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COVER STORIES

Nelson Mandela: His Legacy Lives OnNelson Mandela:
His Legacy Lives On

By Omoefe Ogbeide, Lisa Young & Jasmine Bager
Education Update remembers former South African president Nelson Mandela. The leader passed away recently at the age of 95....READ MORE



The History of Dr. King Comes Alive in AtlantaThe History of Dr. King Comes Alive in Atlanta
By Omoefe Ogbeide
Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., this article explores Atlanta, Georgia, the home of this great civil rights leader....READ MORE



Interview: Professor Christine King Farris, Sister of MLKInterview:
Professor Christine King Farris, Sister of MLK

By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Education Update reviews the 2005 interview with Professor Christine King Farris, the sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....READ MORE


I Donít Hear America Singing in the South Bronx
By Gisela Rodriquez-Montalvo
Bronx teacher Gisela Rodriguez Montalvo's 1979 poem about the hardships of the people of the South Bronx and the hope of its revitalization is reprinted here....READ MORE

GUEST EDITORIALS & LETTERS

NYS Teachers Union VP Discusses Legislative PrioritiesGUEST EDITORIAL
NYS Teachers Union VP Discusses Legislative Priorities

By Andrew Pallotta
NYSUT executive vice president Andrew Pallotta discusses the needs in education and health care funding in New York State. NYSUT is a voice on the capital that pushes legistlature to keep these programs fully funded....READ MORE
Raising the Bar for Women Behind BarsGUEST EDITORIAL
Raising the Bar for Women Behind Bars

By Rev. Vivian Nixon
Rev. Vivian Nixon discusses the importance of advocating for women who have been incarcerated and are trying to reintegrate in the free society. Her group the College and Community Fellowship works to provide services which help these women find schooling, and other social services....READ MORE
Educating the Whole StudentGUEST EDITORIAL
Educating the Whole Student

By Matthew G. Mandelbaum, Ph.D.
Matthew Mandelbaum, Director of Outreach at the Robert Lewis Stevenson School discusses the need to give education to the whole adolescent. He feels that teens benefit fromteachers being aware of their emotional, social and academic needs just as yong children do....READ MORE
Teacher Education: “Who’s on First?”GUEST EDITORIAL
Teacher Education: “Who’s on First?”

By Mark Alter, Ph.D.
Mark Alter discusses the importance of teacher education and informs us to be cautious in finding an education school for teachers....READ MORE


SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOOLS

Improve School Culture, Improve School AchievementFROM THE SUPERINTENDENTíS DESK
Improve School Culture, Improve School Achievement

By Mary Robinson Cohen
A superintendent of a New Jersey public school district discusses the need to build a positive school culture so that it can facilitate student acheivement....READ MORE

Exclusive Interview with Sandra Priest Rose of the Reading Reform FoundationExclusive Interview with Sandra Priest Rose of the Reading Reform Foundation
By Jasmine Bager
Jasmine Bager discusses the Reading Reform Foundation, whose goal is to better equip teachers to develop better reading skills amongst young students....READ MORE

Youth Communication: Teen Journalists Promoting ReadingYouth Communication: Teen Journalists Promoting Reading
By Lisa K. Winkler
Lisa Winkler calls to attention Youth Communication, an organization that encourages teen journalists to express themselves....READ MORE



The Struggle of Teacher UnemploymentThe Struggle of Teacher Unemployment
By Danielle M. Bennett
Danielle Bennett looks at the case of Vassar Greene, a school principal turned house-husband, turned teacher, turned tutor. His case represents the dificulties sustained in education by global economic factors....READ MORE

Building A Robot at John Dewey High School
By Fil Dispenza
John Dewey High School student Fil Dispenza talks about his teams efforts to build different types of robots....READ MORE
Grace Outreach Gives Women A Second Chance
By Patricia Lavelle
Grace Outreach, an organization that helps women from low-income backgrounds get college education is featured in this article....READ MORE
Learning and the Brain Comes to NYC
On May 8th a program called Learning & the Brain will be hosted in Manhattan to promote effective ways to get students to think critically and creatively to prepare them for the changing and intelligence based work force....READ MORE
Marine Science Program in Brooklyn
John Dewey High School's (of Brooklyn) assistant principal Lane Rosen talks about the programs and opportunities the school offers in the field of marine science....READ MORE
Did You Know That Walt Whitman Taught School in Queens & Suffolk Counties?
Walt Whitman, Teacher in 9 School Districts
This short article discusses Walt Whitman's early career as a school teacher....READ MORE

