Posts Tagged ‘education’

Restoring Parent Trust in Harlem’s Beleaguered Public Schools | Center For New York City Affairs

Restoring Parent Trust in Harlem’s Beleaguered Public Schools | Center For New York City Affairs

By Clara Hemphill and Ana Carla Sant’anna Costa Stand on the corner of 116th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem early on a school day morning, and you’ll see a steady stream of children leaving the neighborhood by bus and subway. Some parents call this daily exodus the “Harlem diaspora.” They may live in the […]


With Legal Aid, Immigrant Advocates Turn Focus to Citizenship | NY Times

With Legal Aid, Immigrant Advocates Turn Focus to Citizenship | NY Times

By LIZ ROBBINS This election season, Sandra Ocampo is running her own campaign. Last week, Ms. Ocampo, 21, who immigrated from Nicaragua to Yonkers five years ago, showed up at a citizenship drive sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights in Inwood. After having her photo taken at a nearby travel agency, Ms. […]


Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers | NY Times

Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers | NY Times

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS On one of the first days of class at Dos Puentes Elementary School in Upper Manhattan last month, a new student named Michelle peered up through pale blue glasses and took a deep breath. “Can I drink water?” Michelle, 6, said. “Diga en Español,” her first-grade teacher, Rebeca Madrigal, answered. Michelle […]


From an ‘Undocumented’ Boyhood to a Doctorate | NY Times

From an ‘Undocumented’ Boyhood to a Doctorate | NY Times

By LIZ ROBBINS As Dan-el Padilla Peralta toggled fluidly between worlds for much of his life — ancient and modern, poor and privileged, Dominican and American — there were times when he managed to forget he was a child without a country. He found refuge in New York’s libraries, the Greek and Latin texts speaking […]


Columbia University’s football players clean Uptown parks, read to youngsters | NY Daily News

Columbia University’s football players clean Uptown parks, read to youngsters | NY Daily News

BY Jan Ransom | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS These Lions are learning how to be team players off the gridiron, too. And in this game, everybody wins. Columbia University’s freshmen football players have ventured beyond the school’s gates this summer, cleaning uptown parks and gardens and reading to youngsters in Inwood as part of the […]


From The Heights to Harvard | Manhattan Times

From The Heights to Harvard | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen When classes start at Harvard University this fall, among the new men on campus will be one of Washington Heights’ own. Christian McArthur, an area resident and high school senior who graduates in late June, was recently admitted to the prestigious university in Cambridge, MA. An academic standout, McArthur also gained […]


Parents at PS 48 in Washington Heights are demanding that rat-infested trailers used for kindergarten classrooms be removed | NY Daily News

Parents at PS 48 in Washington Heights are demanding that rat-infested trailers used for kindergarten classrooms be removed | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Parents of students squeezed into three rat-infested “temporary” trailers for more than 10 years called for the Department of Education to remove the eyesores Tuesday. As many as 50 kindergartners at a time have been crammed into the Temporary Classroom Units since 2003 while officials at Public […]


Postmarked for success | Manhattan Times News

Postmarked for success | Manhattan Times News

Story and photos by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer The WHEELS were turning – and they would not be deterred. This past Fri., Dec. 13th, the students of the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) marched out on the street, yelling and screaming. But there was no protest to be heard. Instead, the noise was an expression […]


Fired Washington Hts. Dominos workers to be reinstated after walkout, sez Attorney General | NY Daily News

Fired Washington Hts. Dominos workers to be reinstated after walkout, sez Attorney General | NY Daily News

By Jan Ransom / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Victory is theirs. With extra cheese. More than two dozen deliverymen who were fired from a Washington Heights Dominos over the weekend — after participating in a rally for higher pay — got their jobs back Thursday, thanks to N.Y. Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman. “New York’s labor laws […]


Elected Officials Join Outraged Community Members In Supporting Unjustly Terminated Domino’s Workers

Elected Officials Join Outraged Community Members In Supporting Unjustly Terminated Domino’s Workers

On Monday, December 9th, 2013, Northern Manhattan elected officials stood side by side at a candlelight vigil with community leaders, activists and more to support 24 workers fired from Domino’s Pizza for speaking out against unfair labor practices. NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and NYC Council Member-Elect […]


An Art Teacher Preserves the History of Harlem, While Creating Her Own Legacy | NY Times

An Art Teacher Preserves the History of Harlem, While Creating Her Own Legacy | NY Times

By SANDRA E. GARCIA She was only 6 years old and a first grader at a Catholic school in Harlem. But stepping into an art class at St. Aloysius taught by Alice Mizrachi steered Chayse Sheppard’s life at a young age in ways she did not fully appreciate until she was older. “Ms. Mizrachi made […]


