Posts Tagged ‘Education’

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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An Unassuming Brilliance

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Birthdays are always special, but in Liza Akeret’s “4’s” class at Epiphany Community Nursery School, they are marked with a birthday crown, special song and handmade cards. Parent Anthony Pratofiorito recalled his daughter’s recent celebration. Akeret asked students to say something that they liked about the birthday girl, and compliments ranged from, “She likes to [&hellip
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The First Grade Transformation

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Camille Ehrenberg likens the development of her 1st graders to a child’s first year of life: a short period of incredible growth and change. “It’s extraordinarily visible. You can’t miss it,” Ehrenberg said. “When they leave, they are totally transformed.” Ehrenberg’s fascination with child development led her to teaching. She spent eight years as an [&hellip
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From Filmmaker to 4th Grade

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In Hollywood films, compassionate, inspiring teachers are easily found. Thomas Roberts, a 4th grade teacher at Trinity School, brings that enthusiasm to the real world. “Learning is a joy in Mr. Roberts’ classroom,” said parent Bahar Tavakolian. He is everyone’s favorite teacher—be it a girl or a boy, an introverted student or an extroverted one…he [&hellip
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More School Specifics From Mayoral Candidates

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To the Editor: I applaud the in-depth answers the mayoral candidates gave in Shaydi Raice Sigall’s May 21 article, “The Mayor’s Race: Focus on Education.” There are two issues I want to address. First, the success of charter schools is still in debate and all mayoral candidates, except Tony Avella, support them. I am concerned [&hellip
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At Private Schools, Little Financial Impact

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This past winter, plunging financial markets combined with steady tuition increases seemed destined to spur flight from independent schools. But according to officials at the National Association of Independent Schools and several city private schools—where tuition ranges between $28,000 and $36,000 per year—applications remain steady, even as financial aid requests from current families have increased
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COMPTROLLER BLASTS DOE ON PARENT INPUT

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As the State Legislature negotiates renewing the bill that gives mayors power over New York’s school system, a recent report by the office of City Comptroller Bill Thompson charges that the Department of Education blocks input from public school parents. The report, “Powerless Parents,” focuses on Community Education Councils (CECs), as well as parent-teacher-student associations. [&hellip
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Flu-Like Symptoms Shutter St. David’s

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St. David’s, a private Catholic school for boys on East 89th Street, closed today after several students reported flu-like symptoms. “Asking the students not to come to school today was the best way to control the spread of the symptoms through our community,” said St. David’s Headmaster, David O’Halloran. “It was the responsible thing to [&hellip
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