April 2004
Education for 1 Million Homeless Children (more)

Abraham Auerbach—Front & Center By Leonard Wacholder (more)

Bloomberg & Klein Visit PS 126, Manhattan By Michelle Accorso
On a recent afternoon, reporters piled into the cozy second floor library at P.S. 126. Draped with literature ranging from children's books to Time magazines, the library is just one reason that P.S. 126... (more)

Carmen Fariå—New Acting Deputy Chancellor for Teaching & Learning (more)

Arts & At-Risk Youth: Making it Relevant, Keeping it Real By Matilda Raffa Cuomo
The arts—whether during or after school—provide opportunities for youth from all backgrounds to do something positive with their talents and time. (more)

The Dwight-Englewood School: Neighbor Across the Hudson By Sybil Maimin
Up on a hill in the back of the Palisades near the Hudson River in Englewood, New Jersey, sits Dwight-Englewood, an independent day school that offers a rigorous, traditional education with... (more)

Lewis Frumkes Honors Lawrence Block
at Marymount Manhattan Writing Center Gala
By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
The elegant Columbus Club, boasting a dome of original Tiffany glass, was the venue of a recent gathering of literary lions in New York City. Presided over by Director Lewis Frumkes, the event... (more)

New York Women in Communications, Inc. (more)

A Real Answer to Social Promotion By Randi Weingarten, President, UFT
Social promotion doesn't work. No one knows this better than teachers, particularly those who find themselves in classrooms with children who don't have the basic knowledge and skills they... (more)

A Retrospective View by NYC's Former Deputy Chancellor By Diana Lam
Experience is a powerful teacher. Public perception matters. As a public servant, I had a clear responsibility to make decisions and choices that were beyond any possible appearance of impropriety. (more)

Summer Seminars for Teachers Sponsored by NEH (more)

Title IX Comes of Age: Eliminating Gender Discrimination By Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
It seems appropriate when celebrating women's history to address developments pertaining to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a landmark piece of legislation designed to... (more)

Too Little? Too Late? By Al Sikes
At a recent business forum, New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein reiterated a widely held belief that public education is broken. He talked about the system's failure to educate kids in... (more)

Visit Excellent Middle Schools On the Web (more)

March 2004
Education as the Key to Progress
by Matilda Raffa Cuomo
In the second edition of my book Who Mentored You: The Person Who Changed my Life, seventy-eight prominent people recalled how mentors contributed to their success in life by influencing and advising them in their earlier years

From the Principal’s Desk:
Developing the Habit of Reading

by Nigel Pugh
Every student should be required to read a self-selected book daily. Students must be given opportunities to learn how to select appropriate books, and be given time at home and school to read, write about and discuss these books. Like literate adults, students need to develop the habit of reading

The Grace Institute: Helping Underserved Women
By Sarah N. Lynch
When Carolina first came to the United States about 13 years ago, she had a lot going for her: she could speak four languages and she held a BA in journalism. But despite these skills, there was something missing: she had never used a computer before in her life

$1 Million Gift to Bronx Kids & LD Kids in NYC
By Paul Friedman
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation will grant a total of $1,000,000 to five nonprofit organizations across the country over and above its customary giving. All five of the projects chosen for these unique grants seek to address the needs of children: providing educational services to learning-disabled low-income youth throughout New York City and to low-income preschool children in the Bronx; assisting recently emancipated foster youth in Northern California’s East Bay in finding housing and learning how to live independently; offering drop-in emergency weekend services to homeless youth in Los Angeles; and providing early intervention treatment for autistic toddlers and young children on the San Francisco peninsula

New York Academy of Science Sponsors Science Fair at CCNY
By Adam Sugerman
The Great Hall at City College at 137th Street and Convent Avenue was buzzing with hundreds of students voices, judges listening to presentations at each exhibit, and students conferring with each other about their projects. Students were chosen randomly by this roving reporter to explain their hypotheses, their choice of project and their mentors

Identifying Young Einsteins
by Marie Capurro, M.Ed.
For most students, school provides an opportunity to learn. Unfortunately, this is not true for all students, particularly the gifted and talented. Although gifted and talented students have great potential to make positive contributions both as children and as adults, educators and policy-makers often fail to recognize that for genius tothrive, it must be nurtured

International Perspectives
From Mt. Fuji to Kawasaki, US Educators Learn in Japan

by Sharon Kaplan, Ed.D.
During a break in my morning workshop I noticed many of the participants were gathered in front of a large picture window with their cell phones in hand. As I approached, I realized they were not using their cell phones to talk, but were taking pictures of a breath-taking sight. Mt. Fuji, some 60 miles away, was radiating against a bright blue sky

Fields at Bank Street College Urges Mayor to Drop 3rd Grade Retention Plan
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drop a controversial plan to retain 3rd graders if they do not pass tests in reading and math. The meeting, which was held at Bank Street College of Education, centered around Fields’ opposition to “social promotion,” urging the mayor and education officials to revisit the plan and establish a panel of experts to explore ways to better address the issue

February 2004
No Relief for Education in Bush's State of the Union
By Linda Hodge
President Bush's 2004 State of the Union address left the education community, once again, concerned that there is little relief in sight for our nation's struggling public education system.

Keeping the Best Teachers in City Classrooms
By Randi Weingarten, Pres., UFT
Study after study shows that, with the exception of parents, the single most important ingredient in a child's success in school is the quality of the teacher in each classroom.

From the Superintendent's Seat
By Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
Giving our young children the love of learning is the optimum goal for parents and educators. In our elementary schools in Syosset, we have found that children will always want to learn something new when it concerns a topic that they have a personal interest in, and we have the evidence...

Sesame Street Curricula at 35
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Anna Housley-Juster couldn't be happier working as the Assistant Content Director of Research at Sesame Workshop. "It's what I wanted to do all my life," she says, bubbling over with enthusiasm, the chance to design and test out programming, formats, feedback that make learning fun.

Reaching the World
By Michelle Accorso
Ms. Sue Capote, a third grade teacher at CES 70 in the Bronx, set out for a voyage this school year without even leaving her classroom.

Advocating for Our Children
By Jill Chaifetz
Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York has provisionally approved a settlement in the lawsuit brought by former students of Franklin K. Lane High School (FKL) alleging that they were illegally pushed out of school.

President Richard Cook and Hundred Year Association Grant Awards
The Hundred Year Association of New York today granted its top KeySpan Corporation Charles E. Inniss College Scholarship for sons and daughters of career New York City employees to Jessica Hernandez, a junior at New York University. (more)

New City Hall Academy
New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced the creation of a new after-school program at City Hall Academy that will enable high school students to fulfill the Participation in Government graduation requirement.  (more)

Florida HS Students Teach Seniors About Internet
EarthLink, one of the nation's leading Internet service providers, AARP Florida and Orange County Community Action launched Generation Link in Orlando recently, bringing together seniors, net-savvy teenagers and the Internet. (more)

January 2004
Internet Censorship: US v. American Library Association by Martha Mc Carthy, Ph .D.
With the mind-boggling growth of the Internet, policy makers have become increasingly concerned about protecting children from viewing pornographic and other harmful materials via cyberspace. Since 1996, Congress has made several attempts to enact legislation to shield children... (more)

Ranked Chess Player Only 12 Years Old
A 12-year-old girl and New York City public school student from the Bronx has accomplished the impossible—in just 18 months she has advanced from a complete unknown to become the 74th best woman chess player in the nation. (more)

