Patricia Willens is a news editor at WNYC in charge of the station’s education and youth reporting unit. She is also the Editor of SchoolBook, the award-winning website for local education coverage. She started at WNYC as a freelance reporter before coming on full–time in 2002 to produce Morning Edition. In other positions in the newsroom, she has served as assignment editor, features editor, intern coordinator and the producer of the newsroom’s live events in The Greene Space. In all these roles, her goal is to make WNYC sound as big, diverse and inspiring as the region it serves.
If past is prologue, about three quarters of students applying to public high schools will be accepted to one of their top three choices. But could that number be even higher if applicants spread out their choices?
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Dozens of new or expanded schools got the all-clear to open this fall but a handful of others saw their plans dashed, as the city navigated its way through a thicket of proposals left by the Bloomberg administration.
Educators say it's a big problem, especially among new immigrant groups.
A teacher makes an intriguing suggestion: create an "exceptional weather" policy that would not punish families or staff for missing school during big storms but would reward those who do make it to school.
Three major pre-kindergarten providers press lawmakers to figure out a stable stream of money so they can do their job offering programs to more four-year-old New Yorkers.
Criticism of Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña's decision to keep schools open today is piling up almost as quickly as the snow. But on one point both sides agree: the city must do a better job letting the public know how it makes such decisions.
City data shows that tens of thousands of NYC students are served lunch by 10:45 in the morning. When it comes to chicken nuggets before noon, how early is too early?
Small tubes of powdered milk and mushroom spores sped into earth's orbit on Thursday as part of science experiments conducted by two groups of New York City students.
Catch up on education news, get a head start on the school application season. SchoolBook is here for you even if the team is taking a little break for the holidays. See you next year!
A high school diploma is only the beginning of what my students need to secure a better future. As the principal of a transfer high school, I am a strong believer in job training and college experience for my kids while they are still in high school.
The city’s high school newspapers tackled some big topics this fall. From failed Regents grading to the city’s evaluation system, student reporters didn’t shy away from uncovering systematic failures that left them wondering if the adults were alright.
To enroll at West Brooklyn Community High School, students must buy in to a certain level of support and counseling. In exchange, the school promises to keep them on track to graduate, no small feat for those who have struggled in at least one high school before this one.
One point. That is all that stands between Amy and a high school diploma. And I am the teacher responsible for getting her over the line.
Progress reports without a grade. That’s what Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio proposed during the campaign and it led SchoolBook to wonder: what are all those numbers behind the grades and what can we learn from them going forward?
A professor argues it's high time to take the heat out of the debate about charter schools and she debuinks a few myths along the way.
Two high school students from New York City who met the South African leader as sixth graders in 2009 share their impressions with WNYC. "I shook his hand and even though he was weak and sickly at the time his handshake was one of the firmest I’ve ever had," one student said.
Educators at one Brooklyn high school focus on getting their at-risk students across the threshold of the building. Sounds simple, right? Think again. In the first of a series called Educating on the Edge, we see that tracking attendance here involves a lot more than roll call.
Special education watchdogs in New York City are ready to bend the ear of the new mayor. There are a lot of things they want to change, and they're not shy about listing them.
A group of Brooklyn Tech teachers do not mince words when it comes to reviewing a test whose sole purpose was to rate them: "Not only is this test a waste of students’ time and taxpayers’ money, it is also an invalid way to evaluate teachers."