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VIDEO: Confessions of a Third Grader

VIDEO: Confessions of a Third Grader

Sarahi, a third-grade student from Public School 380 in Brooklyn, talks candidly about school.

University of California Waters Warm, but Community College Students Avoid the Heat

University of California Waters Warm, but  Community College Students Avoid the Heat

The University of California system will have a more international flavor this fall, when it brings in nearly 5,400 international freshmen, a more than 2 percent jump from the previous year. John Levin, a professor at the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside, said this might just be the beginning as UC administrators also  Read more »

Pell Grants Make the Cut, but for how Long?

Pell Grants Make the Cut, but for how Long?

Community college students breathed a sigh of relief April 12 when the funding for Pell Grants, which has been on the chopping block, remained unchanged. Pell Grants are awarded to students, who qualify based on the Expected Family Contribution formula and who have yet to earn a bachelor’s degree. Currently students can borrow as much  Read more »

A Teen Mom Gets Ready to Graduate — with Help at School

A Teen Mom Gets Ready to Graduate — with Help at School

Eighteen-year-old Kyesha Taryn is succeeding at a task what some people might think is impossible. Taryn, the mother of a 2-year-old son named Kayden, will graduate next month from a New York City public high school—and start college in the fall. Besides a supportive family network that includes her mother and her grandmother, the Department  Read more »

Kingsborough Community College Students React to Osama bin Laden’s Death

Kingsborough Community College Students React to Osama bin Laden’s Death

As President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden late Sunday night, New Yorkers gathered at Ground Zero, where almost 10 years earlier, people everywhere had bin Laden’s name etched into their minds. While many only celebrated bin Laden’s demise, students at Kingsborough Community College (KBCC), roughly 11 miles away in Brooklyn, had  Read more »

Learning in Pairs

Learning in Pairs

The 13-year old French girl opened her journal and quickly started writing what she knew about Buddhism, the religion her class would study as a part of the global studies course. Next to her, a Yemeni boy sat with a pen in his right hand and his eyes fixed on the blank pages of his  Read more »

Gay Straight Alliance formed at Frank Sinatra

Victoria Pittl made sure she had her bases covered while promoting a new afterschool group at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. The proactive senior posted fliers in hallways, created the obligatory Facebook event, and managed to weasel her group’s upcoming meeting into the high school’s intercom announcements. She also had a ground campaign. “Please  Read more »

Toastmasters: A Lesson In Public Speaking

Toastmasters: A Lesson In Public Speaking

Young Chen, 21,  walks to the front of his after-school public speaking class at the Lower East Side Preparatory High School and sits on a high stool. He holds a jade pendent in his hand and looks nervous. All eyes are on Chen. Lights are quickly dimmed and a large photograph of Chen holding a  Read more »

At Ella Baker, Checking In Is Personal

At Ella Baker, Checking In Is Personal

Every Friday after lunch and recess, a group of six seventh grade boys at The Ella Baker School get personal.  They enter a regular meeting with Louis Hernandez, a guidance counselor at the school who uses a unique approach to group counseling: separating students by sex, beginning in the third grade. Hernandez says he sees  Read more »