Should schools pay students to get good grades? Should wealthy parents be allowed to donate money to improve the public schools their children attend? These are the types of questions that Harvard professor Michael Sandel asked of New York area educators at WNET’s Celebration of Teaching & Learning.
With over 1.1 million students and approximately 75,000 teachers, the New York City Department of Education is the largest school system in the country. What innovations are helping students maintain a competitive edge?
Among the 12 small high schools opening in New York City this fall, Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools are rising to the forefront in an effort to encourage students to enter STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Two of the CTE schools are the Academy for Software Engineering and the Union Square Academy for Health Sciences, both of […]
In charge of the country’s largest public school system, Dennis Walcott has helped avert over 4,100 teacher layoffs, handled the controversial release of teacher evaluations and more recently took a victory lap around his push to improve the city’s middle schools. MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman asked the chancellor about big issues facing the New York City school system and how the Education Department is preparing for the future.
On June 15, President Barack Obama announced a radical policy shift on immigration, which in many ways works around congressional resistance to the federal DREAM Act.
Giselle Peña, 18, was on track to join the 40 percent of New York City ninth graders who don’t graduate in four years. That was before she joined “GPS,” an in-school counseling program that targets students with high rates of absenteeism.
Author and youth advocate Wes Moore shares his own story of triumph and joins a panel of students to discuss factors contributing to their successes. What influences have shaped their lives and how can such influences be extended to their peers?