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Dual Language Crusader Calmly Carries On

Met by waves of parental protests and controversy, Principal Iris Chiu helicoptered into the job as head of Shuang Wen intent on transforming the top performing school into a true dual language school.

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Ambitious Bronx Teen Ignores Obstacles, ‘Strives for the Skies’

The stress of poverty can cause some teens and children to have to grow up too fast, taking on very adult-style responsibilities. Here is one high-flying graduate’s story from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx

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To Live, to Breathe, to Dance

Teaching artist Exenia Rocco teaches high school at A. Phillip Randolph students about the art of power, peace and breathing through Latin dance.

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STEM and Special Education: Breaking Through Expectations at P-TECH

Only 14 percent of engineers are female. And only 4 percent of employees in the field of science, technology, engineering and math are special education students. Briana Conner at P-TECH breaks the mold.

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From Corporate America to Brooklyn Junior High Teacher

One Brooklyn teacher may have taken a circuitous route from the private sector to I.S.62, but she has proven herself to be a natural in the classroom.

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High School Brides: Yemeni Immigrants at U.S. High Schools

Only two females out of a total 40 Yemeni students at the International Community High School in the Bronx have graduated in the past four years; many were sent back to Yemen for marriage.

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Motivated by Milestones

Pathways in Technology Early College High School is the first high school in the nation to give both a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree. Will Ehrenfeld helped design the school.

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Passing on a Sense of Mission

Akilah Irvin, 24, now runs the same community organization that she helped found as a teenager.

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Helping Chinese Parents Learn the ABCs of American schools

Mina Yang serves as a liaison between Chinese parents and their children’s American school to narrow the cultural gap.

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Mobilizing Young Foot Soldiers

For Sharon Lee De La Cruz, change starts at home.

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