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Distinguished Leaders in Education
Outstanding Educators of the Year 2009 Awards Ceremony
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
And you thought Thanksgiving was only in November and that only Plymouth rocked....READ MORE

Exclusive Interview:
Alonzo Mourning’s Triumph Over Kidney Disease
By Richard Kagan
How did you get the nickname “the ultimate warrior?”
Based on my demeanor and determination, over the years the nickname came from the perception that people took from my intense play....READ MORE


CUNY and New York City Public School Graduates are Thriving
By Jay Hershenson
New York City public high school graduates are thriving at CUNY Colleges, like Fei Yan Mock, who received her foundation for learning at the New York City Lab High School in Manhattan and is now an undergraduate at Hunter College majoring in biochemistry and classical studies....READ MORE

Letters to the Editor - August 2009


Sadlier Conference on U.S. Mathematics Achievement
By Lauren Shapiro
In 2006, President Bush created a National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP), comprised of 20 expert panelists and five ex-officio members, to advise him and the Secretary of Education on the best use of scientifically-based research on the teaching and learning of math, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in learning algebra....READ MORE

School Reform: Tinkering Around the Edges
By Jerrold Ross, Ph.D
School reform has been the subject of articles, books, speeches (including campaign), op-ed pieces, research, and most of all, political pronouncements....READ MORE

This Time, Let’s Truly Leave No Child Behind
By Mary Brabeck, Ph.D.
It is summer and faculty are heading for vacations with novels they have saved for beach reading....READ MORE

Accountability vs. Equity: Are They at Odds?
By Dr. Bonnie Brown
As educators, we labor under the rigor of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in our attempts to improve accountability through public test scores and district school-wide achievement metrics....READ MORE

Loews Corporation’s Education Scholarships
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
When Andrew Tisch talks about the Loews Corporation’s Scholarship Program, he breaks into a broad smile....READ MORE

Fighting for Geoscience Education
By Dr. Michael J. Passow
When National Science Education Standards was released in the 1990s, earth and space science education was boosted toward a position of equality with biology, chemistry, and physics....READ MORE

Does Testing Promote Accountability or Accounting?
By S.G. Grant, Ph.D.
These are vexing times for educators interested in nuance, context and complexity....READ MORE

Gifted Students Thrive in Vocational Environment
By Steven Frank, Staff Writer
A gifted student complains that her classes are too easy, so she gets bored....READ MORE

Sloan Work and Family Research Network Releases New Policy Brief on School Involvement Leave
President Barack Obama continues to underscore the importance of parental involvement in education as the beginning of education reform....READ MORE

Department of Education’s Big Apple Games Offer Free Activities for Ages 8-19
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) recently announced the start of the Big Apple Games, which offer free recreational activities for children between the ages of eight and nineteen....READ MORE


Gilder Lehrman Student Symposium: A Debate on Lincoln’s Greatness
By Steven Frank
Was Abraham Lincoln a true abolitionist who deserves the title of “The Great Emancipator?”...READ MORE

The Dean's Column
The Arithmetic Uniqueness of the Number 11
By Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
The number 11, since it is 1 greater than our base 10, has some lovely properties that can be used not only to shortcut some calculations, but also to exhibit some of mathematics’ hidden treasures....READ MORE 

Marymount Manhattan Writers’ Conference Examines Industry Revolution
By Sybil Maimin
The impact of
rapid changes in the world of communications was a major theme at the 2009 Writers’ Conference at Marymount Manhattan College....READ MORE

Bank Street College Children’s Book Awards
Children not only learn to read at Bank Street College’s School for Children; they also learn to evaluate picture books....READ MORE

Touro College’s Graduate School of Education To Launch Online/Blended Teacher Education Program
Dr. Bernard Lander, president and founder of Touro College, today announced that Touro’s Graduate School of Education will launch an “online/blended” program this fall....READ MORE

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Held at Moravian College
For the thirteenth consecutive year, Moravian College hosted the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Talented Youth program....READ MORE

Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business M.B.A. Students Renovate Playground
M.B.A. students from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business practiced corporate social responsibility while volunteering to renovate the playground at the California Avenue Elementary School last month....READ MORE


A Perspective on ADHD
By Raul Silva, M.D.
In this column I would like to share with the readership my own perspectives on what is probably the most common neuropsychiatric condition in our schools today....READ MORE

