaking news and thoughtful commentary. You help higher education administrators to stay informed and develop policy. Kudos to your publication for a decade of excellence, and best wishes for the next ten years.


Dr. Alfred S. Posamentier, Dean
School of Education
The City College of New York

I am delighted that you have reached your first milestone of 10 years of excellent education news coverage. In New York City, where several decades ago there were many more newspapers than there are today, there was a great void to fill. Education Update has done a splendid job providing coverage of education stories and events of the New York City metropolitan area. I wish you well as you embark on your second decade. I am convinced you will continue to grow and keep the populace in this important region of the country informed in what could be one of the most important fields in our society: the education program for our next generation.



James G. Basker, President
Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History, NY

For ten years, Education Update has been a valuable resource for students, teachers, administrators, parents and anyone who cares about the future of education. Congratulations Dr. Rosen and the entire team. Best of luck in the future.


Arthur Levine, President
Teachers College

Congratulations and happy anniversary to Education Update for your first decade of fine reporting on education issues that matter. You are appreciated for your attention to detail, your focus on people, and your willingness to tell the good news as well as the bad. May the next ten years bring you even greater success.


Gregory H. Williams, President
City College of New York, CUNY

On behalf of all of us here at The City College of New York, it is a very great pleasure to congratulate Dr. Pola Rosen and her staff on the 10th Anniversary of Education Update. Your highly professional, critical coverage of the challenges, opportunities and triumphs of education—and the men and women who make them possible—has helped to shape the course of one of the most important aspects of our civil society.

As an educator with more than 30 years of experience in the field, I am particularly pleased that Education Update “gets it.” Your reporting reflects the deep truth, too little remarked, that public education is truly a K–16 enterprise, and that the health of our society and the success of our citizenry depends not only on our primary and secondary schools, but also on the public colleges and universities that educate the majority of our citizens.

We at CCNY are proud to pursue this mission, and honored to find a partner in Education Update.

And we very much look forward to your next decade.


Sandra Priest Rose
Founder & Trustee, Reading Reform
Foundation of New York

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary!

You are to be commended for creating  a forum in which many different points of view can be presented.


Dr. Carole G. Hankin
Syosset Central School District

Congratulations to Education Update on your tenth anniversary! It is great to be part of a publication that does such a fine job covering today’s issues in education. You are a valuable source for educators, parents, and anyone who is concerned about the future of our children.

Lee Iacocca said it very well. He said, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be in education and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” You are one of the best!


Joel I. Klein, Chancellor
NYC Department of Education

My congratulations on Education Update’s tenth anniversary. The newspaper’s broad and balanced coverage of school issues has helped inform public discussion of school reform and has provided significant value to the entire educational community.   I look forward to many more years of success.


Randi Weingarten, President
United Federation of Teachers, NYC

You’ve put a spotlight on education in New York City!  Keep it up, keep it shining.


Jill Levy, President
Council of School Supervisors
& Administrators
Brooklyn, NY

The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators congratulates Education Update on its 10th year. CSA is proud to be a continuing part of this informative and essential publication.


Assemblyman Steven Sanders
Chairman, Committee on Education
New York State

Happy 10th anniversary, Education Update! Congratulations on a triumphant decade in which you have set a new hallmark of excellence in education journalism and commentary about the huge and changing issues facing our schools. You are an indispensable resource for parents, educators, education professionals and public policy makers. Wishing you continued growth and success in the years to come.  Bravo!


Clive Gillinson
Exec. & Artistic Dir.,
Carnegie Hall
Hollis Headrick, Director
Music Institute, Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall congratulates Education Update on 10 years of service to the education community and for its role in making the public aware of the progress being made in arts education.


Jacques d’Amboise, Director
National Dance Institute

The National Dance Institute and Jacques d’Amboise extend their warmest wishes and admiration to Education Update on their 10th year.



Mark O’Connor, Violinist/Composer
Hearty congratulations on 10 years of doing a tremendous job of sharing the gifts and inspirations of education with teachers, principals, parents, administrators and students! Thank you, most especially, for your inclusion of the arts... music, theatre, visual arts and dance in the pages of Education Update in print and online. Your doing so says loudly and clearly that the arts are an important component of American education... today and every day.


Joan S. Freilich, Vice Chairman
Consolidated Edison, Inc.

My heartiest congratulations to you and to the Education Update staff and supporters on reaching your 10th anniversary!

Today, Education Update is clearly an invaluable resource for students and their parents, and for schools, colleges and a wide range of organizations and companies that provide related services.  What may not be as well known is that this publication also provides an important resource for local corporations such as Con Edison, helping us to communicate with young people who are our potential employees, as they prepare themselves for entering the workforce.  

We wish you continuing success, and hope that you are around for many decade-anniversaries to come!


Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.
Happy 10th Birthday to Dr. Pola Rosen and the staff of Education Update. Many thanks for creating a publication that enlightens and enriches the lives of parents, teachers, and students. Your bold experiment has enhanced the lives of your readers. You have my admiration and gratitude.


Rodney J. Croft FRCS FACS
Consultant Surgeon
London, UK
Many congratulations on Education Update’s birthday which celebrates the first decade of superb journalism which has enriched and cross fertilised the fountain of knowledge for hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. Continue onward and upward and please do not forget to invite me to the 21st birthday party!!


Cecelia McCarton, M.D.
President and CEO
The McCarton School

All of us here at The McCarton School congratulate you on your 10 years of solid contribution in the field of educational awareness and knowledge.

A growing school like ours needs and appreciates people with your energy and expertise.

May the success of these first 10 years lead to an even more successful second 10 years.


Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., Pres.
Center for Genetics, Nutrition & Health
Washington, DC

Congratulations on Education Update being 10 years old!  What a wonderful feeling.  I very much appreciate receiving Education Update because it provides very complete information on the roles that many educators play in enhancing the development of students.  I particularly like your “Spotlight on Schools” section and have been very pleased to contribute to the “Medical Update” section.


Ronald Thorpe
VP & Director of Education
Thirteen WNET
New York

It is remarkable that Education Update is about to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Congratulations! Not only has this venture been a job well done, but you have done it against the long odds that face any such undertaking while never compromising on the vision you have set for the publication.

Over the years, you and Education Update have had a regular spot in our life at Thirteen and especially within the Education Department. No other local education press has covered our work consistently and as fairly as you have. Education Update is always a place where we are proud to be.

Three cheers for your first decade, and another three for the next!


Dr. Robert Alfano, Distinguished
Professor of Science & Engineering
The City College of New York
I am delighted to extend my congratulations to Education Update on the occasion of its 10th Anniversary celebration. For the past decade your publication has been a source of keen insight, information and enlightenment for educators, parents and students. I am also pleased that you have emphasized the importance of developing research skills in our students from middle school through the university level.

There has never been a greater need for a publication like Education Update, which focuses intensely on the educational issues and programs that shape our young people and, by extension, that will impact the future of our nation.

Best wishes and good luck for many more decades of success.


Bonnie Kaiser, Ph.D., Director
Precollege Science Ed. Programs
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY
Congratulations to you and to all at Education Update on your 10th Anniversary. What a proud milestone in bringing the news about the best city in the world to the nation. It is incredible what our community is able to accomplish by rolling up our sleeves everyday and getting in there and making things better for the students and teachers in New York City.

I read Education Update as soon as it lands on top of my overloaded desk! I think every organization takes on the character of its leader. Education Update is first-rate because of you and your ability to find and nurture talent- just as our teachers do everyday. Congratulations and best wishes.


Leonard S. Blackman, Ph.D.
Prof. Emeritus of Ed. & Psychology
Teachers College
Columbia University

This is to congratulate you and your staff on the 10th anniversary of Education Update
. It is an excellent newspaper.  I find it to be well written, informative, and responsible.  It keeps me current with the fast moving developments in education.  I read it from cover to cover and find the time well spent. My only regret is that I did not subscribe to it earlier. I recommend it to anyone in the field of education.


Karen B. Winnick, Author
Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations to Pola Rosen and Education Update and its staff on your tenth anniversary. You have been a gift to for everyone who cares about education.


Dr. Geraldine Chapey, Member
Board of Regents, NYS
Congratulations to Dr. Pola Rosen on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Education Update. Her high quality, lively, informative and enjoyable articles are of great interest to educational leaders, teachers, parents and the community and are a superb resource and a strong force for change. Best wishes for a bright and exciting future for Education Update.


Frank Scalzo, Ph.D.
Education Program Specialist

Congratulations to Education Update on its 10th Anniversary! A sincere thanks for keeping national formal and informal education communities, as well as the general public up to date on the latest curriculum materials, programs, and fellowships, which are designed to improve their daily lives. NASA greatly appreciates your assistance with the dissemination of our vision and mission, especially our mission to “inspire the next generation of explorers...as only NASA can”.


Susan Elliott, Principal
Eleanor Roosevelt High School, NY

The first time that I saw Eleanor Roosevelt High School written up in Education Update
, I felt like we had made it to another tier. Thank you all for all that you do to keep information schools and educators current for all. Congratulations on your 10th year anniversary.

Wishing you many more to come.


Cynthia Stein, MD, MPH
Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention
Congratulations on 10 years of excellent education news coverage. I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings! Keep up the great work.


David Neeleman, Founder
Chairman and CEO
JetBlue Airways
Education Update’s relevance and voice is more important today, on its 10th anniversary, than ever before.  Bringing the educational community together through its pages helps bridge resource gaps while developing the professional sensibilities of our teachers, parents and students. On behalf of JetBlue’s 9,000 crewmembers, we thank you for the past 10 years of service to our community.


Dr. Alice Belgray, Chair
The Children’s Book Committeet
Bank Street College, NY

Congratulations to Pola Rosen and the staff at Education Update for 10 years of professional reporting and presentation of the many issues that concern people in education and related fields. The paper has grown into a prestigious organ, and we look forward to its monthly appearance with eager anticipation. Here’s to many more years of successful publishing!


Joan Washington, Principal
PS 811Q

Congratulations on the occasion of your 10th Anniversary! For ten years you have been bringing pertinent, balanced, challenging, and stimulating news to the education community. As a New York City Principal, I appreciate having a publication that prints the various unions’ analyses, health articles, parent views, administrator and teacher opinions, as well as City Hall reports, book reviews and more. Education Update does not shy away from provocative topics, such as high stakes testing and the state of Special Education. You find NY State Regents’ interviews, Superintendents’ visions, articles on the often forgotten Arts Education and Science Research.  The movers and shakers from the education community contribute to Education Update, allowing one to stay on top of latest trends. One of my favorite sections is the Outstanding Teachers of the Month, which celebrates the great works happening in our schools everyday by exceptional teachers. The Chancellor has attended this event every year, which proves to me that Education Update has brought the best out of the entire NY City school community!  Once again, kudos to all, and here’s to many more decades of award winning issues!


Christine D. Cea, Ph.D.
NYS Institute for Basic Research in
Developmental Disabilities

Best Wishes to Pola Rosen, Editor. Happy 10th Birthday Education Update, a valuable and informative publication for educators and families.



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