Dr. Joyce Coppin by Joan Baum, Ph .D.
It's a Friday afternoon, and Dr. Joyce R. Coppin, Chief Executive of the Division of Human Resources and the Center for Recruitment and Professional Development for the Department of Education, apologizes for being late (by only 10 minutes)—she was at a meeting, "having fun." As the... (more)

MIT Gives 10 High Schools Grants for Inventions
More than 180 students at 10 high schools across the country are getting the chance this school year to work on teams to create inventions that benefit their schools or communities. These students, and their teachers and mentors, are this year's recipients of the prestigious... (more)

New Journal of Education Published by CCNY by Adam Sugerman
The New Educator: A Journal of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Support
is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal soon to be published by the City College of New York School of Education. This is the first such journal to be published by a CUNY school of education. It will... (more)

From the Land of Honalee to P.S. 77: An Outpouring of Love by Joanne Kontopirakis
Ivy Sterling, principal of P.S. 77 in Brooklyn, was wearing a bright red jacket and shiny Christmas pin. A warm woman with a voice like honey, she took time to spread caring to students and uplift all that she met. "Hello. Did you have fun today?" she asked students leaving the gymnasium. (more)

Sciabarra to Lead New Office at Dept. of Ed
Elizabeth Sciabarra has been appointed Chief Executive of the newly created Office of Student Enrollment Planning and Operations. In her new role, Ms. Sciabarra will drive the Department of Education's effort to connect the issues of student placement, zoning, and enrollment to the... (more)

Virtual Enterprises Brings HS Entrepreneurs Closer to Reality by Michelle Accorso
When you were sixteen did you know what a "break-even" point was? Yet on a recent afternoon, at the World Financial Center, high school kids were speaking with ease and confidence about all the aspects that go into creating a business, specifically their own. They may be virtual... (more)

December 2003
High School Youth Ambassadors Lead the Way by Jocelyn K. Egyes
Happy chatter of friendship flows through the room. Smiles and laughter are constant throughout the conversation. Looking around one would think this young group of... (more)

Council of School Supervisors & Administrators by Jill Levy, President, CSA
It is 14 years since I began working in CSA's Supervisory Support Program as an intervener, but this year, more than any other, has wrought so many changes that it has brought... (more)

How Do We Address The Reading Crisis In America? by Dr. Bill Blokker & Mitchell Levine
According to a recent report of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), there are over 33 million K--12 students reading at least two grades below level-over two thirds of... (more)

Profiles in Education: Prof. David Elliot, NYU by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
What do music educators do? The sweet tenor voice hardly betrays the insistent author of Music Matters, Dr. David Elliott's 1995 declaration of "paraxial philosophy," which he... (more)

The Private Sector Helps CCNY to help the Public Schools by Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
It is by now no secret that we have a national crisis in the teaching of mathematics in our urban schools. What is news is that the private sector is coming to the rescue! (more)

PS 77 Learns About International Year of Freshwater by Tom Kertes
This was truly a case of "Everything you wanted to know about water but were afraid to ask." (more)

Looking for Scapegoats by Randi Weingarten, President, UFT
During recent hearings before the City Council, I started to wonder what school system Council Education Chair Eva Moskowitz and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein were talking about. (more)

Win Free Movie Tickets: Where is this Statue?
Soon after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, the Union League Club, a Republican organization founded two years earlier to promote good government, commissioned... (more)

UN/USA: Keeping Students Active in Global Issues by Michelle Accorso
Currently implemented in five cities across the United States, including New York, Houston, Tampa, Los Angeles and Chicago, Model U.N./Global Classrooms is continuing full-force in its... (more)

November 2003
Running the Marathon—22nd Time Anything in Life is Possible
Dr. Stephen Wertheimer, an orthopedist from Los Angeles, is reflective on the eve of his 22nd marathon. by Stephen A. Wertheimer, M.D.
I was a non-athlete most of my life, a bookworm as a child. When I went into practice at the age of about 31, I took up bike riding. (more)

80 Beacon Programs Address
Needs of Young People Around the City
by Michael Ognibene
When hundreds of young people and community members gather at I.S. 488 in Morningside Heights every week to learn about African dance, the New York City Department of... (more)

A Different Way to Think about Accountability:
No Drive-by Teachers
by Lee S. Shulman
It’s hard to open the paper or turn on the radio these days without finding yet another call for educational accountability. It’s a reasonable thing to seek. The public needs to know that schools... (more)

So You Want to be a Biology Major? by Sarah N. Lynch (more)

Marathon Ideas for the Classroom by Dr. Alice Wilder (more)

NY Historical Society: Children at Risk, 1653-2003
The New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of its exhibition Children at Risk: Protecting New York City’s Youths, 1653-2003, which will be on view... (more)

History of New York Road Runners (more)

Chancellor Klein Reviews His First Year by Sybil Maimin
Making a return visit to an issues forum at the Community Service Society of New York after a year on the front lines as Schools Chancellor, a still optimistic and determined Joel Klein reported on... (more)

Beth Lief, Civil Rights Attorney & Education Visionary by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Mentors in the professional development of this leading civil rights attorney turned top-level educational leader? She pauses; Beth Lief’s really thinking this through, there will be nothing... (more)

Open Letter to America’s Educators:
50th Anniversary of Veterans Day
by Rod Paige
On November 11, 2003, we as a nation give thanks and pay tribute to our 25 million living veterans—men and women who have risked their lives, including many who are doing so right now, to... (more)

Eleanor Roosevelt, New East Side HS, Opens to Great Fanfare by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” This quote by Eleanor Roosevelt permeated the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new high school named after the great first lady. (more)

Running the Marathon—First Time
Dynamic Duo Dashes Through Marathon:
Dr. Alice Wilder & Deborah Reber
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
For Dr. Alice Wilder, the Emmy-nominated Director of Research and Development for Blues Clues, the phenomenally successful pre-school television series, not to mention the related... (more)

The Voice of the People by Randi Weingarten
If you believe in democracy, it seems to me that you have to take seriously the idea of the voice of the people. Mayor Bloomberg says he believes the same thing, but his recent actions... (more)

October 2003
Better Serving Teen Parents by Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. (more)

Bullies & Their Victims by Curtis Sliwa
I was no saint, let alone an angel of any kind, while pounding the books at St. Matthew’s. It was an elementary school run by the Josephite nuns in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. I’m still haunted by memories of the vibrations from their glares and stares and the sting from their three-foot long rulers cracking down on my knuckles. (more)

Creating Concept of Community Within a School by Sr. Kathleen Fagan, RSHM, Headmistress, Marymount School
From book buddies to senior seminars, Marymount School is committed to building a community in which all members thrive. A handshake at the front door welcomes each student to school, while chapels, retreats and assemblies give us the opportunity to reflect as a group, sharing our vision and goals with each other. (more)

Celebrating 100 Years of Flight by Martin Benante
We are beginning our celebration here at The Cradle of Aviation Museum because New York State is historically the most important region in the United States for the development of American aviation as well for Curtiss-Wright. (more)

Foreign Born US Residents Increased 5% Last Year by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
The US Census Bureau released a report recently which sited a 5% increase in the US resident foreign-born population from 2001 to 2002 to a total of 33 million people, equal to the total population of Canada. (more)

A Message from Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
I am pleased to invite you to visit “Open Houses” at all 20 CUNY colleges, located in every borough, during CUNY Month November 2003. You will meet financial aid experts, counselors, faculty and students to help you think about the best college program for you. (more)

