A Passion for Education - Ad astra per aspera
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
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.
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
thrill of new ideas, new programs, helping others lead more
fulfilling lives will always continue to inspire me.
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.
Professor of Education
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
With best wishes.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
Congratulations as you embark on your second
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.
Founder & President
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.
Bank Street College
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
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
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.
K. Frank, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Marlene Springer, President
College of Staten Island, CUNY
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
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.
E. Lawton, President
Women’s City Club of New York
to Education Update on celebrating its 10th Anniversary!
to bringing education news and issues to the public is a great
service to us all! Kudos!
Lynn Sells, Asst. VP
Planning & Program Development
of Gov. & Commun. Affairs
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.
Music Archivist, YIVO
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.
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.
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
congratulate Education Update on reaching its 10th
Anniversary, and look forward to its continued success.
B. DeFleur, President
State University of New York
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.
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.
G. Basker, President
Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History, NY
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Founder & Trustee,
Foundation of New York
on your 10th anniversary!
You are to
be commended for creating a forum in which many different points
of view can be presented.
Carole G. Hankin
Syosset Central School District
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.
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!
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.
United Federation of Teachers, NYC
You’ve put a spotlight on education in New York City! Keep
it up, keep it shining.
Council of School Supervisors
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.
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!
Exec. & Artistic Dir., Carnegie
Weill 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.
National Dance Institute
The National Dance Institute and Jacques d’Amboise extend their warmest
wishes and admiration to Education Update on their 10th year.
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.
S. Freilich, Vice Chairman
Consolidated Edison, Inc.
heartiest congratulations to you and to the Education Update staff
and supporters on reaching your 10th anniversary!
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
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
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.
J. Croft FRCS FACS
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!!
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.
school like ours needs and appreciates people with your energy
May the success
of these first 10 years lead to an even more successful second
P. Simopoulos, M.D., Pres.
for Genetics, Nutrition & Health
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.
VP & Director of Education
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.
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.
for your first decade, and another three for the next!
Robert Alfano, Distinguished
Professor of Science & Engineering
The City College of New York
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.
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.
and good luck for many more decades of success.
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.
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.
S. Blackman, Ph.D.
Prof. Emeritus of Ed. & Psychology
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.
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
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.
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”.
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.
many more to come.
Stein, MD, MPH
Center for Cancer Prevention
Congratulations on 10 years of excellent education news coverage.
wait to see what the next decade brings! Keep up the great work.
Chairman and CEO
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.
Alice Belgray, Chair
The Children’s Book Committeet
Bank Street College, NY
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!
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
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
D. Cea, Ph.D.
NYS Institute for Basic Research in
Best Wishes to Pola Rosen, Editor. Happy 10th Birthday Education Update,
a valuable and informative publication for educators and families.