An Artistic Approach to Learning

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Kilbane infuses lessons with drama, dance and outdoor excursions By Lydie Raschka Every weekday, Karen Kilbane rides her bike from Tribeca to the Upper East Side to teach kindergarten at Hunter College Elementary School. “She lives for her kindergarten,” said Principal Randy Collins. “Her class is a great way for kids to start school.”
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A Song in the Classroom

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For Evans, music livens lessons and keeps students focused By Shannon Geis In a funny way, it was a stint on cruise ship that allowed Florence Evans to fully understand her love of teaching. The Long Island native had studied vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music and taught music education at P.S. 166. [&hellip
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Teacher’s Push to Succeed

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With Owen at the helm, students strive to excel and explore By Linnea Covington With a cheerful “Good morning!” Will Owen greets each student in his 4th-grade class as they sit down. As soon as they are settled, he does something he calls “stretching,” which entails lessons like pre-reading and observation, to ready their minds [&hellip
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The Language of Learning

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Drawing on theatrical background, Petersen dazzles new English speakers By Mary Stachyra Years ago, Erika Petersen dreamed of becoming an actress. She enrolled in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, but dropped out to pursue acting full time. After her daughter was born, she decided that the out-of-town trips were too taxing and [&hellip
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Active Classroom, Engaged Minds

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Goldberg’s lessons draw on everything from gardening to pop music By Shannon Geis It was Sarah Goldberg’s 9th-grade history class that confirmed what she already knew: teaching was the career for her. “She just brought history to life,” Goldberg said of her high school teacher. “She was very hands-on and you could tell that she [&hellip
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Vision for a Classrom

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In DeSimone’s novel curriculum, students learn through city’s history By Mary Stachyra In her seventh year as a teacher, Danielle DeSimone took a job doing what most educators only dream about: creating an entire curriculum from scratch. The experience, she said, was an opportunity for both her and the students to “create, not just regurgitate.”
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School Plans For Riverside Center

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By Roland Li Upper West Side parents and members of Community Board 7 demanded construction of a school at the Riverside Center development that would be large enough to alleviate crowding problems in District 3. “Overcrowding in the southern district has reached crisis proportions,” said Noah Gotbaum, president of District 3’s Community Education Council, which [&hellip
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Doing Double

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It’s Friday night at 9 p.m. and Jay Williams is still at the office. While his colleagues have packed up and left for weekends of socializing, sleeping in and spending time with families, Williams, a PR manager at Weber Shandwick, is still hard at work and facing a weekend of more of the same: finishing [&hellip
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D-Day

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For any teenager bound for higher education, it is always a relief to receive acceptance letters from various schools. Yet, for all the advice that shows how to create a standout application, there is little that addresses what to do when the hard work pays off: How does one evaluate and select the right college [&hellip
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To Degree or Not to Degree

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When Steven Englander wanted to change careers, the University of Albany marketing grad decided to go back to school. But instead of another degree, Englander chose a different option: a certificate program in computer science from Long Island’s Hofstra University
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