A museum exhibit on World War II occupies a very natural habitat this summer: historic Governors Island. The photography and propaganda exhibit was entirely curated by students from the New York Historical Society's internship program.
At the same time that city teachers are absorbing the results of state test scores, they are also receiving training on brand new curriculum materials that, some teachers say, would have been quite useful in the classroom prior to the assessments.
In a large school system where the technology spectrum varies widely — for example, some teachers may be hesitant to embrace new gadgets while other classrooms have iPads for every student — the city is trying to bring together on-the-ground experiences and new ideas for using mobile devices and interactive technology that help students learn.
A group of about 40 boys, ranging in age from six to 19, are devoting part of their summers to learning proper nutrition and how to throw a proper punch. They have discovered, through a pilot program teaching them to box, that both take discipline and require respect for the body.
A dispute between the teachers' union and the Department of Education related to the new teacher evaluation plan has -- once again -- cost New York City schools millions of dollars.
Among the many duties of already overloaded school principals, who say they feel pressure to show results to a data-driven Department of Education, is the implementation of a complex teacher evaluation system coming to all the New York City schools this fall.
"They keep changing the music and we keep dancing," said Brian DeVale, principal of P.S. 257 John F. Hylan in Brooklyn.
The teachers' union is pushing back against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to influence changes in the school system years after he leaves office, specifically in the way that space in school buildings is allocated to charter schools. The latest dispute comes in the form of a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court.
Teachers: Meet your new evaluation system. And it has a new name, "Advance." Thousands of teachers and administrators will spend time this summer in full-day training sessions getting better-acquainted with the new system. The trainings officially launched on Thursday.
Five education experts shared their approaches to classroom instruction with the members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Education Reform Commission. Cincinnati's community schools model got closer scrutiny from the commission which is slated to release its recommendations for improving New York's public schools later this year.
Summer school is underway and parents at least have mixed feelings about it. One mother said she felt that her child's need to attend the summer session was her "fault" while another chose to enroll one of her sons even though he didn't need it, just to "prepare him" for next year.
While the city is trying out new enrichment programs for summer learning, traditional summer school for those who performed poorly on state tests remains unchanged. Tens of thousands of students begin the month-long program on Monday.
France may take its food culture seriously, but it's looking to New York City for some ideas in at least one arena: the school cafeteria.
As the school year ended, and awards distributed to students for a variety of accomplishments, one New York City student was crowned "Science Genius." The competition wasn't in a lab or a classroom -- it was on stage, in a Hip Hop battle.
School is out. Students in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, share their summer plans and talk about the bittersweet feeling that comes with the end of the school year. Plus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives his only commencement speech in the public schools this year.
By midday Wednesday the school year officially will be out for summer. And, while educators say each year has its highs and lows, many concede the 2012-2013 year was especially packed with challenges.
Nearly 200 high school grads received special recognition Monday night for overcoming exceptional adversity while completing high school, with plans to go to college. As one award recipient said: "If you’re struggling, be an active struggler; do everything you can to improve your situation."
June 21 is the last day of school for students at Sandy Hook Elementary. The year is finishing with four first-grade classes, down from five, after a gunman killed 20 students in December. One Sandy Hook family, whose daughter just finished first grade at the school, describes their recovery as taking "two steps forward and two steps back."
There was a subdued mood in Newtown, Conn. Friday, six months after six educators and 20 children were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Critics of Mayor Bloomberg's education policies are calling on the next mayor to put less reliance on standardized test scores. Five Democratic candidates have expressed support for the plan, which comes out less than a week ahead of when the teachers' union plans to endorse a candidate.
Children's advocates argue that cuts to after-school and childcare programs hurt not only the children they serve, but the city's working parents. They surveyed nearly 6,000 parents who said they rely on the programs to stay employed. The proposed cuts are part of budget talks underway between City Hall and the City Council.