Education

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Spanish Exam Added as Regents Option

Education, New York March 29, 2018 at 5:05 pm

In June, NYC students will be able to take a Spanish exam as part of their Regents requirements. Could it help English language learners? Chalkbeat takes a look.

Assembly member Jo Anne Simon and Council member Brad Lander call on LPC to landmark 238 and 236 President St. (right building). (Photo by Pamela Wong via Bklyner)

A Call to Protect Historic Carroll Gardens Kindergarten

Brooklyn, Education, History, Latino, Religion March 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Brooklyn media outlets cover local efforts to save two buildings in Carroll Gardens, one of which served as the borough’s first public kindergarten and later its first Spanish-speaking parish.

‘Saturday Chinese’ in Chinatown

‘Saturday Chinese’ in Chinatown

Culture, East Asian, Education, Manhattan, Video, Youth March 26, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Get a glimpse inside a Chinese language school for children in Chinatown through a series produced by SinoVision.

P.S. 15 Roberto Clemente is one of the District 1 schools that met enrollment targets under a new diversity plan. (Photo by Christine Veiga via Chalkbeat)

Initial Progress on NYC Schools Diversity Plan?

Education, Manhattan March 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Chalkbeat reports on early indications that a school diversity plan for NYC’s District 1 is working.

Parents from M.S. 325 at the PEP meeting on February 28 where the decision on the school closing was made. (Photo by Nancy Rodriguez-Delgado via Bronx Times)

Bronx School Closing – Too Few ESL Teachers?

Bronx, Education March 19, 2018 at 12:11 pm

The president of the Parent Association at M.S. 325 says the school does not have enough resources to serve its large number of English language learners, report Bronx Times and Amsterdam News.

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Cornegy Questions Motives of AQE

Black, Brooklyn, Education March 16, 2018 at 6:03 pm

City Council member Robert Cornegy, along with a Black ministers organization, voiced his concerns about the Alliance for Quality Education, which “purports to speak on behalf of black and brown students,” writes Kings County Politics.

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A W.E.B. DuBois High School Name Change?

African American, Brooklyn, Education March 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm

The NYC Department of Education has once again reconsidered its plans for W.E.B. DuBois High School in Crown Heights, reports Kings County Politics.

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Documentary Captures Lives of Chinese International Students

Culture, East Asian, Education, Youth March 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Ahead of the release of “Maineland,” a documentary that follows Chinese students at a boarding school in Maine, director Miao Wang speaks to World Journal about her own experience as a teenage student from China.

A visual from Storychatter. (Facebook image via News India Times)

Indian Mythology, via Animated Videos

Education, Metro Area, South Asian, Traditions, Youth February 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Two New Jersey siblings started Storychatter to convey Indian mythology to Indian-American children, reports News India Times.

Bronx High School of Science (Photo by Dave Winer, Creative commons license)

Making Specialized High Schools More Diverse

African American, Black, Education, Latino, Youth February 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Amsterdam News takes a look at the underrepresentation of Black and Hispanics at the city’s specialized high schools.

The Principal of P.S.71 Indiana Soto (first from left) informed the interested parents about the requirements involved in launching the Dual Polish Language Program. From left: Andrzej Cierkosz, president of the Dobra Polska Szkola Foundation and teachers: Barbara Falkowska and Michelle Rafalko. (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

First Steps to a Polish Language Program in Ridgewood

Eastern European, Education, Queens February 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Parents in Ridgewood are hopeful that P.S. 71 will soon have the city’s second Polish Dual Language Program, reports Nowy Dziennik.

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Education Group Criticizes Black History Bill

African American, Education, New York February 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm

An education advocacy organization has voiced its opposition to a bill that would incorporate Black history into the city’s school curriculum but, as Kings County Politics finds, the group’s criticism goes beyond just the bill.

W.E.B DuBois High School at 402 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights Screen shot via Google Maps)

Officials Ask for Delay on W.E.B. DuBois High School Vote

African American, Brooklyn, Education January 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Central Brooklyn officials asked Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to postpone a vote on closing W.E.B. DuBois High School, located in rapidly gentrifying Crown Heights, reports Kings County Politics.

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More Teacher Diversity Needed

Education, New York January 8, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Teaching staff in New York City schools is not nearly as diverse as the student body, reports Chalkbeat.

An Orthodox man works at a computer station at Medgar Evers’ library, where a bust of rapper Biggie Smalls sits prominently in the center. (Photo by Amy Sara Clark via The Jewish Week)

Jewish Students ‘Find an Unexpected Home’ at Medgar Evers

Black, Brooklyn, Education, Jewish January 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm

A small but growing number of Jewish students in Crown Heights are enrolling at Medgar Evers College following efforts by the school to boost enrollment and diversity, reports The Jewish Week.