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Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens appears in the following:

How Bad is The Test? English Teachers Count the Ways

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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."

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Not Public School As We Remember It

Monday, November 18, 2013

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.

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The Day I Introduced Barack Obama

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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. 

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A Teacher’s View: We Need the Reforms

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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."

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Here are Three Things the Next Mayor Should Do for NYC's Youngest

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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. 

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School Size - Does it Really Matter?

Monday, November 04, 2013

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?

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Principal: Why My School Said No

Friday, November 01, 2013

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. 

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From Brooklyn, Obama Touts Six-Year High School Model

Friday, October 25, 2013

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."

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State Looking to Reduce Number of Tests

Friday, October 25, 2013

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.

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School Choice Has Limits

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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.

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Chef Takes on Challenge of Picky Eaters in School

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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.

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Opinion: Teen Girls Changing the Face of Philanthropy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"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.

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One Year Later, a Middle School Revisits Sandy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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. 

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Police May Scale Back Search for Missing Teen

Monday, October 21, 2013

Police say they may scale back on the search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic boy who's been missing for over two weeks.

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Teacher-Author Offers Scathing View of NYC Schools from the Inside

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Laurel Sturt discussed her negative views of the New York City school system as outlined in her book Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag. 

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Heavy Hitters Debate School Achievement Gap

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

As the education world waits for a new mayor to take over the largest public school system in the country, SchoolBook invites you to join five leading theorists in a debate about what would make New York City schools better -- for all of its students. Share your views! 

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Teachers Weighing in on Class Size Say Over 20 is Usually Too Big

Monday, October 14, 2013

"There is a point at which small class sizes do not produce better outcomes. They produce worse outcomes," says author Malcolm Gladwell about teaching teenagers. New York City teachers, many of them facing classes of more than 30 teens, almost unanimously disagreed in this Columbus Day call-in segment on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Missing Teen's Family at the Heart of Ongoing Search

Friday, October 11, 2013

Exactly one week after Avonte Oquendo ran out of school unsupervised, his family gathered to pray for his return. Meanwhile, the city broadened its alerts to include public transit. Hear the latest, and get an insider's view on what it means to care for a mute autistic teenager. 

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In Case of Missing Boy, Concerns that Shared School Space Was a Factor

Friday, October 11, 2013

How could a school created for special education students lose one of its own? Some special ed experts say the fact that most programs for special needs kids share space with other schools makes security a real challenge.

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Report: Local Temperatures May Exceed Historical Norms in 34 Years

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A new report says that average temperatures in New York will be hotter than ever, at least in recorded history, by the year 2047.

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