Internet Censorship: United States v. American Library Association by Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
With the mind-boggling growth of the Internet, policy makers have become increasingly concerned about protecting children from viewing pornographic and other harmful materials via cyberspace. (more)

Cuomo, Berlusconi & Caperton Announce AP Italian Course
Representatives of the Italian government and College Board President Gaston Caperton announced the creation of an Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Course and Examination in Italian Language and Culture. (more)

Caroline Kennedy Addresses Learning Leaders by Sarah N. Lynch
When Sanford Schwartz retired from Revlon about 10 years ago, he wanted to contribute to his community. Schwartz, of Queens, decided to volunteer by tutoring first graders at PS 169 in Bay Terrace, Queens through Learning Leaders (LL), and Schwartz still enjoys every minute of it. (more)

Lessons In Politics by Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
Every year around this time the posters begin to appear throughout the hallways. In schools at every level from elementary up through college, shortly after students have settled into their classes, attention is turned to student elections. (more)

Dr. Twila Liggett: Executive Producer and Creator of Reading Rainbow by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
While watching the successful 20-year-old PBS-TV program Reading Rainbow, one can’t help but think of the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which, in this case, is learning to read—a far more valuable “pot.” Dr. Twila Liggett, creator and executive producer explains the origin of the name: “rainbows are always appealing to kids and we wanted our mission to be understood.” (more)

LYFEram: Giving Life to Teen Moms Prog by Michelle Accorso
The “Living for the Young Family through Education Program” (LYFE) is an integral component of many New York City Public Schools. LYFE centers provide day care facilities for the infants and toddlers of students still attending school and provide for their specialized needs. (more)

New Beginnings: Manhattan/Hunter Science HS by Michelle Accorso
Imagine being part of the first group ever in a newly created community. This is the reality for the students at the Manhattan/Hunter Science High School. (more)

A New Column Examining Various College Majors:
So, You Want to Major in Poly Sci?
by Sarah N. Lynch (more)

September 2003
Bronx Teacher Returns with Lessons from India
Gail Maliam Ryder spent 16 days far from the halls of St. Raymond Academy for Girls to learn about schools in Calcutta, camps that help children adjust from a life of labor to learning, and programs that rescue children who have fallen victim to South Asia’s bustling human-trafficking industry. (more)

The Height of Fashion Education by Rob Luchow
Imagine walking in to school and discovering that your principal has been replaced by fashion designer Kenneth Cole. That has happened at the High School of Fashion Industries—twice. (more)

New School Year Begins With Institute For Teachers by Michelle Accorso
Often when we think about children’s heroes, we think of a basketball player or actor, and usually we are right in our assumptions. However, although pseudo-celebrities may pose as decent role models, the true leaders kids often look up to and actually remember into adulthood will probably never appear on television. These leaders are teachers. (more)

Preschool Admission: Finding the Right Fit by Gabriella Rowe
Summer’s over. Relaxation is replaced by anxiety over a brand new cycle of preschool selection. Over the next couple of months, families all over New York City with young students will be starting the process again, preparing for fall tours and application submissions and anxiously anticipating the interviews, essays and acceptance or rejection letters. (more)

Public Meetings of the Panel for Educational Policy
The following is a list of public meeting dates. (more)

The Ross School: Rich in Ideas by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Despite facts to the contrary and numerous interviews with the press, the 13-year old independent, co-educational Ross School still seems to be correcting the impression of being a New Age, artsy prep school for gifted rich kids. (more)

August 2003
Study Shows Drug Testing in Schools Not Enough
Drug testing in American schools is a relatively new and somewhat controversial procedure. Fought by the ACLU on the grounds of being intrusive to students’ rights, the Supreme Court of the United States first allowed student athletes to be tested in... (more)

Heads of School Speak - PRIVATE
Every Student Should Be Required to Read... by Howard Schott
What a huge question this is! Choosing from the wealth of great literature while selecting materials that are relevant to today’s youth presents a unique challenge to the responsible educator. (more)

$45 Million State-of-the-Art Fire Training Facility Opens
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta recently opened the Fire Department’s new $45 million fire training facility at the Fire Academy on Randall’s Island. This much-needed facility included the construction of three new... (more)

Teachers College, Columbia U Profs Discuss NYC School Funding
Following the recent decision by the New York State Court of Appeals in CFE vs. State of New York that requires State leaders to establish a commission to correct school financing formulas by giving more money to NYC schools, Teachers College, Columbia University, excerpts experts from issued the following comments. (more)

Maxine Greene, Philosopher & Aesthete by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
What’s immediately apparent about Maxine Greene, Barnard class of `38, the philosopher queen of aesthetic education, who has, in fact, been referred to as “the most important American philosopher [on education] since John Dewey” and “the consummate spider woman,” for her groundbreaking interdisciplinary research, is her memory. (more)

Teaching Kids How to Read by Jill Lewis
If you can read this sentence, you probably don’t know what it’s like to look at a line of letters and be utterly baffled. Unfortunately, too many children throughout New York are struggling with such simple sentences as, “See Sam run.” (more)

Leadership Academy Launched at Tweed
Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein recently announced the opening of the New York City Leadership Academy and greeted the first class of 90 aspiring principals. Deputy Mayor Walcott joined Chancellor Klein at the... (more)

Summers Come, Careers Go by Jill Levy
As the summer progresses, many of you will be leaving us for a well-deserved retirement. Some were not ready to take this important and daunting step but acted because of changes on the horizon or the threat of layoffs. (more)

July 2003
Creating Community at Baruch College Campus HS by Rob Luchow
It was still hot outside by 6 PM on June 24, but the heat didn’t stop all 97 students of the Baruch College Campus High School Class of 2003 from wearing their caps and gowns. In high spirits, students, faculty, and family members packed the Baruch College auditorium to witness the sixth graduating class in the high school’s history. (more)

Summer Adventures at the New York Botanical-Garden
Children and their families double their fun this summer at the two gardens designed especially for children: the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. (more)

High School Student Wins 1st Prize in Marymount Essay
Every year, Lewis Frumkes, Director of the Writing Center at Marymount Manhattan College, holds the Mortimer Levitt Contest for high school students around the city. (more)

Unrest in Education in France: Teachers on Strike by Sarah Elzas
Paris, France
Special To Education Update

Recently, thousands of people, mostly teachers, marched through the center of Paris from Bastille to the Assemblée Nationale to protest, among other things, the decentralization of part of the French national education system. (more)

What Do Superintendents Do In the Summer? by Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
It’s certainly quieter here in the summer, but that doesn’t mean that a superintendent can relax. For a superintendent, students or not, school is a twelve-month a year experience. (more)

Summer Internships and Study Compiled by Katarzyna Kozanecka and Rob Luchow (more)

SIR: A Unique Program for Private and Public Schools by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
According to Professor Emeritus Jed Luchow of the College of Staten Island, the four-year phonics-based teacher training literacy program he directs—called Success in Reading or SIR—is not only having “dramatic” effect in the Hebrew day schools where it has been introduced, but holds out extraordinary promise for the public schools. (more)

High School Students Bridge United States-Israel Relationships by Rob Luchow
United States and Israel relations may appear linked only by an older generation of politicians. However, one organization understands that the future stability of this relationship relies on its youth. (more)

June 2003
Bank Street College Offers Insights About 9/11 by Tom Kertes
“Due to the film’s raw power,” Bank Street College provided “a small, secure place for group discussion” after the showing of “Our School.” Not one person took advantage of the considerate offer. (more) 

Chess-In-The-Schools: The Royal Game by Tom Kertes
The thousand-year argument continues to rage about chess being a sport (or not). But there can be no argument about the avalanche of benefits playing chess provides to public school children.