MEMORIES OF OUR SCHOOL DAYS

EDUCATION UPDATE STAFF REMEMBERS SCHOOL LESSONS
As the New Year begins, the staff of Education Update reflects on memorable aspects of their education. Members of our staff come from varied educational backgrounds: parochial schools, charter schools, public and private universities, and schools abroad in several countries including China, Italy, and Saudi Arabia. Despite these diverse backgrounds, the common thread we have been fortunate to share is the passion and commitment of great teachers.
Travel Is My TextbookTravel Is My Textbook
By Jasmine Bager
Jasmine Bager discusses how traveling often gives her a valuable education....READ MORE





High School UniformsHigh School Uniforms
By Patricia Lavelle
Patricia Lavelle discusses how wearing school uniforms is a tradition that has positive long term benefits....READ MORE




Growing Up with ChoicesGrowing Up with Choices
By Yehuda Bayme
Yehuda Bayme discusses growing up going to Jewish Day Schools....READ MORE





The ‘Mission’ of Being a ProfessorThe ĎMissioní of Being a Professor
By Valentina Cordero
Valentina Cordero talks about her favorite teachers and the lessons they taught her....READ MORE




A Novel ApproachA Novel Approach
By Omoefe Ogbeide
Omoefe Ogbeide discusses how her favorite teacher conducted the classroom....READ MORE





In China: Student’s Note Brings the MusicIn China: Studentís Note Brings the Music
By Julia Qian
Julia Qian discusses how a person can make a difference by speaking up. We see from this article that arguments are not won with force, but with courtesy and respect....READ MORE


Journalism Ambition: Writing the Right WayJournalism Ambition: Writing the Right Way
By Wagner Mendoza
Wagner Mendoza discusses his aspirations to become a writer and the steps he has taken to fulfill his mission....READ MORE



METROBEAT

Italian American Women Garner AwardsItalian American Women Garner Awards
Education Update reports on the Awards given at this years Epiphany Celebration, which honors Italian American women....READ MORE



Park Avenue Synagogue Hosts Good Deeds Fair
By Yehuda Bayme
Park Avenue Synagogue demonstrates the value of doing a good deed by hosting the Vicki K. Wimpfheimer Mitzvah Day....READ MORE

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Hunter Autism Research, Practice, & Policy Center: Exclusive Interview with  Dr. Michael SillerHunter Autism Research, Practice, & Policy Center: Exclusive Interview with† Dr. Michael Siller
Interviewed By Patricia Lavelle & Dr. Pola Rosen
Transcription By Yehuda Bayme & Valentina Cordero

Education Update interviews Dr. Michael Siller, an expert on treating people with autism....READ MORE
John RussellNCLD Honors The Windward School for Leadership & Innovation
The Windward School, noted for courses for learning disabled students, has garnered a prestigious award recognizing their outstanding work in the field of learning disability education. Dr. John Russell, head of school, has announced a new campus coming to Manhattan....READ MORE
Exclusive Interview: Dr. Donald Vogel, Director, Hunter College Center Communication DisordersExclusive Interview:
Dr. Donald Vogel, Director, Hunter College Center Communication Disorders

By Patricia Lavelle
Education Update reporter Patricia Lavelle speaks with Dr. Donald Vogel, head of audiology at Hunter about the growing concerns that his profession must encounter....READ MORE
Overcoming Poverty and Prison: Helping Teens Write
By Jasmine Bager
Youth Communication, an organization that helps troubled youth, hosted an event that showed how the power of expression in writing manifests itself. Teens in prison and other difficult situations are gaining more self confidence when they write because they see that people are willing to listen....READ MORE
Child Mind Institute GalaChild Mind Institute Gala
The Child Mind Institute held a gala award dinner raising millions of dollars to help children with psychiatric and learning disorders....READ MORE





