Brooklyn Rebuild Immigrant Community and Knowledge (BRICK) has offered space but there is still no funding for a teacher. The women meet there to organize their next steps to obtain funding for the classes. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)

English Learners Speak Out to Get Classes Back

Brooklyn, Education, Social Services, Women September 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

A group of immigrant women in Ditmas Park who had attended local English classes together are now getting an education in advocacy instead, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Bilingual teacher Elizabeth Cząstkiewicz conducts classes in Polish to kindergarten children at P.S. 34 in Greenpoint. (Photo by Andrzej Cierkosz/Dobra Polska Szkola via Nowy Dziennik)

Greenpoint School First to Launch Polish Dual Language Program

Eastern European, Education September 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm

The city’s first Polish dual language program starts at Greenpoint’s P.S. 34 where 60 percent of the students come from Polish immigrant families, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Dean Tuvia Tatik (Photo by Martyna Starosta via The Jewish Daily Forward)

An Orthodox Jewish Dean in the South Bronx

Bronx, Education, Jewish September 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm

At Jordan L. Mott Middle School in the South Bronx, Tuvia Tatik is at the helm of disciplinary matters, a position the Chabad Hasid didn’t always envision, finds The Jewish Daily Forward.

Campaign Will Push To Make CUNY Tuition-Free

Campaign Will Push To Make CUNY Tuition-Free

Education, New York September 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Several unions and community organizations are advocating to make CUNY tuition-free again, El Diario reports.

New Programs at Korean Language Schools

New Programs at Korean Language Schools

East Asian, Education, New York September 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

The students are getting younger and younger at Korean language schools in the New York metropolitan area, The Korea Times reports.

Schools Chancellor Carmen  Fariña (Photo by Patrick Wall via Chalkbeat)

Pay Raises for Teacher-Leaders at ‘Renewal’ Schools

Education August 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Low-scoring “Renewal” schools in the city are offering raises to some teachers to become leaders in helping to improve the schools, reports Chalkbeat.

Flanbwayan founder and director Darnell Benoit and student member Pavarotti Absalon (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

Helping Young Haitian Immigrants

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Education, Featured Posts, Immigration, Video August 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

For the past decade, the Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project in Brooklyn has been helping Haitian youth new to NYC to adjust to new schools and a new life.

Recent immigrant high schoolers often find it hard to be admitted by a college they like due a lack of English proficiency. (Photo by Peter Chu via World Journal)

Chinese High Schoolers Try to Delay Graduation

East Asian, Education, Immigration, Queens August 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Some Chinese students at John Bowne High School in Flushing want to repeat a grade or even go into a lower grade in order to improve their English and increase their chances of attending a good college, finds World Journal.

Adela Esiquio, with her children Ester del Carmen and Jesus Granados, at El Centro del Inmigrante on Staten Island. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Indigenous Immigrants in NYC Face Language Barriers

Education, Immigration, New York, Politics August 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

Indigenous communities from Latin America, who do not speak English or Spanish, call for more representation in state and city agencies, El Diario reports.

Joseph Feingold (Image taken from the fundraising trailer)

Bronx Teen Plays Violin of Holocaust Survivor

Bronx, Education, Jewish July 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

The documentary “Joe’s Violin,” reports The Jewish Daily Forward, chronicles the story of a violin picked up in Germany by Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold and in his possession for seven decades before going into the hands of a 13-year-old violinist in the Bronx.

Elodie Oriental, 15, (left), and her twin sister, Ismaelle, do homework after school at Brooklyn Generation School. (Photo by Stephanie Snyder via Chalkbeat)

Behind the Scenes at a ‘Renewal’ School

Brooklyn, Education, Youth July 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Chalkbeat offers a three-part multimedia series on Brooklyn Generation School, one of the 94 schools in the city’s “school renewal” program which gives the schools three years to turn their results around, or be restructured or closed.

Shinnecock native Matauqus Tarrant leads Ross School students in a dance during the Shinnecock Green Corn Festival that was held on the grounds of the Ross Lower School on Wednesday, 6/17/15

Learning the Ways of the Shinnecock Nation

Culture, Education, Long Island, Native American July 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Members of the Shinnecock Nation on Long Island guided students in learning about Native American culture, The Sag Harbor Express reports.

Kindershule (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Learning Yiddish After School

Brooklyn, Education, Jewish July 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward attends a class of a program that’s “something of a unicorn” – Kindershule, an after-school program in which secular Jewish children learn Yiddish, and Jewish history and culture through songs and stories.

Jehad Abu Saleem (left) and Mariam Abuamer (Photos by Lena Masri for Voices of NY)

‘In Gaza There are Missiles and Here There are Tourists’

Two Palestinians from Gaza, now in New York City, reflect on the Gaza war on its one-year anniversary.

Children will get to celebrate the Lunar New Year without having to miss school. (Photo by Fenix_21, Creative Commons license)

Finally, Lunar New Year Is on the School Calendar

Asian, Education, New York, Traditions June 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Asian communities in the city chalked up a victory June 23 when Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that the Lunar New Year would go on the school calendar as a holiday. Sing Tao Daily reports on the community’s reaction.