A new media professor and author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age talks about how parents can manage their children's (and their own) use of digital technology. Join the conversation about the fast-changing world of communication and connection.
Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from the blood disorder sickle cell anemia, a painful disease that shortens life-expectancy. Sickle cells aren’t round – they’re shaped like a crescent moon - and Radio Rookie Bree Person hates looking at them. She hates talking about them too. But Pearson, a student at Washington Irving High School, decided she wanted more people to understand the illness. Hear her report and an interview with a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore.
Monday is the deadline for students to submit their choices for high school next year. While there are hundreds to choose from there is often excess demand for a handful of the most popular schools while newer or lesser known high schools get overlooked.
SchoolBook wishes its readers and listeners a Happy Thanksgiving. The site will be dark Thursday through the weekend. During the holiday, take a moment to share this story from a recent high school graduate who almost didn't make it through tenth grade. He makes a point of thanking one teacher, and his mom.
Teenagers age out of the foster care system at the age of 18. Many of them don't have the skills or the support network to make it on their own. Two advocates for children have written a book about six teens who found their way off the streets, and how they did it.
Over 6,000 students can return to their original school buildings Tuesday, two weeks after the storm surge knocked out dozens of schools from operation. The city plans to allocate about $200 million dollars in extra spending to repair the still-damaged buildings.
The vast majority of New York City schools opened their doors to students Monday, while about 100 remained closed because of damaged buildings, lingering power outages and the need to house evacuees. City officials say they are using Election Day to get these remaining schools ready for students Wednesday morning.
Many schools welcomed back their students Monday after a week of storm-related closures. P.S. 100 in Brighton Beach was a welcoming -- and warm -- place for many residents who are still without power after the storm known as Sandy. Also, Chancellor Dennis Walcott told WNYC that this week will be extremely challenging as the school system regroups after the storm.
Teachers, principals and school support staff mostly went back to work Friday, sharing their own Sandy stories and figuring out how and where to teach their students come Monday.
Staten Island was one of the areas hit hard by massive flooding from Sandy. Among the people that stayed, was the family of 17-year-old Tasina Berkey. Her family, like many of their neighbors, never experienced flooding like this before.
Public schools - and most private ones too - remain closed Wednesday as New York City cleans up from the flooding and storm damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
New York will be accelerating work on infrastructure projects, including PCB clean-up in city schools. These are projects that are “ready to go, need to happen, and will be finished in the fixed timetable,” the mayor said.
Economists Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley won the Nobel Prize for their work on matching systems. They are the architects of the current high school admissions process used in New York City.
This video of a town hall meeting for city high school students is a must-see for anyone wondering what happens in teens' digital lives. You'll learn the difference between drama and bullying, and hear how teens think adults should guide younger kids on Facebook use.
The SchoolBook team has added and updated helpful guides explaining the intricacies of the nation's largest school system, which has grown to a total of 1,750 schools this fall. Check them out for the latest on deadlines, rules and a road map to the Department of Education.
To cap a week-long education series, The Takeaway invited teachers from around the country - including New York City - to describe the students they worry about the most and the issues that are of the biggest concern to them. Take a listen.
Schoolbook contributor Arthur Goldstein's acerbic commentary on facing a new innovation at the start of every school year apparently is shared by many in the teaching profession. Teachers from all over the country echoed his frustration in an outpouring of online comments, and they are still streaming in.
More than 100 public television stations broadcasted a seven-hour telethon on Saturday to draw attention to the nation’s high school dropout crisis. It was just one piece of a larger "American Graduate" initiative.
A struggling high school is getting a vote of confidence after a very hard year. AT&T; Is giving Flushing High School money -- through the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation -- to help with tutors and college advisors.
All families immersed in the college application process: this is a must-listen item. Journalists who cover higher education tell WNYC of the challenges facing this generation, including rising tuitions, burdensome student debt and poor job prospects upon graduation. If that's not enough to depress you, there's even an interactive graphic that allows you to compare the cost of college when you attended with current costs.