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Innovation Island
David J. Skorton Cornell & Technion Collaborate on New College at Roosevelt Island
By Dr. Joan Baum
It’s wonderfully apt that David J. Skorton, the president of Cornell University, says he’s “heartened” by the outpouring of support he’s been getting ever since Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the establishment of....READ MORE
Peretz LavieNew College On Roosevelt Island Holds The Promise of New Jobs, Start-ups & Courses from K-PhD
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
When this past December Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a news conference to announce the winners of a competition to inaugurate a graduate center for applied science on....READ MORE
Charles FeeneyCharles Feeney: The Epitome of Philanthropy
By Mohammad Ibrar
Cornell University and Technion Israel Institute of Technology have both been selected to build and run a new campus on Roosevelt IslandThe newly proposed Technion-Cornell Institute of Innovation received a large donation from an anonymous billionaire, but he recently....READ MORE


UFTAn Open Letter to New York City Parents
New York City is losing its teachers
By Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers
More than 66,000 have either resigned or retired since Mayor Bloomberg took control of the schools. Teachers leave one of the toughest jobs in New York City for a variety of personal and professional reasons, but the most....READ MORE
VIdeo Stacy Hoeflich: History Teacher of the Year 2011
By Elise Grace, Jennifer MacGregor and Marissa Schain
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the History Channel, and Preserve America sponsored the National History Teacher of the Year 2011 awards ceremony at the Frederick Douglass Academy in NYC....WATCH VIDEO & READ ARTICLE
Seymour FliegelVideo Seymour Fliegel, President at the Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association (CEI-PEA)
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Seymour Fliegel, President and Gilder Senior Fellow at CEI-PEA is interviewed by Dr. Pola Rosen, Publisher of Education Update....WATCH VIDEO

Dr. Ted Swarz Exclusive Interview:
Video Dr. Ted Swartz, Founder, The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Education Update is privileged to gain insight into the unique methodologies for teaching children employed by Dr. Ted Swartz....WATCH VIDEO & READ INTERVIEW

Lessons on Finland by Finnish Scholar Given at Teachers College
Competition And Choice Should Not Be Drivers Of Reform
By Jennifer MacGregor
Pasi Sahlberg started his talk on his recently published “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?” by saying that his book is a story about change: how Finland has been building a system of education that has repeatedly ranked the best in the world....READ MORE

High School Prepares Students for Careers in TV and Film
By Jennifer MacGregor
Minutes away from Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Queens, is a new high school that will graduate its first class this May....READ MORE

Teen Design Fair
By Yuridia Peña
Hundreds of boisterous teenagers filled Manhattan’s iconic Altman Building at the 6th Annual NYC Design Fair recently, to learn about breaking into design’s makeshift industry....READ MORE

Time To Know
By Dr. Yosi Ben-Dov
January is typically the time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the New Year. While many of us may aim to eat better and exercise more often, as educators we should also take this opportunity to review our professional goals....READ MORE

Exchange Program Helps Teens Learn From Each Other
By Sybil Maimin
Over 5,000 students, teachers, and host families from over 60 cities have participated in The Youth Ambassador Student Exchange, with annual visits that are repeatedly described as “life-changing."...READ MORE

The Artful Teacher: A Series Of Teaching Tips
As educators are forced more and more to compete with all kinds of media for their students’ attention, it might be worthwhile for them to consider what media developers do to make things like video games so addictive....READ MORE

CEI-PEA Award Dinner Honors Tisch and  Klein
Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City schools, and Ann Tisch, the founder and president of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, were honored recently by the Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association dinner for 21st-century education....READ MORE

The Aspen Institute Holds 28th Award Dinner
The institute’s 28th annual awards dinner took place at the Plaza Hotel recently, which honored former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright with the Henry Crown Leadership Award....READ MORE

Chess at the Cloisters
Students from 54 New York City high schools recently competed in an all-day chess tournament at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for medieval art and architecture, located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan....READ MORE

Marymount School Celebrates Distinguished Athletic Director
By David Beltran
Monika Anderson, an athletic teacher and director at Marymount School New York City, recently retired after twenty-five years at the school....READ MORE

Parents, Council Members Debate Best Middle School for Upper East Side
By Yuridia Peña
Upper East Side parents came in droves to a Community Education Council District 2 (CECD2) meeting on Jan. 25 to advocate for one of two resolutions that would decide what type of middle school will open when space at P.S. 158 becomes available: a school for general education students or for the gifted....READ MORE

NYC Principal Wins Award
On November 4 BELL Academy Principal Cheryl Quatrano-Hatzidimitriou received the NAGC/Ball State University Administrator's Award from John E. Jacobson, Ball State Dean....READ MORE


Charlotte FrankVideo American Educator's Gift to Israeli High School
By Vicki Cobb
Dr. Charlotte K. Frank, Chair of the Executive Committee of the America-Israel Friendship League unveils the Frank Aerospace Center at an Israeli high school. Education Update Senior Reporter Vicki Cobb is on location for the dedication in Arad, Israel....WATCH VIDEO

