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.
Patricia Willens appears in the following:
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Schools that were reluctant to join the city's expansion of pre-k because of instructional guidelines won some leeway, including the right to take prayer breaks during the school day.
Monday, February 09, 2015
New York City's Feb. 18 deadline for kindergarten applications is approaching fast. NBC reports on some expanded options for families.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
WNYC's Sarah Gonzalez returns to Telemundo 47 to share the latest information about New York City's dual-language options for kindergarten with Spanish-speaking families.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
About 40 percent of New York City public school students are Latino. Many of their parents are new to the city, and perhaps new to English. That's why we are airing these TV segments.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
More students who started high school in the fall of 2010 finished in four years than those the year before, with the city's graduation rate just over 64 percent.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
New York City is getting a windfall from the 'smart schools' bond act, to the tune of about $780 million to be spent mostly on making more space in overcrowded schools.
Monday, November 03, 2014
New York City's mayor set a starkly different tone than his predecessor with his $150 million plan to give the city's worst schools help and time to improve.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
"Probably the most stressful parenting endeavor I have yet encountered." That's what one parent said in a survey of District 15 parents about the search for a middle school.
Friday, October 17, 2014
A New York City entrant in a long-running research controversy over the effectiveness of small high schools reveals that a reform derided as a failure has positive impact.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The latest findings from an ongoing review of the small high schools that replaced many of New York's massive schools show more upside, this time in terms of college.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña outlined a new way to evaluate schools that minimizes tests scores in favor of more qualitative measures.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The process of applying to a New York City public middle school just got a little easier. If you sign up, we'll send a weekly email to guide you through the process, step by step.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A quarter of New York City middle school students have been held back at least once. Advocates say the city needs to do more to prevent them from dropping out of school altogether.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined the family of a Staten Island man killed while being detained by the NYPD in calling for legal action. Garner's widow said prosecutors should "do the right thing and give me justice for my husband."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States - she has learned English, made a home here and is trying very hard to graduate high school. And the last test she needs is one she's failed three times already.
Monday, June 23, 2014
The percentage of New York students who graduated within four years rose but not by much, and state officials said they could do better.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The votes are in. Members of the New York City teachers union showed strong support for a long overdue labor deal with the city.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
NYC students representing a wide range of high schools voiced their questions and concerns about the school system straight to people in charge at a WNYC/SchoolBook live event.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Details are out on a labor contract deal between New York City and its public school teachers. The mayor said it represents a huge breakthrough for New Yorkers because it does not rely on tax increases, and includes health care savings.