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Meet the Teachers Crazy Enough to Teach Middle School

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sure, teacher turnover is higher in New York City middle schools than at elementary or high schools. But for those who stick around there's the potential for a very big payoff.
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Middle School: A 'Hot Mess' of Distractions

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Seventh graders make for curious but easily distracted students. Our Being 12 series looks at the crucial age where teachers and hormones battle for kids’ attention.
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12 Things to Know About 'Being 12' in New York City

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WNYC
Why does 12 matter? Because that kid you saw on the street or subway is going through major physical and psychological changes, buys a lot and represents the changing face of America. 
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Teachers Take Student Data to the Micro-Level in One NYC School

Monday, December 08, 2014

The city cites this school as a model to follow but visiting educators wonder whether their teachers really would learn the data systems and log the hours that these teachers do. 
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Report: NYC Offers Too Little Too Late for Over-Age Middle School Students

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A quarter of New York City middle school students have been held back at least once. Advocates say the city needs to do more to prevent them from dropping out of school altogether.
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On Turning Around a Troubled School: 'Make Kids Feel Special'

Monday, August 25, 2014

WNYC
Shawn Rux took over as principal of M.S. 53 in Far Rockaway in 2011 after it was rated one of the most dangerous schools in the city. Now, he's still working to turn it around.
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Fatal Stabbing Highlights Persistent Problems at Bronx Middle School

Monday, July 14, 2014

But the problems at Intermediate School 117, where a student allegedly killed a classmate in June, aren't that different from those of any other struggling school in a tough neighborhood.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

James Patterson on Middle School and Publishing

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

James Patterson, best-selling author and "book activist," just offered all NYC public school 6th graders a free copy of his book, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. He talks about his role as an advocate for books, bookstores...and the publishing business in Hachette's battle with Amazon.... What book would you like to share with every 6th grader?

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Long Awaited School Coming to Upper West Side

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Community members who pushed for a new school in one of Manhattan's fast-growing neighborhood got good news: a combined middle and high school that gives priority to neighborhood families will open in 2015.

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Arts Groups Scramble to Join After-School Expansion

Monday, May 05, 2014

The city has sweetened the pot for programs that include arts partners in their plans to expand, setting off a matchmaking flurry among after-school groups.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Else Is In The Budget?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mayor de Blasio is taking a victory lap for securing universal pre-k funding, but some progressives are calling this Cuomo's "Wall Street" budget. Here's a breakdown of the fine print from Albany.

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Mayor Highlights After-School Piece of Tax Plan

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Much of Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign for a tax increase has focused on his plan to expand access to pre-kindergarten. In shifting gears to talk about middle school students, he appears to be broadening his approach.

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Middle School Deadline is Here

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What's the best fit for your fifth grader next year?

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DOE Abandons Plan for Queens G&T Program

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WNYC

Education officials are no longer pursuing a plan to change a middle school program for gifted and talented students at P.S. 122 in Queens. The reversal comes after District 30 parents of both G&T; and general education students fought the proposal.

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Competition Underway for Best Math Apps

Monday, January 07, 2013

The city has launched a challenge to its high-tech sector: help develop programs that engage middle schoolers in math lessons. The competition runs through April; it's being done in coordination with the iZone program.

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In Praise of Paraprofessionals

Monday, July 09, 2012

A Bronx middle-school teacher writes: "Because of their impermanence, people often think of paraprofessionals as replaceable -- one may be substituted for another from day to day. But at graduation this year, Ms. Javier sat on the stage and cried while she watched the students that she had helped get there. “Do you think next year I will have a student like Allie?” she asked me, mourning the loss of one. To the students, she was not replaceable -- and certainly not to me."

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In Student Awards Season, Thinking About the Ones We Don't Give

Monday, June 25, 2012

A middle school teacher in the Bronx writes: What about the awards we don't hand out to students? "How about an award for my student who isn’t the best or the fastest, but who always helps her peers, and is kind when they don’t understand something? Or for the student who brightens everyone’s days with his sense of humor, and his perfect comedic timing in a tense moment? Where do I find the award for the child who has overcome the most this year -- who has been heroic in his or her personal survival?"

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A Swimming Opportunity for Second-Grade Students

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

About 10 percent of second-grade students in the city are learning to swim because of a program developed by Adrian Benepe, the city parks commissioner, who was convinced that many drownings of city residents could be avoided. And what's the best way to configure middle school for children between the ages of 10 and 13? Those are some of the stories in news on this Wednesday.

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The Student Who Made Me a Better Teacher

Monday, May 14, 2012

Laura Klein, a middle school teacher and blogger, writes: "Perhaps all teachers have one student for whom they are teaching. Sedina was that student for me. Even now, when I am no longer her teacher, she’s still the one."

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Using Business to Help At-Risk Middle Schoolers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Educators know many kids lose interest in school in the middle years when the work gets tougher and distractions increase. WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports on how one group is trying to keep middle school students' attention with business mentors.

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