Healthy Children Healthy Futures by Matilda Raffa Cuomo and B.J. Carter
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of obese children continues to rise. Recent data from the National Center of Healthy Statistics shows that nearly 9 million children and adolescents ages 6–19 are overweight. (more)

Deaf and Hearing Students Perform Together as Part of Digital Arts Program
The show will go on at Community School District 25 with a student production that combines live performances and digital demonstrations of classic works such as “The Crucible” and “Romeo and Juliet.” The Digital Arts program stems from a Teaching Matters initiative called “Digital Storytelling” that uses technology to help students understand and appreciate classic literature. (more)

Graduating High School: A Triumph in Learning English by Adam Sugerman
At the TESOL convention in Baltimore this year, I witnessed enthusiastic groups of professionals who were committed to teaching English while recognizing and supporting efforts to help students preserve their own language. It reminded me of one particular soon-to-be high school graduate. (more)

Harlem Children Society: An Experiment with K-12 Science Education by Sat Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
I am a research scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. I constantly train and teach young medical students, physicians and other personnel. As a service to the community, I began to extend my services to the public schools in Harlem, giving bright and motivated young kids an opportunity to become initiated directly into the world of science. (more)

Schools Chancellor Klein Welcomes Support for Reform Efforts
Eight city, community and parent organizations held a press conference at the Department of Education’s headquarters in the Tweed Courthouse to express their support for the Children First reform initiatives. (more)

Report Shows North Carolina Leading the Nation in Closing the Achievement Gap
North Carolina is a national leader in student achievement gains by African-Americans, Latinos, and white students on national exams according to a report released recently by the Washington, DC-based, The Education Trust. The report, Education Watch, details student achievement and other indicators of student performance in the 50 states. (more)

An Appeal for The Children of PS 169 In Manhattan
P. S. 169, The Robert F. Kennedy School, is a special education middle school located on 88th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. The students who attend the school are learning disabled and emotionally disturbed. Some of them are autistic. Most are economically disadvantaged. (more)

Diane Ravitch: Censorship of Language Attacked by Sybil Maimin
The battles over what we teach our children continue, and Diane Ravitch, author, advocate, and professor of education at New York University, has taken a strong stand against “the new literary terrorists from both the left and the right” who demand that certain words and concepts not appear in the texts our children use in school.

Behind the Silver Screen With Reeves Lehmann by Jacob M. Appel
The film program at the School of Visual Arts has changed dramatically since Reeves Lehmann attended college in the 1970s. “Back then there was a much, much smaller student population,” he recalled. (more)

May 2003
European Teachers Take On Challenge of NY Schools
by Sybil Maimin
“Everything after this will be a walk in the park,” exclaimed Karin Hammer, a bright-eyed woman from Vienna, Austria who teaches at Alfred E. Smith Vocational High School in the South Bronx as part of an educational exchange program sponsored by the Austrian-American Educational Cooperation Association (AAECA). (more)

The Need For Financial Literacy
As Comptroller, my primary responsibility is overseeing how the City manages its finances. (more)

Take Your Daughter To Work: A Priceless Experience
Recently, the waiting room in Dr. Richard J. Mackool’s office was crowded with patients requiring procedures for eye ailments ranging from cataract removal and lens implants to lasik and treatment for conjunctivitis. (more)

Secrets at Tweed
by Jill Levy
A year ago I testified before the New York State Senate Majority Task Force on New York City School Governance. (more)

Mothers Are Special People
From the beginning a mother knows that satisfying her child needs to be her number one priority, that nurturing, caring and parenting are essential for the child’s development. (more)

Helen Lieberman: Education Reformer in South Africa
With the end of apartheid in South Africa, a new war—one against AIDS, HIV, poverty, and an unprepared society—is being waged, explains Helen Lieberman, legendary, long-time activist in the country’s black townships. (more)

President’s Advisory Commission Reports on Education for Hispanic Americans
The President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans released its final report recently. (more)

North Carolina Outward Bound Helps Parents & Teens Bridge Generation Gap
Imagine addressing issues such as communication, personal responsibility and conflict resolution while backpacking and rock climbing in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. (more)

Curriculum on Death Penalty
An award winning Internet-based curriculum on capital punishment is offering educators the opportunity to take this timely topic from the headlines of the evening news into their classrooms. (more)

Mayor Bloomberg Celebrates Take Our Children To Work Day
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today hosted children at City Hall for the second consecutive year to celebrate Take Our Children to Work Day in the spirit of the Ms. Foundation for Women. (more)

Manhattan Borough President’s Cup Chess Draws 250 Students
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and Chess-in-the-Schools hosted a chess tournament recently at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for nearly 250 Manhattan borough elementary and middle school students. (more)

Take Your Child to Work at NY-Presbyterian Hospital
“Take Your Child to Work Day” at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital showed children of healthcare professionals the day-to-day functions performed by their parents at the hospital. (more)

City Hall Academy Opens in Tweed Courthouse
City Hall Academy, a first-rate educational center at Department of Education headquarters in the Tweed Courthouse, is open. (more)

April 2003
Don’t Abandon the Children: The Need for Creative Partnerships by Matilda Raffa Cuomo & Susan J. Moesker
New York’s economy has been in decline. Every day we read about lost jobs, reduced consumerism, an unstable stock market and consequent difficult time for the non-profits such as Mentoring USA (MUSA). . . .

Bank Street College and Newark Schools: A Success Story by Sybil Maimin
There are success stories in education. The dedicated people involved in Bank Street College of Education’s New Beginnings Project, which turned failing schools in Newark, NJ into dynamic centers of learning, celebrated a book about the Newark initiative, Putting the Children First: The Changing Face of Newark’s Public Schools, edited by Jonathan G. Silin and Carol Lippman, (Teachers College Press). . . .

ThinkQuest Comes to NYC by Stuart Dunn
Starting with a pilot program in 2002, ThinkQuest New York City introduced a program in which students work in teams with the support of adult mentors to develop educational Web sites. . . .

Vocational Education Resurgent: Part II By Frank Carucci
fter all of the improvements in vocational education, much still needs to be done. . . .

Learning Leaders Accomplishes Wonders
Learning Leaders, founded in 1956 as the New York City School Volunteer Program, has a long history of mobilizing and training adult volunteers to work with students in New York City public schools and is now among the largest programs in the nation fostering parent involvement in education. . . .

Legislature Re-Elects Two Board of Regents Members
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Education Committee Chair Steve Sanders and Higher Education Committee Chair Ron Canestrari announced the re-election of two members to the New York State Board of Regents. . . .

March 2003
Free Daytime English Classes Offered at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (331 East 70th Street) announces openings in its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Interested students must schedule an appointment for a 10-minute assessment test prior to registration. Classes are free but there is a $35 registration fee. Childcare is provided during class for $15 for the entire session. “These free ESOL classes emphasize civics and daily conversation.

