EDUCATION

Jun
23

Getting real-world experience: High schoolers design a ‘life skills’ lab for students with disabilities

A collaboration between two schools co-located in a midtown Manhattan campus has bridged both of their missions in the most fruitful way possible: a hands-on project giving their respective students real-world life skills. Students at Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction have donned the role of architects, designing a one-bedroom apartment for their “clients” […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Jun
14

Eric Adams’ literacy overhaul slashes number of NYC reading coaches while expanding to higher grade levels

Mayor Eric Adams has made improving reading instruction across the nation’s largest school system one of his major education goals. In doing so, he is disbanding a key literacy program launched under former Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to sources familiar with the policy shift, raising questions about the new administration’s strategy. After six years, […]

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Jun
14

“It’s Not Sustainable”: NYC Public School Administrators, Teachers Struggle With Staffing Shortages

Faced with high absentee rates among students and teachers, principals at public schools across New York City are scrambling to staff classes and keep their doors open. Depending on who you ask, the result is barely controlled chaos, or an exercise in creative problem solving during a crisis. Mark Cannizzaro, president of the Council of […]

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May
31

NYC schools to pilot Asian American studies curriculum

New York City is piloting a curriculum on Asian American history this fall, with a wider rollout planned for 2024, officials announced Thursday. The lessons are part of the city’s roughly $200 million investment in Universal Mosaic, a curriculum under development that aims to provide more culturally representative lessons for the nearly 1 million students […]

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May
31

Pennsylvania is increasingly underfunding special education, report finds

The state of Pennsylvania has paid a decreasing share over the last decade of what it costs to educate students in special education, putting a heavier burden on local districts to make up the difference, according to a new report. In the new analysis by the Education Law Center and the advocacy coalition PA Schools […]

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May
31

After Texas elementary school shooting, NYC officials ponder next steps

Safe corridors for children traveling to and from schools. New scanning devices to catch weapons before they are brought into classrooms. A public information campaign urging parents to keep an eye on their own children and whether they have guns.  Those were some of the suggestions floated Wednesday by New York City officials at a […]

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May
31

Teacher Shortage: More teachers are needed .. State Education Department aims to ease teacher certification requirements, as shortages continue

A major teacher shortage continues to plague New York state. Educators say the certification process is arduous and costly, causing some to walk away before leading their own classroom. Now, the state Department of Education is making new proposals to try and solve the problem. Among them: getting rid of a feared assessment.  Kevin Quinn […]

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May
23

New York to increase weekly instruction for medically fragile students

New York state officials will increase the number of hours students with medical conditions must receive after a flurry of questions from parents and school districts — but the mandate won’t take effect until the 2023-2024 school year. The changes affect students who, for medical reasons, won’t be in school for at least 10 days […]

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