Posts Tagged ‘Blackboard Awards’

A New Outlook with an Old Number

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P.S. 151 reopens with neighborhood groups pitching in By Gavin Aronsen When the former P.S. 151 shut its doors on a nearby corner in 2001, parents had no option but to crowd their children into schools in surrounding neighborhoods. The new P.S. 151—aka Yorkville Community School—began reversing the exodus when it opened in September last [&hellip
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School Harmony and Melody at P.S. 368

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Sing-a-long Fridays helps keep Hamilton Heights together By Ellen Keohane Students at the Hamilton Heights School gathered in the cafeteria for the weekly sing-a-long on a recent Friday morning. As the children plopped onto the red, blue and green linoleum floor, more than half a dozen parents and younger siblings watched from the sidelines
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A Hands-On Education

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Independent P.S. 40 students learn by doing By Gavin Aronsen “It’s a magical place,” said P.S. 40 Principal Susan Felder, settling on the proper words to define her school. “There’s something really special about our kids.” Felder has been at the elementary school for the past seven years, during which time she has helped mold [&hellip
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Preschool Primer

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In our first of four special education sections—our annual Blackboard Awards—we take a look at preschool admissions and talk to some of the experts about how to get admitted. (Relax, it’s not as hard as Harvard.) Whether or not you go the preschool route, it’s never too early to begin to teach a love of [&hellip
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What Parents Can Learn From Teachers

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Five Educators Share Their Insights Into How Kids Learn And How Parents Can Help By Laura Zingmond and Helen Zelon Two years ago The Blackboard Awards, invited a panel of New York City teachers to a roundtable conversation starting with the basics: How parents can support their children as they learn. Together, these educators have [&hellip
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Learning to Love Learning

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Experts say to begin reading with children soon after birth By Kristen Duca Lifelong learning—it’s a phrase garnering popularity as parents, perhaps now more than ever, are working to instill an early appreciation for education in their children. After all, children with a thirst for knowledge often enjoy great academic and personal success. But with [&hellip
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Getting into NYC Preschools Isn’t as Tough as It Seems

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What you need to know By Molly O’Meara Sheehan With 1.4 million school-aged children, New York City has the nation’s biggest public school system, the densest concentration of private schools and admissions competition for the under-5 set so intense that it has inspired satirical novels and critically-acclaimed documentaries—while bewildering and frustrating countless parents. Each year, [&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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