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Students Set Their Sights on a Specialized High School

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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.

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Using Summer to Narrow Achievement Gap

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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.

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Real-World Problems + Group Learning = A.P. Calculus Success

Monday, July 30, 2012

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."

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Sitting on the Other Side of the Desk

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.

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Students Compete for a Shot at the Golden Pi

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.

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The Art of Slipping in Some Learning

Friday, April 06, 2012

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.

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New Study Gives Small Schools Initiative a Thumbs Up

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.

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Bloomberg 'Optimistic' on Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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.

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Cuomo Puts Money Where His Mouth Is

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.”

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Want More Parents? Make Them Want to Come

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.

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4,177 Students and One Principal: A Day in the Life at Francis Lewis High School

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.

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At My Bronx School, 'We've Got 'Em All'

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

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.

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