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College STEM Students Offer Hands-On Mentoring

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

College students from the New York Institute of Technology volunteered at a Harlem elementary school this fall as a kind of in-house tech squad, and resident experts for science classes.

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Schoolbook

College Process is Brand New for Some Seniors

Monday, December 10, 2012

Rainiel Baez moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic for his senior year of high school. In our ongoing series on the college application process, he shares this postcard on what it's like to navigate so many new things at once.

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Schoolbook

How to Talk About Sandy in Your Essay

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some high school seniors had their college applications delayed by Sandy, and may be writing about the experience. What real-life events were in your essay? Hear the conversation on The Brian Lehrer Show. Plus, Don Fraser, from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers suggestions on how to best address the storm's impact in an essay.

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WNYC News

Morning Headlines | Selected by the WNYC News Hub

Monday, December 10, 2012

WNYC's morning news producers bring you a rundown of today's must-read stories.

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Schoolbook

High School Applications Deadline is Here

Monday, December 10, 2012

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.

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Radio Rookies

My Education, Uninterrupted

Monday, December 10, 2012

In New York City the high school graduation rate for black males was 28 percent in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown is a young black man living in Harlem and being raised by a single mom.

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Schoolbook

Don't Succumb to Application Pressure

Sunday, December 09, 2012

In the next installment of a SchoolBook series on the college application process from the perspective of high school seniors, one applicant argues that colleges are doing themselves a disservice with the college essay. By asking 17- and 18-year olds to write about profound subjects, he says, colleges are inviting students to misrepresent themselves

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It's A Free Country ®

Fiscal Cliff Cuts Would be Deepest for New York's Disadvantaged

Thursday, December 06, 2012

New York stands to take a $600 million hit in 2013 if Congress fails to avert automatic spending cuts slated for January, which would fall disproportionately on poor and middle-income New Yorkers, according to a new study. 

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Schoolbook

Timing is Key With College Applications

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In the first of an occasional series, SchoolBook features an interview with two high school seniors on the college application process. Hear how one chose the early action route and the other, well, she is scrambling to get her applications submitted in time.

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Schoolbook

Student Provides Personal Take on Climate Change

Thursday, December 06, 2012

A student leader from Long Island City High School spoke to an international audience at a climate change conference in the aftermath of Sandy.

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Schoolbook

Walcott: No Deal Would Mean School Cuts

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Wednesday that without a teacher evaluation agreement, which comes with an increase in state funding, there could be major cuts to New York City schools. But his laying out of grim consequences was met with a call to untie much needed education money from the deal, and politics, altogether.

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Schoolbook

No Value in Value Added

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Critics beat the drums against any kind of value-added metric in a final deal on teacher evaluations despite an assumption by both department officials and union leaders that some percentage of a teacher's performance review will be based on student test scores and other measurements.

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New Jersey News

Shifting NJ School Board Ballots to November Leaves Financing, Controversy Behind

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Moving New Jersey’s school board elections to November was expected to raise the stakes of these historically sleepy races, but at least in this first year, the money didn’t live up to expectations.

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The Takeaway

Young Latino Readers Search for Themselves in Books

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Latino students now make up almost 25 percent of the country's public school population. But despite their numbers, young Latino readers still aren't seeing themselves in the books they read while at school. It's an issue that Motoko Rich has written about. She reports on education for our partner, The New York Times.

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Schoolbook

UFT Presses for Answers on Mold Concerns

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A school damaged by Hurricane Sandy is open but parents and the teachers' union say they are concerned about lingering environmental issues, most notably mold. The D.O.E. counters that the air quality at the Belle Harbor elementary schools is "acceptable" although they promise to test the building again.

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Schoolbook

Probing Questions Inspire Award-Winning Teacher

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Naoual Eljastimi is the kind of chemistry teacher who assigns homework every day and yet receives impromptu hugs from students at Leon M. Goldstein High School. She is one of seven city teachers to receive this year's Sloan Awards for Excellence in Science and Math.

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Schoolbook

Saving Our Students from Ourselves

Friday, November 30, 2012

A science teacher at Victory Collegiate High School in Canarsie, Brooklyn says educators shouldn't assume that students will respond to the same teaching styles that worked for them when they were younger.

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Schoolbook

Deadline Fast Approaching on Teacher Evaluation Deal

Thursday, November 29, 2012

With $300 million in state funds on the line, the January deadline for reaching a teacher evaluation agreement in New York City looms large. The United Federation of Teachers and education officials agreed to a framework long ago. Now it's down to the excruciating details of how to make it work.

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Schoolbook

Writer of Common Core: Fiction Remains Critical

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The president of the College Board defends the role of non-fiction reading in Common Core curricula in an in-depth conversation with radio host Kurt Andersen. He insists fiction will not get short shrift under the new guidelines.

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New Jersey News

Renaissance Schools Get Board’s Go-Ahead in Camden

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A proposal to build up to five new “renaissance schools” in Camden under the fledgling Urban Hope Act passed a key hurdle early yesterday morning as the Camden school board gave the go-ahead to the controversial plan.

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