Elizabeth Sciabarra: Chief Executive for New Schools Development by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
If Elizabeth Sciabarra is stepping smartly up to the plate in her new position as Chief Executive for New Schools Development in the restructured Department of Education, the reason is obvious after just a few minutes’ conversation. She brings to the job a rich intelligence informed by both art and science, and a confidence and enthusiasm that suggest she expects to hit only home runs. (more)

Vocational Education Resurgent By Frank Carucci
A remarkable thing happened along the way to the presumed demise of vocational education in New York City. It came back stronger than ever and is now a model for academic—as well as career—success. (more)

Women Mentoring Women By Matilda Raffa Cuomo & Catherine E. Shugrue
Domestic violence is a serious crime, and often even deadly. Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Most studies indicate that women represent at least 85% or more of those who are victims of intimate partner violence. At HELP USA’s seven New York City homeless shelters, nearly 40% of our clients report having been victims of violence. (more)

Close Up Foundation & Smithsonian Announce New Summer HS Program in Washington, D.C.
The Close Up Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution announced a new educational travel program for high school students. Destination DC: Culture, Politics, and History is a seven-day program in Washington DC that will be held July 7-13, 2003. (more)

Famous Women Journalists Appear on Stamps
Find these women on your local postage stamps: (more)

February 2003
Stuyvesant Students Meet Chilean Novelist Isabel Allende by Katarzyna Kozanecka
Stuyvesant Spanish teacher Milton Diaz inserted parentheses into the curriculum of his AP Spanish Literature class, so that his students might... (more)

Computing Advice from Colwell, National Science Foundation Leader by Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D.
One of my favorite yardsticks of wisdom comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson over a century ago. “The invariable mark of wisdom” he said, “is to see the miraculous in the common.”
As scientists, engineers, and educators, we are
... (more)

Dr. Margaret Cuomo Maier & Matilda Cuomo Introduce Italian Language at Concordia Language Villages By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
What do Chelsea Clinton, the Kennedy grandchildren and the Cuomo grandchildren have in common? They attended an internationally recognized
... (more)

“Dedicated” – 1. devoted to a cause, ideal or purpose; 2. Victor Rodriguez, Supt. of District 19 in Brooklyn by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
A modest, soft-spoken man, whose concern for the 30 schools in his charge comes across as an unusual and admirable mix of appreciation...

How Does It Add Up? Views on Math Education By Alfred Posamentier, Ph.D.
Once again it seems that mathematics has garnered front stage on the education agenda. Many people have had less than euphoric experiences with mathematics
... (more)

A Conversation with Deborah W. Meier by Merri Rosenberg
Teaching hadn’t been part of Deborah W. Meier’s original game plan.
As the mother of three young children, studying for a doctorate in history
... (more)

We know half of New York City high school classes graduate within four years and only 70% of our youth receive high school diplomas. New Yorkers are hopeful
... (more)

February in History By Chris Rowan
The Romans added February to their calendar around 700 B.C. February is named after Februus, the Roman god of Purification. (more)

January 2003
Arlene Alda Charms Children at Bellevue’s Reach Out and Read By Sybil Maimin
Waiting can be fun, even for children in a hospital waiting room, thanks to Reach Out and Read (ROR), a national pediatric early literacy intervention program that sees... (more)

Brooklyn D.A. Joe Hynes By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Is it possible that one of the best known district attorneys in the country—Charles “Joe” Hynes, from Brooklyn, was once so indifferent to school, let alone law school, that he... (more)

First Mathematician to Win the Nobel Prize
Takes an Interest in Pre-College Instruction
By Alfred Posamentier, Ph.D.
With all the publicity that the film A Beautiful Mind brought to Nobel Laureate John Nash (Economics 1994), who was only the second mathematician to win a Nobel Prize... (more)

Geography Corner By Chris Rowan (more)

Grandparents’ Council at NYU Child Study Center
Nearly four years after its creation, the Grandparents Council, an educational outreach program of the New York University (NYU) Child Study Center under the directorship... (more)

The Rhodes Scholarship By Leah Bourne
Rhodes Scholarships are one of the most prestigious and sought after study awards in the world. They offer their recipients the resources to explore scholastically, study... (more)

Supt. Reyes Irizarry, District 76, basis By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though he has been Superintendent of Brooklyn and Staten Island High Schools (BASIS) for only a short time, Reyes Irizarry, whose career began as a bilingual teacher... (more)

Lessons Learned By Joan Washington
The special needs children of PS 811Q Marathon School wanted to do something positive to honor the heroes and those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. (more)

Education and Philosophy: The Abraham Lincoln School By Marie Holmes
Howard Schott adores his job. He reads the Bible, Plato’s Republic and other canonical works to elementary and middle school students, teaches 7th grade science, and also... (more)

Supporting the Development of Effective Reading Teachers By Peggy McNamara
“When you teach comprehension, you are teaching students how to think, how to make connections, and how to think about their thinking. I don’t ever want to teach... (more)

Mayor Bloomberg & Richard Cook Give 100 Year Association Awards
Recently, President Richard A. Cook, of the 100 Year Association presided over a ceremony at Surrogate Court in which $80,000 in public service and college scholarships... (more)

Special to Education Update
Mission Not Impossible By Chancellor Joel Klein
My mission for our schools is simple: to educate every child effectively. To achieve this, I commit to an unrelenting focus on teaching and learning inside the classroom. (more)

Phi Delta Kappa Gives Awards to Four Outstanding Educators
The Faculty House at Columbia University was the recent scene of a glittering array of 220 educators gathered to pay homage to Superintendent Shelley Harwayne, District 2, Superintendent... (more)

Let’s Remember All Our Children By Matilda Raffa Cuomo
The tragic, recent earthquake in San Giuliano di Puglia came in the wake of our own unforgettable catastrophe of 9/11, just as we brace ourselves for still more death and destruction... (more)

Learn to Coach, Learn to Live By Ian Taubin
I was waiting behind the three-point line when there were five seconds left in a tied game. I caught the ball with four seconds left, and I was open to take the winning shot. However... (more)

December 2002
Dr. Rae Alexander-Minter, Vice Pres., Metropolitan College
By Sybil Maimin
Dr. Rae Alexander-Minter gets things done! Smart, enthusiastic, and blessed with advantage, she is determined that opportunities be given to others so that they may have a chance to experience the... (more)

Gen. Marcelite Harris, Chief of Staff, Dept. of Ed By Tom Kertes (more)

Reuel Jordan, Principal, Bank Street School for Children By Marie Holmes
On the third floor of the modest, red brick building that houses Bank Street’s School for Children, a small girl with long blonde braids is wielding a large saw. She holds the toothed tool, almost taller than she, in the air, leaving the visitor to wonder... (more)

John Lee, Superintendent of Queens High Schools By Adam B. Kushner
Worlds are coming together in Queens high schools under Superintendent John Lee’s watch. (more)

Looking at Literacy for Ages 0–3 By Pamela Wheeler-Civita
As a teacher in a mixed age inclusion-setting classroom for the very youngest children, what does literacy look like for my students? Letter and number recognition is not always the most important goal for these children. It is really more about the shared... (more)

Literacy for Preschoolers: The Blue’s Clues Way By Dr. Alice Wilder
What is literacy for preschoolers (ages 2-5)? They can’t “read” in the way that adults think of literacy. Yet so much of what a preschooler does everyday involves literacy-related skills. (more)

A Personal Journey to Reach Out & Read By Trish Magee
Progress in any field occurs in steps, one after another, one building on the other. Each new insight builds and expands on earlier breakthroughs. This is certainly true in the field of literacy. If you were to ask ten educators who influenced... (more)

Reading Reform Foundation Holds 21st Annual Conference
Inside the New York Hilton and Towers recently, 600 teachers gave up the Sunday of a three-day weekend to attend the twenty-first annual conference of Reading Reform Foundation entitled, “Effective Techniques for Teaching Reading, Writing & Spelling. (more)

