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Murdered But Still Alive:
Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner:
Forty-Two Years Later Family Members Speak Out

By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
June 21, 1964. Neshoba County, Mississippi. It is a story that has festered like an ugly wound in the civil rights annals of this country, one of the unimaginable atrocities that spread like a plague during Freedom Summer 1964. READ ARTICLE

We Stand in Tribute to Rosa Parks
Compiled by Liza Young

Rosa Parks—international icon of the civil rights movement—a seamstress at the time she unwaveringly refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, spun the threads of the beginning of the modern civil rights movement, according to many historians. READ ARTICLE

Justice Albie Sachs:
African Freedom Fighter

By Joan baum, Ph.D.
It’s rare that students studying history get to meet leading players in landmark events, but recently, at Facing History High School (FHHS), a New Visions school on West 50th Street, a group of youngsters—and then the entire class of 108 9th graders—had a chance to see, listen to and question South African freedom fighter Justice Albie Sachs. READ ARTICLE


Dr. Mayme Clayton:
40 Years of Collecting African American Works

By Liza Young
In an interview with Avery Clayton on February 2 in Los Angeles, it was clear he had found his mission as part art educator (which he was in the public schools of Pasadena), part preservationist, part historian and part his mother’s son as steward of the largest collection on the West Coast of African American works in literature, music, and movies as well as photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia. READ ARTICLE

Inside the Melting Pot
By Phyllis C. Murray
“When the nation is made ready by enlightenment, its good fortune will make Black History Month an anachronism. No culture should by its spotlight eclipse another, and the reputation of one cannot flourish at the expense of another. We are a unified but not yet united civilization.”   —Ron Issacs

An Interview with Geoffrey Canada
Education Update (EU):How did you choose your career? READ ARTICLE

Artist Yinka Shonibare:
Reflections on the Journeys of Our Ancestors

Yinka Shonibare: Works from the Permanent Collection is the fourth installation in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery exhibition series devoted to showcasing Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s permanent collection of 250,000 objects spanning twenty-three centuries. READ ARTICLE

Poems On Various Subjects, Religous And Moral


The Passion Of My Times:
An Advocate’s Fifty-Year Journey
In The Civil Rights Movement

Reviewed By Merri Rosenberg
Although I was barely in elementary school during the Freedom Summer of 1964, I remember sitting in my late  parents’ living room in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, listening to several of their school teacher friends discuss their plans to register black voters in the South during their summer vacation. READ MORE

At Canaan’s Edge:
America In The King Years 1965-68

Reviewed by Merri Rosenberg
Perhaps only a trilogy as monumental as Taylor Branch’s three-volume history of America during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., years could do justice to that equally monumental epoch. READ ARTICLE

Revisiting the Deep South in “To Kill A Mockingbird”
By Merri Rosenberg
From our vantage point in 2006, it’s sometimes easy to forget exactly how pervasive and pernicious racism was at earlier, more shameful moments in our history. READ ARTICLE

Harper Lee, Gregarious for a Day
By Ginia Bellafante
Of all the functions at the president’s mansion of the University of Alabama here, none has acquired the mystique surrounding a modest annual luncheon attended by high school students from around the state. READ ARTICLE

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1852
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) is best known today as the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which helped galvanize the abolitionist cause and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War. READ ARTICLE

From The Souls of Black Folk, 1903, W.E.B. DuBois
Strange to relate! For this is certain, no secure civilization can be built in the South with the Negro as an ignorant, turbulent proletariat. READ ARTICLE


Guest Editorial:
Needed: Quality Education for All
by Howard Dodson
The crisis in American education in general and black education in particular is more serious than I thought. READ ARTICLE

Letter to the Editor


Dr. Henri Ford, Pediatric Surgeon Extraordinaire
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
It was quite a leap for Haitian-born Henri Ford who knew no English to attend John Jay High School in Brooklyn—where he was called “Frenchie”—and then go on for his B.A. at Princeton, not to mention moving from there in record time to Harvard Medical School, but for this Vice President and Chief of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine (USC), affiliated with Children’s Hospital, “leaps” are “challenges.” READ ARTICLE

William C. Thompson, Jr.:
A First-Class Leader On His Second Term

By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though The New York Times noted in its report on the Mayor’s January 26th  State of the City address that William  C. Thompson, Jr. had been reelected with 92 percent of the vote, the admirable Comptroller of The City of New York wondered why this fact was even mentioned two months after the fact, when he ran virtually unopposed in a race without a Republican or Independent candidate. READ ARTICLE

William L. Taylor:
Passionate Advocate of the Civil Rights Movement

By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
The title of William L. Taylor’s influential, well received legal autobiography, The Passion of My Times: An Advocate’s Fifty-Year Journey in the Civil Rights Movement—just out in paperback—is taken, he proudly points out, from Oliver Wendell Holmes’s comment that “As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.” READ ARTICLE


