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.
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."
Author John Owens offers a scathing view of what gets lost when new schools open with sweeping promises but scarce resources. Schools focused solely on academics suffer. It's the "extra" programs like theater or sports that make a school complete.
Imagine being a high school junior who is told he will introduce the president of the United States. Radcliffe Saddler tells us what it was like to give the speech of a lifetime.
A teacher who supports recent reforms in the schools speaks out, and takes on the claims of the opposition. "It turns out that much of the rhetoric against the Common Core standards is just that: rhetoric," he says. "Their claims have been repeatedly debunked, but they continue to crop up, reminding us that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on."
Give EarlyLearn NYC a real chance to succeed. That's what two children advocates argue in this opinion piece, as they offer a three-point guide for what the next mayor should do to improve the early childhood system across the city.
Ahead of the next #whatworks Twitter chat on Nov. 6, check out what the experts are saying about small schools as a strategy to improving New York City high schools. Are they all they are cracked up to be?
One school community rallied against giving their young students an extra test. And it worked. The principal shares her view on why she opted out, and how all the changes in the school system are stressing out educators.
President Obama came to Brooklyn to pressure Congress to act on the budget and celebrate the model of P-Tech, a six-year high school. He said Brooklyn was cool when he lived there but "not this cool."
Under pressure to relieve schools of testing overload, New York's top education official said he would eliminate one test for some 8th graders and look to cut more so that teachers can focus on teaching, not test prep.
School choice sounds like a good thing, and mostly it is. But, for many families, the array of choices in New York City can be overwhelming and leave their kids even farther behind. Experts debate the mixed blessing of school choice in the public school system. Read on.
A famous chef faces his toughest challenge: picky eaters contemplating school cafeteria food. They face off at an Oct. 30 event. Be there to learn how to get kids to eat better, and actually enjoy it.
"The image of an old, wealthy man seated on a pile of his money has changed—now teenage girls can change the world." says a local teen activist.
Sandy took a heavy toll on certain schools in New York City, including one on Staten Island school that saw many of its students displaced. The kids are back now, and they've been learning techniques to cope with the memories, one year later.