AIFLAmerican Israel Friendship League Fosters Global Understanding
By Vicki Cobb
If the ability to work globally is an essential 21st century skill, we must give educators as well as young people international experiences. This is exactly what the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) has been doing....READ MORE
US Educators Learn Lessons on Location in Israel
By Vicki Cobb
Recently, a delegation of seven U.S. school superintendents visited Israel. It was an intense look at the geography, history, religious importance, struggle for survival, education systems and contemporary life of this tiny nation—approximately the size of New Jersey and home to about 8 million people....READ MORE


CUNY’s Master Plan

By Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
Universities are organic entities — they evolve and change, shedding and acquiring over time as they determine how best to advance students’ learning and enhance their own capacity to prepare a skilled citizenry....READ MORE

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Karen L. Gould Video Dr. Karen L. Gould, President of Brooklyn College
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Dr. Karen L. Gould, the first woman President of Brooklyn College discusses the various new initiatives and programs of the college with Dr. Pola Rosen, Publisher of Education Update....WATCH VIDEO & READ TRANSCRIPT

Professor Alan Dershowitz Professor Alan Dershowitz Donates Papers to Brooklyn College
By Sybil Maimin
Pride and joy were palpable as famed lawyer, law professor and author Alan M. Dershowitz returned to his alma mater, Brooklyn College, to formally present a treasure trove of papers to the college’s archive that document his life....READ MORE

Occupy Wall StreetVideo Occupy Wall Street:
Voices of the Students

By Elise Grace & Dr. Pola Rosen
Occupy Wall Street’s protesters have been unstoppable in voicing their opinions for a little over a month now. Most of them have been living in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, just steps from Wall Street.....WATCH VIDEO & READ ARTICLE

Judith HuntingtonNew President of The College of New Rochelle, Judith Huntington
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Although Judith Huntington has been president of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) only since July, she made her mark on the institution long before that as president-elect for a year and before that as vice president for financial affairs....READ MORE
By Dr. Alfred Posamentier
Believe it or not, there are people who fear the number 13. This is called Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning "3" kai meaning "and", deka meaning "10" and phobia meaning "fear"....READ MORE

Outstanding Faculty at Hunter College
Dr. Pamela S. Falk, Dr. Gary Krasilovsky & Professor Dara Meyers-Kingsley....READ MORE

Bank Street College of Education Honors Dean Fern Khan
Dean Fern J. Khan, former Governor of New York David Paterson, filmmaker Spike Leeand his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee and Michelle Paige Patterson received the Leadership in Diversity award at a recent event held by Bank Street’s Priscilla E. Pemberton Society....READ MORE

Deans Speak About Education in 2012
Dean Mary Brabeck of the NYU Steinhardt School of Education and Dean Alfred Posamentier of Mercy College discuss education in 2012....READ MORE

The Tragedy at Penn State
By Arthur Katz, Esq.
Some time has passed since the crisis at Penn State, which resulted in the summary termination of the University’s President, Graham Spanier, and its revered football coach, Joe Paterno, and the criminal indictment of several Penn State employees based upon evidence that they had lied under oath....READ MORE

Trends at Community Colleges Analyzed at Teachers College Panel
By Jennifer MacGregor
Tom Jones, the provost and dean of Teachers College, introduced Tom Bailey, the director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and professor of economics and education at Teachers College....READ MORE

Celestial Ball Raises Money for College of Staten Island Students
College of Staten Island students were the beneficiaries of the Third Annual CSI Celestial Ball, which succeeded in raising more than $500,000 for student scholarships and support....READ MORE

Tips For Dealing With Student Loans
By Curtis Henderson
Student loans are tricky, generally because they are issued to young consumers who are not yet very well versed in the areas of consumer credit or even personal finance....READ MORE

Exclusive Interview with Professor Kenneth Wong
(Part 1 of 2)
By Gillian Granoff
Kenneth Wong, Director of the Urban Education Policy program at Brown University, recently discussed with Education Update the impact of the No Child Left Behind on school policy, the value of state academic standards and tests, and their role in measuring aptitude and setting high expectations for student performance, and the function the federal government and politicians should play in helping to affect school policy....READ MORE


Dr. Maria MitchellDr. Maria Mitchell: Profile in Medicine
Interviewed by Dr. Pola Rosen and Elise Grace, Transcribed by David Beltran, Edited by Mohammad Ibrar
Dr. Maria Mitchell is no stranger to innovation, government work, medicine and collaboration. As an adviser to Mayor Giuliani on health issues, Chair of the Board of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, and founder of the New York City....READ INTERVIEW

