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.

(Photo by Commons license)

Religious Groups Support School Safety Agent Bill

Education, Government, New York, Religion June 3, 2015 at 7:46 pm

A City Council bill that would provide public and private schools a school safety agent at their request has the support of religious groups. The Jewish Daily Forward looks at where officials stand on the bill, including the few council members who oppose it.

According to the city's Department of Health, 17,000 teenagers, 15-19 years old, become pregnant every year. (Photo via Mariela Lombard / El Diario)

Latino Parents Support Classroom Condom Demonstrations

Education, Health, New York, Youth June 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Immigrant parents say they support the education department’s recent decision to allow condom demonstrations in high school classrooms, reports El Diario.

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Ready for Work: Students Pick Up Skills (By Making Grilles)

Brooklyn, Education, Labor June 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

A job training program gives students at the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design a chance to get hands-on experience at the manufacturing company Architectural Grille, reports the Greenpoint Gazette.

Co-president of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, Yoon-hee Choi (middle), and other members, held a press briefing at J.H.S. 189 Daniel Carter Beard in Flushing on May 26 about the inclusion of the East Sea in New York textbooks, and the removal of a novel from a Connecticut school that they say portrays Koreans inaccurately.

Korean Parents Push to Remove Novel, Add East Sea

East Asian, Education, New York, Queens May 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Korean parents in New York are trying to remove a novel from a Connecticut school district’s curriculum for its portrayal of Koreans, and are also continuing efforts to get a bill passed requiring that New York State textbooks include references to the East Sea, not just the Sea of Japan.