Stutterers Face Challenges in Job Interviews
People who stutter may be harder workers because they have to
compensate for their disability, speech experts say. READ ARTICLE

Group For ADHD
Ask the clinician
Q: Our child is 12 years old and has been experiencing behavior and academic problems at home and at school since her academic career began. READ ARTICLE


Noel Steps Up Big For Midwood Hornets
By Richard Kagan
Recently, Midwood High School in Brooklyn defeated South Shore High School 62-60 in a Public School Athletic League basketball game that put the Hornets into the Publick School Athletic League (PSAL) playoffs. READ ARTICLE

Raising Awareness to Reduce
Bullying in Summer Camps

By Joel D. Haber, Ph.D.
Think back to your elementary/grade school years, and ask yourself if you can recall the top three favorite memories of your childhood. READ ARTICLE


The Dean's Column:
Some Mind-Bogglers on Pi
by Alfred Posamentier, Ph.D.
From early exposure to mathematics, students become familiar with π. READ ARTICLE

Preparing for the College Interview:
An Insider’s View

by Keith Berman, M.Ed., M.S.Ed.
The college interview does “not really count” READ ARTICLE

Bank Street College of Education Honors Irma & Paul Milstein & President Augusta Souza Kappner
Recently, the Pierre Hotel was the site of an elegant dinner to honor the philanthropy of Irma and Paul Milstein as well as a decade of President Augusta Souza Kappner’s visionary leadership. READ ARTICLE

Phi Delta Kappa, Columbia University,
Celebrates Achievements of Principals

by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Phi Delta Kappa honored three principals for their outstanding work in inclusion and special education, with a gala dinner at the Columbia University Faculty House recently. READ ARTICLE


From the Superintendent’s Seat:
Getting Along
By Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
If your children are doing well academically in school, it’s great. READ ARTICLE

Feb. Events at Children’s Museum: Andy Warhol
On February 20, 2006 artist James Warhola, nephew of the great 20th century painter Andy Warhol, will be conducting a special reading from his childhood memoir, Uncle Andy’s at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). Uncle Andy’s, a book inspired by childhood memories of a particular visit to see his uncle in 1962, is a Winner of the International Reading Association’s Best Children’s Non-Fiction Book of 2004 award. READ ARTICLE


The Flavor of the Month
By CSA President Jill Levy
Each year, you attend this Conference to demonstrate your genuine and unswerving loyalty to the education of children – a dedication that transcends politics, reorganizations, budget crises, and the latest sexy “flavor of the month” in education reform. READ ARTICLE

City’s Schools Cut Achievement Gap? Not Yet
by Liz Krueger, NYS senator
While reading the newspaper last month, a headline caught my eye: “City’s Schools Cut Racial Gap in Test Scores.” READ ARTICLE

Space Foundation Now Accepting
Applications for Teacher Liaison Program

Applications are due to the Space Foundation by Feb. 24, 2006. Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons serve as an active link between the Space Foundation, NASA, and their school and school district. READ ARTICLE

NY Bird Club Events


Carnegie Hall Announces 2006-7 Musical Offerings: Collaboration, Innovation, and Access are Themes
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
Quoting former President Teddy Roosevelt, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director Clive Gillinson announced at a standing room only press conference recently that, in planning the venerable institution’s 2006-7 musical season, “we kept our eyes on the stars and our feet on the ground.” READ ARTICLE

The Studio Museum in Harlem
by Sandra Jackson-Dumont
The early 1990s witnessed the release of the classic hip-hop record aptly entitled Edutainment, by KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions (BDP). READ ARTICLE

Sam Ash Music Stores:
A chain store that has retained its founder’s policies
Back in 1924, a young married couple decided to open a music store. READ ARTICLE


Advice for Children From Boston Children’s Hospital
Since we’re in the midst of flu and cold season, I wanted to alert you to a helpful resource on the recently re-launched Children’s Hospital Boston Web site—the “My Child Has” search feature, which offers an encyclopedic database of information on childhood illnesses and conditions, tips on preventive care, as well as explanations of treatments, procedures, and diagnostic tests, with links from each entry to the appropriate clinical departments and programs within the hospital. READ ARTICLE

Union Settlement Home Care Services, Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Union Settlement Home Care Services, located at 174 East 104th Street, New York, NY celebrated its 25th Anniversary Year celebration with a community Open House series. “All too often people facing an illness don’t know where to turn for comfort and support, “said Cheryl Patterson-Artis, ACBSW, MRE, MST, Director of Operations, for Union Settlement Home Care Services. READ ARTICLE




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