Math in The City: A View from the College Classroom By Stanley Ocken & Robert Feinerman
Kim Brown’s recent article, “Math Adds up at CCNY Teacher Training Program,” [Education Update, Nov. 2002] paints a warm picture of Prof. C. T. Fosnot’s Mathematics in the City teacher training program. We are writing as professors of mathematics, engaged... (more)

Realistic Math Makes Sense for Student By Eve Torrence
I am a mathematician. I am a college professor. I am a mother. From all three perspectives I have been following with interest the controversy over the current mathematics education reform. Last year I had an experience that finally brought clarity. (more)

The Outstanding Teachers of the Month for November 2002 - NEW!
The Outstanding Teachers of the Month for November 2002 have each been nominated by their colleagues, students, parents, principals and superintendents. Education Update has selected six nominees for their outstanding work on the “frontiers” of education... (more)

Michael DiPiano: Teacher, Coach, Transplant Recipient By Tom Kertes
These days, messages such as “follow your dreams,” “have a positive attitude,” or “you can accomplish anything if you just work hard” are so commonplace that they often seem trite. Except, of course, when they come from a man like Michael DiPiano. (more)

Afterschool Educational Options Are Essential for Our Children
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo & Marnie Ponce-White
The recent aggressive budget cuts continue to affect the infrastructure of our school system on both administrative and academic levels. As educators, the increase in accountability and the emphasis on standardized math and reading scores to measure... (more)

Reflections on Leadership: 2002 By Jill Levy
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
—Helen Keller

I’m not particularly nostalgic. I don’t pine for the good old days because I am not certain that the “good old days” were all that good. But I must admit that I do look back often to evaluate where I am in relation to the course I have set for the Council... (more)

Grants for School Districts (more)

November 2002
Inside the Superintendent’s Office
Rose Albanese-DePinto, Senior Superintendent of High Schools
by Marie Holmes
As Senior Superintendent of high schools, Rose Albanese-DePinto knows that, in New York City, building space is worth its square footage in gold...

Healthy Children, Healthy Futures
by Matilda Raffa Cuomo& B.J. Carter
To enable children to have a successful school education, there must be an active partnership with the home, school and the community... (more)

Enough Already!
by Jill S. Levy
The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) members–public school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and day care directors–have been...

Diplomats Discuss Terrorism at Brandeis HS
by Marie Holmes
Recently, students gathered in Brandeis HS’s sprawling auditorium on the Upper West Side to attend a panel discussion entitled, “A Global Response to Terrorism: the U.N.’s Role.”... (more)

800 Parents “Learn the Law” at Annual United Parents Association Conference
by Tom Kertes
There was one thing crystal clear about the 81st Anniversary Conference of the United Parents Association (UPA): its purpose. “I know why you’re here,” Steve Sanders,... (more)

In Praise of Homework
by Dorothy A. Hutcheson
Homework has been much in the news. Last year several articles appeared about the hopeless drudgery of it all, the astronomical amounts assigned to even young.... (more)

H.S. Programs Abroad: Advancing Nothing More than Resumes?
by Ruth Hupart
The Oxford Advanced Studies Program lets high school-age students from many countries take classes and live in the dorms at Magdalen College in Oxford, England...

The Outstanding Teachers of the Month for November 2002 - NEW!
The Outstanding Teachers of the Month for November 2002 have each been nominated by their colleagues, students, parents, principals and superintendents. Education Update has selected six nominees for their outstanding work on the “frontiers” of education... (more)

Judge James Warren Speaks to Poly Prep Students
Judge James Warren recently spoke at Poly Prep Country Day School. Appointed on August 23, 1994 to the San Francisco Superior Court, Judge James Warren has presided over... (more)

Student Contests... (more)

Grants for School Districts
A new monthly column to help school superintendents and principals get additional funding much needed at a time when school budgets have been cut.... (more)

November in History Compiled by Chris Rowan (more)

October 2002
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)

September 2002
Schools Lose Great Teachers In a Sea of Red Tape By Marie Holmes
As classes begin this month throughout the five boroughs, a slew of newly certified teachers step to the front of the classroom. (more)

New York City Welcomes Over 8,000 New Teachers By Marie Holmes
Last year, hundreds of teaching positions were still vacant just days before school started. A lot has changed since then, and with the academic... (more)

Oldest School at General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen
By Sybil Maimin
Among the many wonderful secrets waiting to be discovered in New York City is the Mechanics Institute, a tuition-free school started in 1820... (more)

September 11: One Year After
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Susan Moesker

The unthinkable horror has passed, and we are left with the memories: the remorse, the heroism, the frightening questions, and the gaping hole in... (more)

Profiles In Education: Cynthia Greenleaf
“My Kind of Town, Chicago Is . . .” By Joan Baum, Ph.d.
If Chicago is not only her “kind of town” but her “kind of people too,” as the Sammy Cahn / Jimmy Van Heusen song has it, one reason for... (more)

The Future of Education By Jill Levy
Astonishingly, I am more optimistic today about the future of NYC public schools than during my past 43 years as an educator... (more)

Math Adds Up At CCNY Teacher Training Program By Kim Brown
It takes a suspension of disbelief to participate in “Mathematics in the City.” (more)

Inside the Superintendent’s Office
Dr. Angelo Gimondo: District 30 By Marie Holmes

uperintendent Gimondo has a unique understanding of the immigrant children who attend the 30 schools under his jurisdiction. At the tender age of... (more)

September in History Compiled By Chris Rowan... (more)
August 2002
I.S. 318 Wins Chess Championship
Intermediate School 318 recently celebrated its third consecutive National Chess Championship. (more)

We Need Mentors By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Jack M. Adrien
In 1987, when we established the New York State Mentoring Program (NYSMP), our vision was to provide children at risk of dropping out of school with... (more)

A Tale of Two Obstacles By Jill S. Levy
These are certainly not the best of times for New York City public schools. They may turn out to be the worst of times, but for... (more)

Summer in the City:
A Gift of Great Math for Gifted Students
By Tom Kertes
There’s really no reason why outstanding New York City high school students who are interested in a high quality summer program in math and science... (more)

A Mural Grows in a Harlem Garde By Marie Holmes
Climbing up from the subway station at Lexington Avenue and 116th street, the idea of green space seems very far away indeed. (more)

Schechter Students Track Screech Owls in Central Park
By Lori Skopp

Eleven students from Solomon Schechter High School of New York participated in an innovative screech owl field trip in Central Park recently. (more)

Profiles in Education: Sandra Priest Rose By Marylena Mantas
Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Reading Reform Foundation of New York has given more than 3,000 teachers the tools necessary to bring their students... (more)

HS Students Learn to Write at Sarah Lawrence College
By Christina Perpignano
Emily Leavitt, a 14-year-old student at Beacon High School, always had... (more)

Helen Santiago: #1 IN #1 By Jacob M. Appel
Helen Santiago and Community School District 1 go back a long ways. (more)

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Joel Klein As Schools Chancellor
On July 29th, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the appointment of Joel I. Klein as New York City Schools Chancellor. (more)

Storytelling, Carnivorous Plants, and Ballet in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at The New York Botanical Garden
Visit the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and experience the beauty and excitement of nature in the one-of-a-kind, 12-acre indoor/outdoor science... (more)

July 2002
Bank Street Conference at Museum of Natural History
By Deborah Young
Education’s place and potential in a democracy is an assumption that needs frequent revisiting, agreed speakers Deborah Meier,... (more)

Bard HS Early College Moves to Lower East Side
Beginning in September 2002, Bard High School Early College, which opened this year in shared space in Brooklyn, will have a place of its own. (more)

Bloomberg and Soros Announce
Plan to Fund After-School Programs
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, joined by George Soros at PS 130 in the Bronx, announced recently that the City and the Open Society... (more)

From Coney Island to Paris to Miami:
An Assistant Principal Shares Her Views
By Lynn K. Robbins
Ruby K. Payne states in A Framework for Understanding Poverty, “An individual brings with him/her the hidden rules of the class in which he/she was raised.”

