The Costs of Equity, The Bill We Refuse to Pay: Why Integrating NYC’s Specialized High Schools Is the Right Thing to Do?

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On Saturday, June 2nd, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to “fix” the “diversity problem” plaguing the city’s specialized high schools. The plan by no measure is perfect, but I do believe that it can move us closer to equity in a system vexed by concentrations of privilege and the violence […]

Common Application Changes: Tips to ensure success for students, staff and parents

  During an era in which educators, parents, and adults alike are working tirelessly to decrease the amount of free time teenagers dedicate to the Web, The Common Application organization intends to utilize this zest for texting, tweeting, and social media (as a whole) by expanding their platform to meet students’ needs, including applying for […]

Retention, Responsiveness, and Parent-Teacher Communication

Retention conversations express dysfunctional parent-teacher communication strategies and place certain students at greater risk of negative outcomes. Many parents will receive unhappy news about their children’s academic, emotional, and social development from teachers and other school professionals at some point in their children’s school lives.  As a former teacher of self-contained special education classes in […]

Culturally Responsive Field Research in Program Evaluations and Monitoring

When social science researchers engage in fieldwork projects, there is usually a set of prescribed of protocols that guide the parameters of their research. Some of these protocols and principles are grounded in legal issues, such as Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines, while others are guided more by informal or formally-codified “best practices” intended to […]

Parent Workshops for the College and Career Process

At the College Prep Academy, we know how important and valuable our parents are in the process of career and college planning.  This past year- through a grant from the Voya Pinkerton and Meringoff Foundations- we have been able to expand our outreach and services to our parents. As a result, our high school seniors […]

College Applications and the Essay

Now is the time most high school juniors begin their college planning process.   As the March and April tests bear down upon us, everyone at home or at school seems to be debating whether to take the ACT or the SAT (or both).  Some juniors are heavily immersed in discussions with family about the college […]

College Application Smart Apps and Digital Resources for Students and Parents

The college application process can be complex and overwhelming for both parents and students. The process has accelerated so much that high school juniors and seniors find themselves  working tirelessly to research colleges that would be a good fit while preparing for the required and or optional standardized tests (ACT, SAT, and SAT II Subject […]

Collateral Youth: The Impact of Anti-Immigrant Policy on Children

There are approximately 5.3 million children and youth in the United States with at least one undocumented parent. Election day was a disaster for these children – over 4 million of whom are U.S. citizens. Many millions of young Americans were up until late that night, sobbing as they expressed to their parents their worries about […]

What was the idea behind the ASD Nest Program, and what are its key elements?

Before the advent of the ASD Nest program parents of autistic children in New York City had two choices: a District 75 school for children with severe disabilities, where basic curriculum took a back seat to therapeutic services; or a neighborhood school where teachers didn’t understand how to teach their children or children on the […]

Making Black Lives Matter in Classrooms: The Power of Teachers to Change the World

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools held a conference titled, Race, Rights, and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Our Students Think Critically about Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty. This conference was not for everyone. And while it was a conference for […]