A Hope for an Inclusive Tomorrow
By Emmanuel Reed
One of the greatest fears that many parents face today is that their child will be diagnosed with autism or some other learning disability....READ MORE

John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
By Yuridia Peña
John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School will open its doors to 75 sixth graders this fall....READ MORE

Sterling School Graduates Inspire Its Current Students
Rain could not put a damper on the Sterling School’s 10th anniversary and graduation at the Peristyle in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park last month....READ MORE


New Eyes for the Needy: Giving the Gift of Sight
By Lisa K. Winkler, Staff Writer
New Eyes for the Needy’s mission is vision, and this New Jersey-based nonprofit volunteer organization works hard to guarantee that anyone who needs glasses gets them....READ MORE

Dr. Jonas Salk Scholarships Awarded to CUNY Pre-Meds
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced that eight CUNY pre-medical students have been awarded Jonas E. Salk Scholarships to study medicine....READ MORE

The Jed Foundation Hosts Eighth Annual Gala
The Jed Foundation was founded in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow, after their beloved son, Jed, commited suicide....READ MORE


Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations
By H. Harris Healy, III, President, Logos Bookstore
In the Education Update May 2009 issue, I talked about a quality supplier of paperbacks, Dover Publications....READ MORE

Summer Reading Recommendations from Education Update's Advisory Council


Making a Difference at the Holocaust Center in Purchase, NY
By Rich Monetti, Staff Writer
Genocide knows no geographic or historical boundaries, but its numerous instances share a series of striking similarities....READ MORE

Remembering A Life Long Past
By Jan Aaron, Staff Writer
They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Life in Poland Before the Holocaust will be exhibited at the Jewish Museum through October 1....READ MORE


Free and Fun Activities for a Great Summer Season
By Mayor Michael Bloomberg
The summer is now in full swing, and if you forget about the near-record rains we’ve been experiencing, you can see summer all around us....READ MORE

The Wonderful Multiethnic Tapestry of New York City
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Parades are a great way to celebrate the diversity of New York City....READ MORE

A Remarkable Dining Experience at Barbetta Restaurant
By Dr. Pola Rosen
If you ever want to enjoy a spectacular lunch or dinner and retreat entirely from the hustle and bustle of the city, dine at Barbetta Restaurant, the oldest single family-owned restaurant in New York City....READ MORE


Botswana’s Okavanga Delta: A Real Paradise on Earth
By Irving Spitz
Botswana is one of the few places left in Africa where large numbers of wildlife roam free through unfenced wilderness areas....READ MORE

The Salzburg Festival: A Magical Musical Extravaganza
By Irving Spitz
The five week Salzburg summer Festival has just run its course....READ MORE


A Mosaic Artist, Yiannis Frazis
By Marylena Mantas
Tourist groups from Russia to New York City often find visiting St. Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church in Chelsea on their list of attractions....READ MORE

Just Graduated, What Do I Do Now?
By Chris Duffy
Graduating in a recession is the best excuse for adventure....READ MORE

Tips for the Job Search from Grace Institute
By Mary Mulvihill, Ed.D.
In today’s very tight job market, candidates must ask themselves several hard questions as they proceed on their job search....READ MORE


Graduation Around the Nation 2009
Secretary Solis Urges Hunter Grads to Harness “Ganas” at 199th Commencement
By Steven Frank
Imagine yourself as U.S. Secretary of Labor during the greatest economic downtown since the Great Depression....READ MORE

Barnard College: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton & President Debra Spar
By Joy Resmovits
At the end of her first year as Barnard College’s President, Debora Spar ushered the class of 2009 through their final moments as students with the help of a guest speaker—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called for “digital diplomacy.”...READ MORE

Grace Outreach Graduates Speak
Grace Outreach is a program for single mothers who aged out of receiving a high school diploma....READ MORE

Teachers College: Mayor Cory Booker & President Susan Fuhrman
By Joy Resmovits
Future teachers and education policy makers graduated from Teachers College of Columbia University to strains of organ music under the arched ceiling of Riverside Church in May....READ MORE

Pakistani Student Speaks at Teachers College
Since a Fulbright Scholarship brought me to Teachers College less than two years ago, much has happened in Pakistan....READ MORE

A Long Road to Graduation
By Susan Randell
Getting my degree was a long-term goal of mine. Little did I realize how long the term would be....READ MORE


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