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Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

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.

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Patricia Willens appears in the following:

De Blasio Panel Offers Blueprint for School Discipline Reforms

Thursday, July 23, 2015

As New York City moves from suspending students in favor of keeping them in school, change has been uneven across the system. Now, a high-level team outlines what should happen next.
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White House Opens Its Doors to Local College-Bound Teens

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The First Lady hosted a day-long workshop on college to help students from around the country understand the challenges that await them.
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Report: Too Many NYC Schools Lack College-Prep Science, Math

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WNYC
Thirty nine percent of New York City high schools do not offer standard college-prep courses in math and science, according to a new report.
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For Profit Schools Respond to New Rules from Feds

Monday, July 06, 2015

The Obama Administration's new rules target for profit colleges whose students are burdened with too much debt.

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Big-Name Celebs Assigned to Boost Arts Ed in NYC Schools

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Marc Anthony. Misty Copeland. Paula Abdul. Edward Norton. They're assigned to help troubled middle and elementary schools turn things around with arts programming.
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City Chef Freshens Up School Lunch Food

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

New York City schools serve about 950,000 meals a day — breakfast, lunch and after-school. But it's the little things that occupy the city's top chef, like the plates.
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A Mom Who Got So Mad She Got an Education Degree

Monday, June 01, 2015

Lorraine Hexstall was angry about the way her son was being treated in school. While she struggled to help him, she also decided nobody should have to experience the same ordeal.
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How to Choose the Right College

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's deadline time for students accepted to college for the fall. A high school senior and a college advisor share their views on choosing the right school.
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Educators Go Silent on State Tests, More Than Last Year

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concerns about the state tests may be legion, or they may comprise a small fraction of public opinion. We don't know because most educators are too nervous to talk about them.
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Being 12: The Year Everything Changes for Kids, Schools, Tech, Bodies

Friday, March 13, 2015

WNYC
Download this special program on why 12 matters so much. It's a "hot mess" of change. Hear straight from New York City kids — and a few adults — on Being 12. 
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What a Brand Would Give to Be a Tween Girl’s Friend

Friday, March 13, 2015

As tampon boxes come with comforting factoids and lingerie ads boast “No Photoshop” images, advertisers are crafting a message of female empowerment. And it’s selling. 
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Meet the Teachers Crazy Enough to Teach Middle School

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sure, teacher turnover is higher in New York City middle schools than at elementary or high schools. But for those who stick around there's the potential for a very big payoff.
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First Person: New Yorkers on Being 12

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WNYC
Twelve is an age when the world starts opening up. Hear these students sound off on topics like bullying, social media, discipline, dating and friendships. It's not easy being 12. 
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Find 'Hidden Gems' Among NYC Middle Schools

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A few middle schools get a massive number of applications every year, as if they were the only good options. WNYC unearthed a handful of schools with strong reviews but few applicants.
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Middle School: A 'Hot Mess' of Distractions

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Seventh graders make for curious but easily distracted students. Our Being 12 series looks at the crucial age where teachers and hormones battle for kids’ attention.
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12 Things to Know About 'Being 12' in New York City

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WNYC
Why does 12 matter? Because that kid you saw on the street or subway is going through major physical and psychological changes, buys a lot and represents the changing face of America. 
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Being 12: The Most Awkward, Essential Year of Our Lives

Monday, March 09, 2015

Between childhood and adulthood, there’s 12. It's an age when New York City kids start taking control of who they are and where they're headed.
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NBC: Young New Yorkers Open Up About Tweenage Years

Sunday, March 08, 2015

NBC New York tees up the Being 12 series with WNYC's Beth Fertig.
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New York City Adjusts Pre-K Rules to Attract More Religious Schools

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.
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NBC: Dual Language Schools Offer Elementary Options

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.
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