How The Constitution Works for Students By Ari McKenna
In a sparsely furnished courtroom in Manhattan recently, students from IS 89 had the opportunity to mock-try a Supreme Court Case on National Security vs. The First Amendment. (more)

Dr. Joyce Coppin Honored By Alfred Posamentier, Ph.D.
As a part of the celebration on April 3, 2002 in Vienna, Austria to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the very fruitful cooperation program between...

Events at Everett Children’s Adventure Garden,
NY Botanical Garden, Bronx

Inside the Superintendent’s Office: Betty Rosa By Marylena Mantas
Classical music echoes through the hallways of IS 101, an intermediate school in Community School District 8 in the Bronx.

Lexington School for the Deaf Honors Ralph Lauren
The students and board members of The Lexington School/Center for the Deaf recently honored Ralph and Ricky Lauren at a gala event celebrating the opening of the school’s new state-of-the-art Ralph and Ricky Lauren Center for the Performing Arts. (more)

Mentoring USA Holds Appreciation Reception
By Ari McKenna

NASA’s Education Programs for High School Students
By Frank Scalzo, Ph.D.

New Middle School at Marymount By Sybil Maimin (more)

(Exclusive to Education Update)
Paige Discusses After-School Programs
By Tom Kertes (more)

Private or Public Education?
By Christina Perpignano and Zaher Karp (more)

Ramaz Lower School By Pola Rosen, Ed.D. (more)

Schools Provide ‘Oasis of Stability’ to Homeless Children
Reauthorization of McKinney-Vento Act Expected to Have Positive Results for Children in Temporary Housing
By Marylena Mantas (more)

“Start Something” & Tiger Woods Fulfill Kids’ Dreams
By Tom Kertes

Summer Travel & Education: Heritage Seminars
By Ricki Berkowitz (more)

Warning Signs of Depression and Suicide
By Matilda R. Cuomo & Margaret I. Cuomo Maier, M.D. (more)

Who’s Minding the Schools? By Jill Levy (more)

June 2002
Academic Olympics:
A Golden Educational Tool
By Tom Kertes (more)

After-School Programs:
Lively Exchange at Open Society Institute
By Joan Baum (more)

Children's Book Awards Bestowed by Bank Street By Joan Baum (more)

Mentoring USA-Helping Children
Succeed in School and in Life
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo (more)

Family Fun in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden (more)

Graduations in U.S. History Compiled By Chris Rowan (more)

Thinking About Homeschooling? By Christine Webb (more)

400+ Learning Leaders School Volunteers Celebrate (more)

Requiem for Expertise By Jill S. Levy
Several Saturdays ago I received an unsettling phone call from a dear friend, a respected principal. (more)

NJ Asst. Principal Reflects on HS Graduation By Gina M. Verrone (more)

Inside the Superintendent's Office: Tony Sawyer By Marylena Mantas (more)

Testing the Limits of No Child Left Behind By Bruce Myint (more)

May 2002
Lisa Belzberg: Principal Mover of Principal For a Day
By Joan Baum, Ph.D. (more)

Inside the Superintendentís Office:
Evelyn Castro, District 4 By Marylena Mantas (more)

Women in the Kitchen and at the Helm:
Careers in the Food Industry
By Marie Holmes (more)

Healthy Role-Modeling By Matilda Raffa Cuomo & Susan J. Moesker (more)

Celebrate Science Month In The Everett Childrenís Adventure Garden at The New York Botanical Garden (more)

Frederick Douglas Academy Prepares "Believers and Achievers" By Marie Holmes (more)

Laying the Groundwork for Governors Island By Bruce Myint (more)

Creepy But Fun: P.S. 87 Kids Are Bugging Out at the Insect Safari By Tom Kertes (more)

Between T-Rex & King Kong By Jill Levy (more)

MAY IN HISTORY Compiled By Chris Rowan (more)

The Merrow Report on DVD (more)

Principal For a Day: A Personal Perspective
By Pola Rosen, Ed.D. (more)

Principal For a Day: Follow-Up & Feedback with Jane Pauley
By Sybil Maimin (more)

Teen Entrepreneurs Test Their Skills By Sybil Maimin (more)

U.S. Department of Education Addresses High School Issues
By Tom Kertes (more)

New Mentoring Program Launched At The French Culinary Institute By Marylena Mantas (more)

April 2002
A Productive Summer
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo & Louisa Efua Essandoh (more)

Women Prepare to Enter Workforce at the Grace Institute
By Marie Holmes

Resources Count & Positively Impact Student Achievement
By Jill Levy

The Miracle in Fort Greene By Tom Kertes (more)

Robotics Competition Inspires HS Students By Bruce Myint (more)

Curriculum, Community, Collaboration:
Teacher Network Sponsors Education Conference
By Deborah Young

Vocational Schools Face New Challenges By Marylena Mantas (more)

Students Lead WNET Teen Conference By Marie Holmes (more)

March 2002
Should We Abolish The BOE? By Deborah Young (more)

Selfless Giving Women’s History Month & Mentoring
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Louisa Efua Essandoh

Inside the Superintendent’s Office
Inside District 2 with Shelley Harwayne By Marylena Mantas (more)

Celebrate Chocolate Month! (more)

$2.4 Billion Education Budget Shortfall
Rings in New Year of Financial Troubles
By Bruce Myint (more)

It’s the Quality of Leadership That Cultivates a Learning Environment By Jill Levy (more)

Education Update Online Survey Results (more)

NY Academy of Science & Cuny Showcase HS Science Projects By Marie Holmes (more)

A New Era At Toy Fair By M.C. Cohen (more)

February 2002
Teachers Gather to Learn High-Tech Methods
at Thirteen/WNET National Teacher Training Institute

US Poet Laureate Launches Project to Encourage Poetry in High Schools (more)

From Horror to Hope By Matilda Raffa Cuomo (more)

Inside District 15 with Superintendent Carmen Fariña
“A District That Is Really Moving” By Marylena Mantas (more)

Student Journalist
Private Profits, Public Lands:
Old-Growth Logging on National Forests
By Sera Bilezikyan (more)

It is Time to Reexamine the Responsibilities
of Supervisors & Administrators
By Jill Levy (more)

AOL, Bank Street, UFT & NYU Help New Educators By Pola Rosen, Ed.D. (more)

Teachers College Holds a Teach-In for Educators By Bruce Myint (more)

Students At Old Saybrook HS Rebuild First Submarine By Tom Kertes (more)

Geography Corner By Chris Rowan (more)

February in History (more)

January 2002
Revival of Radio at Brooklyn Tech By Katarzyna Kozanecka (more)

CUNY & BOE Chancellors Propose K-16 System By Sybil Maimin (more)

Creative Expression Helps Children Deal with Tragedy By Marie Holmes (more)

Collaboration Between BOE and CUNY
Fosters Pockets of Excellence
By Marylena Mantas (more)

Online Publication Provides Students
with Unique Learning Opportunities
By Marie Holmes (more)

