The Department of Education has acknowledged that 49,000 new seats must be created throughout the city. (Photo via El Diario)

NYC Schools Severely Overcrowded

Brooklyn, Education, Queens November 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

A report reveals that more than 100,000 additional seats are needed, especially at schools in immigrant communities, El Diario reports.

(Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

A Home for Protests, Politics and South African Food

African, Brooklyn, Education, Food November 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Adding their voice to protests across South Africa against proposed tuition hikes at universities, nearly a hundred rallied in front of Madiba Restaurant in Fort Greene, with the support of its politically active owner, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Students stay after class to talk about school segregation (Photo by Monica Disare via Chalkbeat)

Exploring How to Desegregate One Bronx School

Bronx, Education November 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm

At a high school in the Bronx, students explore how to desegregate schools, including theirs, in an elective class, reports Chalkbeat.

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James is one of the plan's supporters. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario)

Council Members Push to Expand Dual-Language Education

Education, Government, New York October 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm

A group of City Council members is asking the Department of Education to expand foreign language instruction in public schools, El Diario reports.

Pianist Lang Lang (center in dark grey jacket) with students at PS 13 in Brooklyn (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Lang Lang Teaches Piano at P.S. 13

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Education, Youth October 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Chinese pianist Lang Lang visited PS 13 in Brooklyn, Sing Tao daily reports, as part of his foundation’s mission to educate and inspire a new generation of music lovers and performers.

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Education, Manhattan, North African October 9, 2015 at 7:57 pm

The partnership, which also involves the Organization Internationale de La Francophonie, will provide the New York French American Charter School with educational and financial support, reports Amsterdam News.

Edwardo Torres with his son Calvin, who goes to one of Success Academy’s charter schools. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Charter Schools Size Up Against the Mayor

Brooklyn, Education October 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

More than 10,000 people gathered to demand better facilities for charter schools from Mayor Bill de Blasio, El Diario reports.

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.