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Ready for School, Nowhere to Go

The benefits of good after-school programs are well known for those kids whose parents aren’t yet home from work. But at many schools like Brownsville’s P.S. 446, before-school programs are needed too.

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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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Learning to Behave: One School Cuts Suspensions Using Empathy

Teachers at a Brooklyn 6th through 12th grade school believe students lack the skill, not the will to behave. A new approach to discipline brought its suspension rate down from 23 to 2 percent in 4 years.

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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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Author Visit from Holocaust Survivor Makes Memoir Come Alive

Inge Auerbacher visits Ditmas Junior High School as part of multi-disciplinary unit on writers’ childhood war diaries and memoirs.

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Lanisha’s Loss: Last Chance After Sandy

Lanisha Jessie, 17, had hopes for a brighter academic future when Hurricane Sandy hit, flooding her home and throwing her off her academic course. Six months after the storm, she’s just beginning to regain her footing.

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Tasneema Sultana before her oral presentation

Preparing the Portfolio: One Student’s Journey

Students at Manhattan International High School hail from 57 different countries and between them speak 44 languages. To graduate, they complete a senior portfolio as part of the performance assessment system instead of taking five Regents exams. Follow senior Tasneema Sultana’s journey as she puts the finishing touches on her portfolio.

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Only the Lonely High School Journalism Class

The web is helping journalism teachers in the city and nation create engaging lessons for a school subject that’s long suffered from unpopularity.

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Union Wins $38 Million Settlement with Special Education Staff

The city’s tangled data entry system cost teachers hours of mind-numbing number punching

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Brooklyn Parents Get a Lesson in Patience

Parents at PS 24 in Brooklyn now have the option to attend sessions where they can learn how to deal with conflict and manage their emotions in a way that mirrors what their children learn in the classroom.

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