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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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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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Telemundo Spreads Kindergarten Admissions Info to Spanish-Speaking NYC 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.
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Spreading the Word About NYC Schools, en Espanol

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.  
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New York City Continues Modest Climb in High School Graduation Rates

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. 
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Bond Act Passage Translates to More Seats in NYC Schools

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. 
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To Help Struggling Schools, de Blasio Invests Rather Than Shuts Down

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. 
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Disgruntled Brooklyn Parents Want to Know: Do You Hate the Middle School Search as Much as They Do?

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.
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New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

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.

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Study: NYC's Small High Schools Boost College Enrollment Rates

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.
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