Smart Boards in, blackboards out
As “Smart Boards,” or interactive computerized whiteboards, are starting to replace traditional blackboards in New York City schools, some laud them for increasing student motivation while others, less tech-savvy, are suspicious of their benefits. 
By Julie Onufrak
Do Learning Communities work?
One large Bronx high school fights to stay intact in the face of a nationwide small schools movement. But the solution may not have the effect that they had hoped for.
By Lana Gersten

Sex education in NYC schools
New York City paves its own way in bringing sex education into the classroom, but inconsistency among programs causes problems, say sex ed advocates.
By Julie Zeveloff

Academics and play in pre-K
How preschoolers learn, what they should be learning and when is a subject of debate among some experts and educators.
By Brenda Iasevoli
New Schools, Daily Challenges
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the building of small schools to replace the large, often dysfunctional, high schools in the city. But with 232 new schools opening in the past five years alone, educators across the city are struggling to implement each new school’s vision.  Here is an inside look at the daily challenges the faculty at one new small school face. Read more...
By Lindsey Whitton
Paying for grades
Even for students in the poorest New York City schools, one program uses hefty cash incentives as motivation for passing the AP exam.  Will the extra money raise the grade?
By Danielle Gaines

Incentive programs launched
Students and education experts weigh in on a new program designed to close the achievement gap that rewards high performing students with cell phone minutes and other prizes. 
By Brenda Iasevoli

Homeschooling in NYC
New York City parents choose to teach their children at home, but they can’t escape the state’s standardized testing requirements.
By Julie Onufrak
 
Special ed struggles in teaching
This life-long champion for social justice faces her greatest challenges in the special-ed classroom.
By Lisa Lacy
NYC student union
High school students who formed a students’ union say it is a way to promote student involvement and shape the city’s public education system from the ground up.
By Julie Zeveloff
The five-paragraph essay
Teachers under pressure to prepare students for the New York Regents exam, a requirement for high school graduation, often look to the five-paragraph essay as an easy fix. But will practice in such formulaic writing prepare students for the writing and thinking that will be expected of them in college?
By Lana Gersten