Can Your Toddler Speak Chinese?

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Sharon Huang was working in New York City and living in New Jersey when she began looking around for a Mandarin immersion program for her soon-to-be born twins. “I knew there were some out there, but I realized there wasn’t one in New Jersey,” she said. “I thought with Chinese becoming such an important language, [&hellip
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See You Around Campus, Dad

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Most teenagers heading off to college look forward to getting away from their parents. Not for Isabella Tobias. The start of school will actually bring her closer to her father. “I don’t know anyone who has gotten the gift of going to school with a parent,” she said. “College is a scary thing the first [&hellip
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Something to Chew On

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A recent study has confirmed that a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet combined with regular exercise can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Previous studies have linked diet and exercise, independently, to reduced Alzheimer’s risk, but the recent investigation, at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center, [&hellip
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Who Gets In?

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District 3, which encompasses the Upper West Side and most of Harlem, currently has no high school that gives special consideration to area students—and the local parent council doesn’t like it. On June 17, the district’s Community Education Council and Presidents’ Council approved a request asking the Department of Education to give local students priority [&hellip
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New Writing High School?

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With Brandeis High School being replaced by three new institutions in 2009, the Department of Education is currently considering proposals and gathering community input for a fourth school to open in September 2010. Last week, officials held a community meeting on the campus, at 145 W. 84th St
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Charter’s Dynamic Duo

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Team teaching requires give-and-take. Sahba Rohani and Rebecca Williams—who completed each other’s sentences as they answered questions on speakerphone from their kindergarten classroom—clearly have this knack. Theirs is an arranged marriage that works, built on a shared passion for families and community at the aptly named Community Roots Charter School. “When we first met,” Rohani [&hellip
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Love First, Teach Second

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Carolyn Silberstein knows that curiosity thrives when students start to feel comfortable. “They need to feel the classroom is their place,” she said. “Once we’ve done that, we’re golden and we can go on to learn.” Silberstein, who has been teaching at Temple Emanu-El Nursery School for 20 years, begins every morning with hugs and [&hellip
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Cooking Up Young Learners

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Most children don’t walk into their kindergarten classroom on Monday morning to the smell of freshly baked muffins. But parent Princess Prince-McCoade describes dropping her daughter off at the Central Park East I pre-K/kindergarten classroom and finding steaming Ziploc bags wafting out the scent of freshly baked pumpkin or banana muffins. The baked goods are [&hellip
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Support, No Matter What

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For the past four years, Debra Robinson has gone to Birch Family Services Mill Basin Early Childhood Center to teach children who fall on the autism spectrum. But her dedication to helping these children and their families extends far beyond the classroom. “We spoke on the phone almost every day,” said Michele Montanez, whose 6-year-old [&hellip
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