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Christian Guaman

Neighborhood: Hamilton Heights, Manhattan Middle School: M.S. 322 in Inwood, Manhattan High Schools: Manhattan Business Academy (9th Grade), High School for Health Professions and Human Services (10th Grade onwards) It took 16-year-old Christian Guaman two attempts over two years to find the right high school. Although Christian was the valedictorian of his elementary and middle schools, […]

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Jamie and Jovannitza Torres

Neighborhood: Stapleton, Staten Island Current School: New Dorp High School, New Dorp, Staten Island First Choice: New Dorp High School, New Dorp, Staten Island The Torres sisters were one and two years old when their mother was shot and murdered in Puerto Rico. The girls don’t remember the incident that has shaped their lives in many ways. […]

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Newly Arrived Immigrant Teens Learning Math Through Language

“In the Dominican Republic, two plus two equals four,” said a sophomore in the Bronx’s International Community High School for brand new immigrant kids. “Here, you have to explain why it’s four.”

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Beyond the Test Scores at the Harlem Children’s Zone

When the Harlem Children’s Zone opened a charter school in a housing project, it set out to raise test scores. While grades haven’t improved dramatically, the school has helped to create a community and is slowly changing the culture of the neighborhood.

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Empathy? There’s a test for that.

Should children be tested for their ability to show self-control, empathy and joy? The New York Times reports that nine school districts in California have begun quietly evaluating students’ social and emotional behavior. Angela Duckworth, the MacArthur Foundation fellow who has done extensive research on “grit” — a combination of passion and perseverance — thinks these […]

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Obama’s new education chief nods to public school teachers

President Barak Obama’s pick for Education Secretary paid tribute to New York city public school teachers at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. Dr. John King, Jr. said two New York City public school teachers “literally saved my life” after his mother died when he was eight years old and his father’s death four years […]

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New York to allow undocumented immigrants to become teachers

Undocumented immigrants in New York state may soon qualify to become teachers, according to the New York State Board of Regents. The board voted on Wednesday that it allow certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to pursue careers in education. The policy will apply to those who qualify for President Barack Obama’s […]

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