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.
It's not just basketball, baseball or other traditional American sports anymore. Dozens of New York City high schools are fielding teams in badminton and table tennis for the first time this spring.
Three documentaries that address the challenges facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities won top honors.
Now that the dust up over a city reversal on three proposed charter schools has settled, somewhat, it's a good time to get a handle on the charter schools debate. Luckily, we have just the thing.
The numbers are in. Most students matched with a top choice for high school but the dust is still settling as families of eighth graders contemplate the transition.
SchoolBook's mission is to explain and report on the largest school district in the nation, the one right here in New York City. To that end, we have a new guide for the high school years. Share it with your friends.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.