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Thursday, October 25, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
Eighth grade students hoping to get a coveted spot in a specialized high school take the admissions test starting this weekend. Students from the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx share their thoughts on preparing for the exam.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
There's a growing body of research that shows that what students do over the summer affects their academic careers -- and whether or not they will be likely to graduate and go on to college. And since lower-income students are more likely to lose academic skills than their peers from higher-income families, New York City has begun a pilot program to help keep these students on track during the summer months.
Monday, July 30, 2012
By Rev. Tim Jones : Parish priest for St Lawrence and St Hilda in York
A math teacher in a Bronx middle school-high school writes: "Getting 15 percent of a cohort from the South Bronx to pass the A.P. Calculus exam took me six years. The two techniques that I developed Year 1, partly out of necessity and weak classroom management, stayed with me: don't give kids boring problems, and do let them work together."
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Teachers training teachers is a common practice at Urban Assembly, a public school in the South Bronx. Teachers almost always complete tasks such as lesson planning and curriculum development collaboratively and under the guidance of “team leaders,” typically more experienced teachers who have previously taught the class they are team leading. A Columbia journalism student sits in.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Hundreds of middle school students will take part in a city-wide math competition on Saturday. They're competing for math glory, a golden Pi trophy and the chance to break open a six-foot tall Pi piñata.
Friday, April 06, 2012
By Eddie Small
In Eric Azcuy's art class at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the South Bronx, art projects are used to reinforce what the students are learning in other classes. Students at the 6-12 school have worked on projects that include painting a giant periodic table of the elements, creating a mural based on "The Great Gatsby" and redesigning the Cup Noodles container.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
UPDATED | The small schools initiative that has been the hallmark of the Bloomberg administration's schools policy seems to be working, a new study has found. The study, which is being financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that students who attend public high schools that have about 100 students are more likely to graduate, and also to earn Regents diplomas.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
By Beth Fertig
A day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called on school districts to negotiate new teacher evaluations with their unions or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured a Bronx high school and said they were optimistic they can still strike a deal. But they said they are also pursuing a separate plan to close and reopen 33 failing schools.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
As expected, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released his proposed state budget on Tuesday, and over all it contained good news for public education: a 4 percent across-the-state increase in aid for schools. There's a catch: only districts that approve teacher evaluation systems will be eligible for the aid. “The equation is simple at the end of the day,” Mr. Cuomo said. “No evaluation, no money. Period.”
Monday, November 14, 2011
Parents will come to a parent-teacher meeting if they believe teachers have gone the extra mile for their children, a teacher says. At the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx, where teachers make home visits, about 90 percent of parents come to meetings.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Principals these days are expected to be a little bit of many different things: manager, educator, financial whiz, social worker, enforcer, data analyst, cheerleader and contortionist (figuratively, at least). They are the people with whom the buck stops. Fernanda Santos, who covers city schools for The Times, tagged along with a city school principal all day.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
By Tyson Evans
Every summer, teachers from the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx make home visits to incoming sixth graders -- a rare practice that was described in The Times's Metropolitan section on Sunday. Stephen Slater was one of those teachers. Here is his journal about the experience.