The Future Project Update: The Dream Convention & Homecoming Week

The Future Project Update: The Dream Convention & Homecoming Week

The College Academy Dream Team over the last two weeks went through a two week bootcamp in preparation for the first ever Dream Convention. The convention took place on October 26th at NYU. The Dream Team is a group of 20 students asked to transform the culture of the school. The Dream Director for TCA, […]


The Future Project: Creating Dreamers Uptown

The Future Project: Creating Dreamers Uptown

Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy) On September 13th and 20th, Led Black from the Uptown Collective came to address the 5th period Future Project class at The College Academy, which is housed in the George Washington High School complex (549 Audubon Ave). The Future Project is an educational non-profit focused on putting Dream […]


Upper Manhattan Parents Debate De-zoning Again | SchoolBook

Upper Manhattan Parents Debate De-zoning Again | SchoolBook

By Beth Fertig and Jeannie Choi The prospect of doing away with local school boundaries continues to be a divisive issue among parents in Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights. This week, the Department of Education held community hearings to explore the topic again. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, dozens of residents gathered outside the DOE’s headquarters with […]


Junot Diaz Talks Citizenship, Education & Immigration On The Colbert Report

Junot Diaz Talks Citizenship, Education & Immigration On The Colbert Report


Inwood Principal Uses Art and Music to Inspire Students | DNAinfo

Inwood Principal Uses Art and Music to Inspire Students | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer INWOOD — When Maureen Guido was offered the chance to open a new elementary school in Inwood nine years ago, the Brooklyn native knew which principles would guide her. First, the mother of three wanted to make sure that she offered her students an education that was as good or […]


Washington Heights School is Saved From Closure | DNAinfo

Washington Heights School is Saved From Closure | DNAinfo

By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer A popular Washington Heights school placed on the chopping block by the city’s Education Department has been spared from closing. Dozens of parents and advocates rallied outside of P.S. 132 Juan Pablo Duarte on Wadsworth Avenue Friday morning, shouting “Sí se puede” less than a month after they called on […]


Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School now has room for students to excel | NY Daily News

Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School now has room for students to excel | NY Daily News

By Michael J. Feeney / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS College planning has always been the main focus at this Washington Heights high school, but for years the students had no place to do it. In the past, students at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School were forced to meet their college counselors in the corridors. Other […]


Ydanis Speaks: Parents Are the Cornerstones of a Child’s Education

Ydanis Speaks: Parents Are the Cornerstones of a Child's Education

If you are a parent with a child in a district 6 elementary or middle school, you are likely already aware of the recent conversation around eliminating zones for schools so that children are no longer guaranteed slots in their local school. Needless to say, this proposal created an uproar from parents, some for and […]


In the Heights, a Taste of Ethiopia

In the Heights, a Taste of Ethiopia

Story & photos by Angela Bao Bei Bei (@AngelaBaoBeiBei) On a recent Saturday afternoon, the late-autumn sunshine heated this changing neighborhood along the Hudson River. The air just off 187th Street smelled of autumn leaves, damp earth and bus exhaust. But whenever the door to the new café swung open – and it opened often […]


Child Care? Check the Waitlist First…

Child Care? Check the Waitlist First...

Story & photos by Angela Bao Bei Bei (@AngelaBaoBeiBei) Washington Heights – Rachel Torres finally started preschool this September after a one-year wait for a spot in a subsidized center, the only option her family can afford. Her parents, a 27-year-old food delivery man and his girlfriend, applied to the city’s Administration for Children’s Services […]


Ydanis Speaks: Why Your Vote Matters

Ydanis Speaks: Why Your Vote Matters

Many of you may have seen a similar post on my Facebook page last Friday, this is an updated and revised post with several additions, please enjoy and engage in conversation… Recently, I had the honor of speaking at the College of Staten Island to students and faculty that take part in the Black Male […]


An Experiment in Storefront Science Education | MetroFocus: THIRTEEN

An Experiment in Storefront Science Education | MetroFocus: THIRTEEN

BY Lindsay Armstrong It is difficult for people to walk past Storefront Science in Washington Heights without stopping to stare. Tucked between a beauty salon and a Dunkin’ Donuts, the front window of Storefront Science is filled with specimens – a sea snail, a frog, a baby chick – all carefully preserved in glass jars. […]


CUNY in the Heights Has A State of the Art New Home

CUNY in the Heights Has A State of the Art New Home

This past Saturday, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, NYS Assembly Woman Elect Gabriela Rosa and CUNY celebrated the opening of the brand new, state of the art building, set to house the CUNY in the Heights program. This program is a resource for students looking to continue their education, acquire professional […]

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