schools

Jun
23

Chaotic end to NYC school year: Rage over budget cuts

A wave of disappointment and anger is spreading across New York City school communities, touched off by Mayor Eric Adams’ recently announced budget cuts: Parents fear they’ll see programs discontinued in the fall, and teachers are worried about their jobs. While the cuts are tied to K-12 declining enrollment —which has dropped by 9.5% since […]

By John Russo | Uncategorized
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Jun
23

Trading ‘Please focus’ for ‘How are you?’: A listening strategy that’s helping some teachers improve the classroom experience

To her relief, Elissa Levy’s ninth graders remembered how to make friends when they returned this September to East Harlem’s High School for Climate Justice. But after spending prolonged time out of the classroom during the pandemic, they seem to have forgotten how to “do” other parts of school, the physics teacher said. Many are […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
31

NYC’s controversial social skills assessment helped this Brooklyn school. Getting there hasn’t been easy.

Educators and families were in wide agreement: Students would need help adjusting socially and emotionally to being back in classrooms this year amid the COVID pandemic.  But one of New York City’s plans to do that — by using a questionnaire called the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment, or DESSA, in every school — was quickly […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
31

After a lockdown brings fears home, Denver students rally for gun control

When Jude Keener-Ruscha realized the lockdown Thursday at Denver’s Northfield High School wasn’t a drill, they looked at the two good friends sitting next to them. “I thought, ‘Well, if I die sitting next to these two people, then it’s not that bad,’” said Jude, who will be a senior next year. “And that’s a […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
31

After Texas elementary school shooting, NYC officials ponder next steps

Safe corridors for children traveling to and from schools. New scanning devices to catch weapons before they are brought into classrooms. A public information campaign urging parents to keep an eye on their own children and whether they have guns.  Those were some of the suggestions floated Wednesday by New York City officials at a […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
23

NYC’s ‘community schools’ are a lifeline for many students. Dozens are bracing for cuts.

Big cuts are coming to nonprofits that partner with dozens of New York City’s “community schools,” providing them with wraparound support for students, such as mental health services, attendance monitoring, and dental or vision check-ups. One organization that serves a 1,600-student Queens high school may have to slash a program helping students apply for college. […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
17

NYC to expand transfer high schools to help English language learners

New York City education officials are planning to expand the number of transfer high schools that can serve students learning English as a new language, using a Bronx school for newcomer immigrants as one model, according to a top department official. The city shared few details but the move could be an answer to calls […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
03

The problem with education and how can we fix it

From Amsterdam News: Written by Clarence Williams, one of our very own instructors in our Administration Program It seems that the American educational system is in a perpetual state of reform. Everyone agrees that current and past systems do not work, yet every so-called solution is another dead end. With each new sales pitch, textbook […]

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