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Schoolbook

NYC Admits it Needs to Keep Tabs on School Counselors

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's no secret that high school guidance counselors are overburdened, but a City Council bill seeks the raw data to prove it.
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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Brooklyn Guidance Counsellor on Getting Students Into College and Out of Poverty

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. He’s joined by two former students, Aicha Diallo and Nkese Rankine. Steckel tells their stories in his book Hold Fast to Dream: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty, about their challenges navigating the landscape of college in America.

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Schoolbook

On Discipline Students Seek More Middle Ground

Friday, June 07, 2013

WNYC

Advocates and students want to require restorative approaches to discipline first, before a school is able to suspend a student. They also say students should no longer be suspended under broad terms like "defying authority," or for minor offenses such as writing graffiti.

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Schoolbook

School Discipline Under Review

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

WNYC

School suspensions in New York City are on the decline, a new trend. But many critics say the numbers are still too high at a time when the thinking around school discipline has evolved. They say that suspensions fail to solve the behavior problem in the first place, since there's very little opportunity for the school and the student’s family to work together. We get a glimpse of this communication divide through the story of one Queens family.

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Schoolbook

First, Drop the Word 'Guidance' from Counselors' Titles

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

School counselors are key to helping students with issues such as time management, college preparation, and emotional well being. But, a CUNY educator said, New York City schools are way behind other school districts when it comes to effective counseling.

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Schoolbook

Tackling the Harder Climb to Higher Education

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The same day the city unveiled a web-based college assistance site, two experts on access to higher education explore some of the issues low-income and first-generation college students face. It's one thing to get into college; it's another to pay for it or make it to graduation.

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Schoolbook

Ready to Press "Submit" on Application

Thursday, December 13, 2012

In our occasional series on the college application process, from the perspective of high school seniors, we hear from a Brooklyn student who struggled with the process largely on her own but gained some satisfaction from the independence.

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Schoolbook

Families That Most Need Guidance Counselors' Help Don't Always Get It

Friday, November 18, 2011

Public middle schools in New York City can decide for themselves how much guidance to provide eighth graders about the high school choice process, so many parents, especially those without the means to hire someone, are often left adrift to make decisions that will be consequential for their children.

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