Homeschooling Resources On- and Off-Line (Part II) By Sarah Elzas(more)

Caroline Kennedy Shares Her Mother’s Favorite Poems With Harlem Community (more)

Perspective By Jill Levy(more)

Join the Makulu II As It Sets Sail for Adventures Around the World (more)

Outstanding Educators Honored
at Columbia University’s Phi Delta Kappa
By Pola Rosen, Ed.D. (more)

Schools for Pregnant Girls: A Historical Perspective By Andrew Schiff (more)

December 2001 
Voters Support Afterschool Programs

After School Chess Games in Harlem By Joan Baum, Ph.D. (more)

Special Approaches to Education:
The Importance of Creative Arts
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Jennifer Ward (more)

December in History By Chris Rowan (more)

Geography Corner By Chris Rowan (more)

Holiday Events & Music in NYC (more)

Homeschooling as Alternative to Classrooms By Sarah Elzas (more)

Teachers College Talks About Islam By Sybil Maimin (more)

The Makulu II: The Field Trip to End All Field Trips By Tom Kertes (more)

The Legality of Home Education By Martha McCarthy, Ph.D. (more)

November 2001 
Freedom vs. Security: Challenge to Educators
By Sybil Maimin (more)

Opening Channels for Expression By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Deborah E. Lans (more)

National Education Summit Reaffirms Educational Commitment By Marylena Mantas (more)

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at The New York Botanical Garden (more)

Geography Corner By Chris Rowan (more)

Conference Addresses Needs of Grandparents Raising Children (more)

Bank Street President Speaks on HBO Series By Tom Kertes (more)

No Longer In Their Infancy: Centers Provide The Best of Education By Tom Kertes (more)

November in history Compiled by Chris Rowan (more)

View from the Top By Jill Levy (more)

Half of NY State School Principals to Retire in Five Years:
Survey Confirms Crisis

NY State Test Results Released (more)

October 2001
Let This Tragedy Open A New Door
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Deborah E. Lans (more)

In the Aftermath of Tragedy: Helping Children Cope By Marie Holmes (more)

Hall of Fame Teacher Helps Students Deal With Tragedy by Tom Kertes (more)

An Interview with
Imam Omar Abu Namous, the Islamic Center of NY
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D. and Marylena Mantas (more)

Bilingual Funds Cut (more)

First Lady Delivers Keynote Address
at Opening Meeting for Learning Leaders
By Marylena Mantas (more)

Educators Are Unsung HeroesBy Jill Levy (more)

WTC Forces Schools To Close By Marylena Mantas (more)

October In History Compiled by Chris Rowan (more)

WTC Attack: A View From Stuyvesant HS by Katarzyna Kozanecka (more)

Old Saybrook High School Students Rebuild First Submarine By Marylena Mantas (more)

Renaissance Learning, Inc. (more)

September 2001
Thirteen Releases Updated Version of Jewish Heritage Series
By Joa n Baum, Ph. D. (more)

Mentoring USA
Helps Teach English as a Second Language
By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Holly Darling (more)

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at the NY Botanical Garden (more)

Exploration Station: Manhattan’s First Teacher Supply Store (more)

Teens Share Summer Adventures By Rachel Mittelman (more)

Exploring Alternatives to Public School Education (more)

Reflections on the Budget By Jill Levy (more)

New Presidents Series (more)

New Schools to Open this Fall in NYC (more)

Finally, Professional Development for Principals By Sarah Elzas (more)

Reach the World: “Aiming for Big Impact in Small Communities” By Marylena Mantas (more)

Teachers College Helps New Teachers Stay In the Classroom By Marylena Mantas (more)

Levy Proposes WNYE To WNYC: What Are We Losing? By Katarzyna Kozanecka (more)

August 2001
Ch. 13 Offers Afterschool Resources By Marylena Mantas (more)

Vocational Schools in Queens (more)

Children Help Build Urban Oasis By Tom Kertes (more)

Student Radio Drama Festival on WNYE-FM by Katarzyna Kozanecka (more)

NYS Ed Dept Invests in Families By Tom Kertes (more)

A Tool for Closing the Achievement Gap
by Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education (more)

Milwaukee Vouchers Assessed By Sybil Maimin (more)

What to do with the boe? By Sarah Elzas (more)

Summer Gifted program By Rachel Mittelman (more)

Geography Corner By Chris Rowan (more)

A Major League Partnership by Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Deborah E. Lans (more)

Who Will Run Our Schools? By Jill Levy (more)

Ten Years of Court TV By Tom Kertes(more)

Divine Intervention: Chancellor Honors Church Involvement by Kahdeidra Martin (more)

Learning to Fly In Queens by Jacob M. Appel (more)

August in History Compiled By Chris Rowan(more)

July 2001
Edison Schools Enter NYC Market by Sarah Elzas (more)

Bard College Launches New High School: Apply Now! by Sarah Elzas (more)

Mills & Regents Close the Gap by M.C. Cohen (more)

From Accused to Redeemed:
How a Teacher Fought Back Cheating Allegations
By Anita Patil (more)

German Delegation at
Bank Street’s Liberty Partnership Program
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.(more)

Welcoming a New Group of Fellows by Sarah Elzas (more)

Thanks to PENCIL, Brooklyn School Has a Logo (more)

July in History compiled by Chris Rowan (more)

Fascinating NYC Maritime History Provides Lessons for Teachers by Sybil Maimin
From the beginning, New York City has been shaped by its proximity to the sea. (more)

Fighting Genocide at Black Mesa by Sera Bilezikyan (more)

Mills & Regents Close the Gap by M.C. Cohen (more)

Quality Of Life Research Competition Winners (more)

Social Studies Through Poetry (more)

New Series at WNET Makes Math Fun (more)

June 2001
Joining the Circus at School by Sarah Elzas

From Accused to Redeemed:
Fighting Cheating Allegations
by Anita Patil

Geography Corner by Chris Rowan

In Brief Parent Satisfaction Survey

June in History compiled by Chris Rowan

Student Profile: Neesha Milligan

Ten Future Teachers Receive Scholarships from MCC by Sarah Elzas

SURR SchoolsReach Toward Excellence by M.C. Cohen

Channel 13: Watch and Learn by Tom Kertes

May 2001
Boards of Education Presidents Across the Country
by Sarah Elzas

Addressing Education at Columbia Forum by Sybil Maimin

A Brave New World at P.S. 247 by Tom Kertes

Principals for a Day: Opening Eyes, Forging Bonds by Sarah Elzas

Comparing Principals’ Leadership by Myriam Pichon

Fulbright Scholars Discuss Immigration by Jacob M. Appel

High School, the Polish Way by Katarzyna Kozanecka

New York Center Addresses Violence Prevention by M.C. Cohen

April 2001
State Laureates Speak of the Writing, Reading and Revising of Poetry by Sarah Elzas

A Principal Program—Bank on Its Continued Success by Joan Baum, Ph.D.

Kerry Kennedy Cuomo Speaks at Columbia University by Sybil Maimin

Harlem YMCA Marks 31 Years of Recognizing African-American Achievement by Dynishal P. Gross

High School Students Lead the Way By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.

City Schools Showcased to National Educational Leaders by Sybil Maimin

In Brief: West Side HS Renamed for Ed Reynolds, Online Teacher Applications, New Brooklyn HS Superintendent, Three NYC Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Awards, Levy on School Report Cards

Local College Aid Foundation Saves Parents $12, 757 In College Expenses!

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