Schools Chancellor Carmen  Fariña (Photo by Patrick Wall via Chalkbeat)

Pay Raises for Teacher-Leaders at ‘Renewal’ Schools

Education, New York 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.

Adela Esiquio, with her children Ester del Carmen and Jesus Granados, at El Centro del Inmigrante on Staten Island. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Indigenous Immigrants in NYC Face Language Barriers

Education, Immigration, New York, Politics August 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

Indigenous communities from Latin America, who do not speak English or Spanish, call for more representation in state and city agencies, El Diario reports.

Joseph Feingold (Image taken from the fundraising trailer)

Bronx Teen Plays Violin of Holocaust Survivor

Bronx, Education, Jewish July 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

The documentary “Joe’s Violin,” reports The Jewish Daily Forward, chronicles the story of a violin picked up in Germany by Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold and in his possession for seven decades before going into the hands of a 13-year-old violinist in the Bronx.

Elodie Oriental, 15, (left), and her twin sister, Ismaelle, do homework after school at Brooklyn Generation School. (Photo by Stephanie Snyder via Chalkbeat)

Behind the Scenes at a ‘Renewal’ School

Brooklyn, Education, Youth July 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Chalkbeat offers a three-part multimedia series on Brooklyn Generation School, one of the 94 schools in the city’s “school renewal” program which gives the schools three years to turn their results around, or be restructured or closed.

Shinnecock native Matauqus Tarrant leads Ross School students in a dance during the Shinnecock Green Corn Festival that was held on the grounds of the Ross Lower School on Wednesday, 6/17/15

Learning the Ways of the Shinnecock Nation

Culture, Education, Long Island, Native American July 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Members of the Shinnecock Nation on Long Island guided students in learning about Native American culture, The Sag Harbor Express reports.

Kindershule (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Learning Yiddish After School

Brooklyn, Education, Jewish July 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward attends a class of a program that’s “something of a unicorn” – Kindershule, an after-school program in which secular Jewish children learn Yiddish, and Jewish history and culture through songs and stories.

Jehad Abu Saleem (left) and Mariam Abuamer (Photos by Lena Masri for Voices of NY)

‘In Gaza There are Missiles and Here There are Tourists’

Two Palestinians from Gaza, now in New York City, reflect on the Gaza war on its one-year anniversary.

Children will get to celebrate the Lunar New Year without having to miss school. (Photo by Fenix_21, Creative Commons license)

Finally, Lunar New Year Is on the School Calendar

Asian, Education, New York, Traditions June 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Asian communities in the city chalked up a victory June 23 when Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that the Lunar New Year would go on the school calendar as a holiday. Sing Tao Daily reports on the community’s reaction.

Using Hip Hop to Help Kids Get Healthy

Using Hip Hop to Help Kids Get Healthy

Education, Health June 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Neurologist Olajide Williams turned to the beats and lyrics of hip hop artists to convey important messages to kids about how to be healthy; the program is now used across the country and overseas.

Gulshan Chowdhury, Bangladeshi parent with Sapna NYC, says she did not know her son’s school offered translation and language services. (Photo by Aaron Montes for Voices of NY)

Parents Still Suffer Limited Access to Language Services

Access to translation and interpretation services continues to be a problem for non-English speaking parents in NYC, according to a new report from the New York Immigration Coalition.

More than 300 students of English-language programs protested on Tuesday at the City Hall stairs. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario)

English Students Protest Adult Education Cuts

Education, Government, Immigration, New York June 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Hundreds of students demanded that the mayor and the City Council restore funds for adult language learning programs, El Diario reports.

(Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times – find more there)

Community Rallies Behind Harlem Day Care Center

Education, Manhattan June 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Supporters of the Nasry Michelen Day Care Center rallied to save it after the city declined to renew its contract, awarding it instead to a much larger entity, reports Manhattan Times. For decades, the current administration has catered to the specific needs of the center’s families, supporters said.

Juno Lee

Queens Teen Sees a Future in Robotics

East Asian, Education, Queens, Women June 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Korea Daily profiles high school senior Juno Lee who, as the leader of a female robotics team and a national robotics champion, wants to prove that STEM fields aren’t just for boys.