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Radio Rookies

Eyes Off the Goal: When Sports Rule and School Suffers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WNYC
Fresh grass. Freedom. Success. That was the sensation Edward Munoz experienced every time he walked onto a soccer field. But in school, he felt like he wasn’t meant to be there.

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The Takeaway

The Final Push to Graduation

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.

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Radio Rookies

Radio Rookies Surprises Danielle With A Graduation Ceremony at WNYC

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Radio Rookies hosted a surprise "graduation" ceremony for 2014 high school graduate Danielle Motindabeka at WNYC. Current and past Radio Rookies from as far back as 2004 came to celebrate along with New York Public Radio staff. 

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Schoolbook

The High School Finale: Graduation Day

Friday, June 27, 2014

On Thursday, 46 students from West Brooklyn Community High School graduated from high school. As Principal Gloria Rosario said: "Some students just need a push through the graduation door."

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Radio Rookies

Radio Rookie Danielle Finds Out Her Regents Exam Results

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WNYC

Radio Rookie Danielle Motindabeka reported this week that she was taking the US History Regents exam for the fourth and final time. It's the one thing standing in the way of her getting her high school diploma. Danielle went to find out her results.

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Schoolbook

Determined to Graduate: 'You’re Going to See Me on That Stage'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It was a battle to the end for Paula Dinh. After years of skipping class and other bad habits, followed by a big push to change her ways, Paula finds out if she finally earned a high school diploma. 

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Radio Rookies

NYC Student Tackles the Last Test Standing Between Her and a High School Diploma

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WNYC

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States - she has learned English, made a home here and is trying very hard to graduate high school. And the last test she needs is one she's failed three times already.

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Schoolbook

School Counselor Relies on Message That Worked for Him

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A counselor for high school students with attendance issues says he hammers his message home, again and again: "This is something you can change. So get on your grind and go hard. You’re here for a second chance."

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Radio Rookies

Father's Day from Radio Rookies: Trying to Do it Right and Not Repeat a Father's Mistakes

Friday, June 13, 2014

When people think about teen parents, they usually picture a young mom. But what about the dads?

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Schoolbook

Tackling the High School Dropout Crisis, One Smoke Break at a Time

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Cigarettes. Long showers. Deli runs. Teens can come up with a lot of reasons why they can't make it to class. At this Brooklyn high school, the staff is on the move, making sure the students stay—and graduate.

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Schoolbook

How Principal Turnover Affects High School Graduation Rates

Monday, June 02, 2014

Does stability in school leadership lead to higher graduation rates? For students at New York City public high schools that may the case, according to a WNYC/SchoolBook analysis of city data.

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Schoolbook

Cell Phones in Schools: Lessons from the Front Line

Monday, May 19, 2014

New York City school kids aren't allowed to bring their phones to class. But at one Brooklyn high school, teachers are playing by their own rules.

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Schoolbook

How One Student Who 'Hates School' Finds Her Path to Graduation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.

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Schoolbook

How a Brooklyn School Steers Teens from Absent to Graduate

Friday, March 21, 2014

High school students who are chronically absent can get another chance. WNYC's The Takeaway explores how intensive social-emotional supports at one NYC high school pay off for many students who might otherwise drop out.

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Schoolbook

Opinion: No Sympathy Needed. My School is One of the Good Ones

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WNYC

"Just because our students are older and have dropped or transferred out of traditional schools does not mean they are inherently difficult," wrote a teacher. "At least not more than any other adolescent."

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Schoolbook

How Paid Work Keeps Students in School

Monday, March 03, 2014

It may be walking the beat as a auxiliary police officer, or working at a car dealership. Some students find working in "real" jobs that interest them, and getting paid, makes high school worthwhile.

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Schoolbook

Tougher Regents Squeeze Students Struggling to Graduate

Friday, January 31, 2014

Many students at West Brooklyn High School take the Regents exams multiple times. And there are more than a few who come to school solely to prep for the tests. The higher score requirement increases the pressure on students already facing an uphill battle to graduate.

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Radio Rookies

Education Motivation

Monday, January 27, 2014

Imagine: a high school where students are on a first-name basis with their principal and teachers, have personal advocate counselors, and where a failing grade doesn’t mean trouble, but an offer of help. West Brooklyn Community High School is that kind of school. Opened in 2006, West Brooklyn is designed to give students a second-chance at earning lost credits and graduating. In this report, two students—Eddie Munoz and Jairo Gomez—tell the story of how they fell dangerously behind at their previous schools and got back on track at West Brooklyn. (Watch it here)

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Schoolbook

Linking School to 'College and Career' Motivates At-Risk Students

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A high school diploma is only the beginning of what my students need to secure a better future. As the principal of a transfer high school, I am a strong believer in job training and college experience for my kids while they are still in high school.

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Schoolbook

The West Brooklyn Way: Getting In is Just the Beginning

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

To enroll at West Brooklyn Community High School, students must buy in to a certain level of support and counseling. In exchange, the school promises to keep them on track to graduate, no small feat for those who have struggled in at least one high school before this one.

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