Lawyers, Parents & Special Needs Students: Finding the Proper PlacementLawyers, Parents & Special Needs Students: Finding the Proper Placement
By Danielle M. Bennett, M.A.
A recent panel was held at the Robert Lewis Steveson School to discuss the rights of parents to obtain evaluations from the department of education to ascertain whether children have special needs or not and the due process involved....READ MORE
Dr. Peter EdenLandmark College: Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium
By Yehuda Bayme
The 2013 Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium at Landmark College covered multiple topics — including dyslexia tools research, uses of Adobe Acrobat, & future outlooks for ease of use technologies in the education field....READ MORE
Learning with Results: A Process-Based Approach
Lindamood-Bell offers clinical help for those with learning differences. This article talks about this company and what it offers....READ MORE

TECHNOLOGY

Taking Notes on Student Debt: Do MOOCs Threaten Higher Education?Taking Notes on Student Debt: Do MOOCs Threaten Higher Education?
By Adam Sugerman
Education Update editor Adam Sugerman discusses the problems were MOOCs to replace remedial courses such as writing. He believes that some of the basic courses require small accessible classes and colleges should lower tuition to steer students away from the cheaper but less dependable option of MOOCs....READ MORE
Useful Apps for Everyone
Education Update shares its list of favorite apps for smartphones and handheld devices....READ MORE

BOOKS

Reforming A School System, Reviving A City: The Promise of Say Yes to Education in SyracuseBOOK REVIEW
Reforming A School System, Reviving A City: The Promise of Say Yes to Education in Syracuse

Reviewed By Merri Rosenberg
The City of Syracuse is the beneficiary of an experimental scholarship program meant to not just help the poor financially, but also to help with social programs designed to keep students enrolled....READ REVIEW

COLLEGES & GRAD SCHOOLS

Dr. Peter EdenLandmark College: Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium
By Yehuda Bayme
The 2013 Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium at Landmark College covered multiple topics — including dyslexia tools research, uses of Adobe Acrobat, & future outlooks for ease of use technologies in the education field....READ MORE
Teachers College Celebrates 125 YearsTeachers College Celebrates 125 Years
By Yehuda Bayme
Teachers College celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala at the Apollo Theater. There were prestigious awardees and lively performances....READ MORE


Hunter Autism Research, Practice, & Policy Center: Exclusive Interview with  Dr. Michael SillerHunter Autism Research, Practice, & Policy Center: Exclusive Interview with† Dr. Michael Siller
Interviewed By Patricia Lavelle & Dr. Pola Rosen
Transcription By Yehuda Bayme & Valentina Cordero

Education Update interviews Dr. Michael Siller, an expert on treating people with autism....READ MORE
Exclusive Interview: Dr. Donald Vogel, Director, Hunter College Center Communication DisordersExclusive Interview:
Dr. Donald Vogel, Director, Hunter College Center Communication Disorders

By Patricia Lavelle
Education Update reporter Patricia Lavelle speaks with Dr. Donald Vogel, head of audiology at Hunter about the growing concerns that his profession must encounter....READ MORE
On TestingMERCY COLLEGE - THE DEANíS COLUMN
On Testing

By Alfred Posamentier & Gene Maeroff
The authors examine the downsides of too much testing in the national school system. This article points out the state of affairs in testing and offers some progressive thoughts on the matter....READ MORE

Dr. Herman Rosen at Landmark College: Allied Health is a Growth IndustryDr. Herman Rosen at Landmark College: Allied Health is a Growth Industry
By Yehuda Bayme
Dr. Herman Rosen spoke at Landmark college about the growing field of allied health professionals (medical professionals who are not doctors or nurses)....READ MORE
100 SUNY Students Receive $1 Million in Scholarships100 SUNY Students Receive $1 Million in Scholarships
This article discusses a new scholarship program founded by JFEW to be awarded to a handful of SUNY students each year. The program is not just a monetary grant, but also an in-depth content based program with internships and seminars....READ MORE

Fausto Pinto GraduatesFausto Pinto Graduates
Education Update wishes congratulations to former employee Fausto Pinto on his recent graduation from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.....READ MORE





A Barnard College Professor Breaks Tradition: Let Your Body Take the Lead
By Julia Qian
A Barnard Dance professor teaches her students to be aware of the natural instincts of the body while in her class....READ MORE
NY Architects Design Vanderbilt Universityís Historic Peabody College for Teachers
This article explores the history of the George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt university....READ MORE
Hunter College Launches New MFA & BFA StudiosHunter College Launches New MFA & BFA Studios
Congratulations to Hunter College on the opening of its new MFA and BFA studios in Tribeca....READ MORE



INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Exclusive Interview with Father Patrick Devine: Creating Peace in AfricaExclusive Interview with Father Patrick Devine: Creating Peace in Africa
By Patricia Lavelle
Patricia Lavelle interviews Father Patrick Devine to find out about his peace seeking vision for Africa....READ MORE

MUSEUMS AS EDUCATORS

Poison at the American Museum of Natural History
By Jan Aaron
Jan Aaron discusses the exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History about the dangerous and positive powers of poisons in nature....READ MORE
7 Painters, 7 Stories: Seeking A Synthesis Between Abstraction And Representation
In See it Loud, a new exhibit at the National Academy Museum art experts are seeking a dialectical synthesis between the seemingly polar two post WW2 schools of artistry:abstractionism and representation....READ MORE
Chagall at the Jewish Museum
By Jan Aaron
Jan Aaron reviews the Chagall exhibit at The Jewish Museum. Of particularinterest is Chagall's emphasis on Jesus in his paintings and the historical context of his work....READ MORE

CAREERS

Careers for the 21st CenturyCareers for the 21st Century
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Education Update investigates the aspirations of young talented people in the work world. Daphne Pinkerson, documentary producer, Kasia Nikhamina, small business owner, and Aleksandr Akulov, financial manager are interviewed....READ MORE


Strategically Ladder Your Legal Skills
By Vera Sullivan, M.A.
Vera Sullivan writes on how, as a lawyer, one must follow specific steps to keep him/herself on track to success....READ MORE

MEDICAL UPDATE

National Cancer Prevention Panel in Washington, DC Moderated by Dr. Margaret Cuomo
Anticipating National Cancer Prevention Day on February 4th, Dr. Margarent Cuomo, venerated radiologist will moderate the event at the Rayburn Building in Washington DC....READ MORE
Medicare Rights Center’s Annual Awards Dinner
The Medical Rights Center held their annual dinner awarding Elizabeth Fowler, Janella Hinds, and Steven Safyer....READ MORE
THE ETHICS COLUMN
Genetics 2.0: Revoking The Right Not To Know
By Jacob M. Appel, MD, JD
Jacob Appel discusses new laws allowing the right of geneticists to disclose important information to those tested whether they want to hear it or not....READ MORE
Better Food Choices For Better Heart Health
The October 2013 Harvard Heart Letter addressed better ways to be healthy by tweaking one's diet....READ MORE

LAW & EDUCATION

The Presidentís Message Ė National Character Counts Week
By Arthur Katz, J.D.
Arthur Katz discusses how the moral fiber in the school system needs to be set to a higher standard, reiterating the the meaning behind president Obama's call to observe National Character Counts Week....READ MORE

MOVIES & THEATER

Saving Mr. BanksMOVIE REVIEW
Saving Mr. Banks

By Jan Aaron
Jan Aaron reviews the movie "Saving Mr. Banks", a piece about Hollywood and the making of a Mary poppins movie in the 1960s....READ REVIEW



MUSIC, ART & DANCE

A Conversation with Artist Linda SirowA Conversation with Artist Linda Sirow
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Joan Baum discusses Linda Sirow's work exhibited at the Richard D'Amato Gallery in Sag Harbor to support women and children in need. She discusses Sirow's many influences and styles....READ MORE


CHILDREN'S CORNER

YOUNG WRITERS
Trust Walk
By Jamie Landis
Jamie Landis talks about his adventure in school trying to perform regular functions blindfolded....READ MORE

CROSSWORD

100th Anniversary of the Crossword
By Patricia Lavelle
It has been a hundred years since the crossword puzzle was invented. This article gives us a quick look back at the original form of the game and its development....READ MORE
Anniversary Guessing Game
Compiled By Omoefe Ogbeide
This article has you guessing famous anniversarys with clues....READ MORE

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