Dr. Jacob AppelVideo Dr. Jacob Appel, Bioethicist
By Sybil Maimin
Jacob Appel is a busy man: A bioethicist, fiction writer, advocate and teacher, he has amassed numerous degrees, awards and accolades. His academic achievements include a B.A. and M.A. from Brown, an M.A. and M.Phil from Columbia, an M.D. from Columbia’s College of Physicians....WATCH VIDEO & READ ARTICLE


Richard KesslerVideo An Interview with Richard Kessler, Dean of Mannes School of Music
By Lydia Liebman
Education Update sat down with the newly appointed dean of The Mannes School of Music (Mannes College The New School for Music), Richard Kessler, to discuss why his school is one of the best....WATCH VIDEO & READ MORE

Mary Badham: Looking Back with “Scout”
By Lisa K. Winkler
Nearly 50 years after appearing as “Scout” in the 1962 film To Kill A Mockingbird, Mary Badham continues to bring the movie’s messages about equality, compassion and tolerance around the world...READ MORE

Find Your Voice Benefit: Twenty-Five Years of Emotional Literacy
By Rachel Barber
Find Your Voice (FYV) hosted a benefit recently at Lincoln Center’s intimate Clark Studio Theater to raise money for their emotional literacy training programs for students....READ MORE

Jazz Legends Celebrate 30 years at Lincoln Center
By Lydia Liebman
On Tuesday, January 10, The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters celebrated its 30th year at Lincoln Center....READ MORE

Art Rocks the School in Maryland
By Lisa K. Winkler
Madeline Taylor looked at the group of students preparing to pirouette across the gym floor....READ MORE


Child Mind Institute Raises $5.3 Million for Children
By Harold Koplewicz, M.D.
Recently, we shared an extraordinary evening with several hundred friends and supporters who came together to raise $5.3 million to keep building the Child Mind Institute....READ MORE

P.S. 32 and the ASD Nest Program
By Christina Steel
Nestled throughout the boroughs of New York City are a handful of schools with inclusion programs that attempt to educate students labeled learning disabled and those considered neurotypical together in classrooms with two educators....READ MORE

NY Disabilities Film Festival Comes to Town
Compiled by Mohammad Ibrar
The 4th Annual ReelAbilities: N.Y. Disabilities Film festival will be coming to New York from February 9th through February 14th, 2012....READ MORE

Guild Awards College Scholarships to 12 College Bound Students
The Jewish Guild for the Blind recently announced that scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to 12 college-bound high school seniors who are legally blind....READ MORE


Columbia Alums Impart Wisdom During Careers in Education Panel
By Jennifer MacGregor
In a lecture at Columbia University, four experts in the field of education shared their expertise in roles outside of typical classroom experience....READ MORE

On being a Chef and Chocolatier
By Lisa K. Winkler
Chocolate pasta? Sounds like something out of Candyland or Willy Wonka’s world....READ MORE

Ray Fisher: Actor
By Lisa Winkler
Ray Fisher’s best friend bet him he’d get into acting school. The stakes?...READ MORE


Your Child’s Future: Now is the Time For Exploring
By Dr. Carole Hankin
Preparing children for success in the 21st century is a challenge, not only for educators, but for parents as well....READ MORE

Young Writers
The writings of students Drew Kushnir & Neil Ruthen.....READ MORE


Learning Through the Creation of Games
By Adam Sugerman
Last year, Florida third grader João struggled in math and, in turn, scored poorly on the math portion of the FCAT, the state’s standardized test....READ MORE


Movie Review
War Horse
By Jan Aaron
A simple boy-bonds-with-horse story, based on Michael Morpugo’s 1982 best seller, which is already a stage sensation, is now skillfully brought to the big screen by director Steven Spielberg....READ MORE


Museums: Our Fathers, Our Grandfathers, Our Heroes
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County proudly announces this amazing exhibit to be on view to the public from November 14, 2011 thru December 31, 2011....READ MORE

Bay Shore Middle School Student Recognized as Upstander of the Month
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is pleased to announce George Rettaliata as the January “Upstander of the Month” for being an advocate for students with special needs, both within his own school and throughout his community....READ MORE


Confronting Cyber-Bullying
Reviewed by Merri Rosenberg
Bullying has been around as long as there have been children....READ REVIEW

Raising the Grade
Reviewed by Merri Rosenberg
Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, who now serves as president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, takes on the challenge of how high schools need to change in order to prepare their students for the realities of the global economic workplace....READ REVIEW

Made In America: Immigrant Students In Our Public Schools
Reviewed By Merri Rosenberg
Few political issues are more compelling, or divisive, than that of America’s current policy on immigration....READ REVIEW

Walter Dean Myers Named New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and two Newbery Honors, was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington....READ MORE


Rockefeller Center in NYC and the Famous Christmas Tree
By Dr. Pola Rosen
A photo journal of the 2011 Christmas Tree at Rockeffer Center....VIEW PHOTOS

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - 2011
By Dr. Pola Rosen
A photo journal of the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade....VIEW PHOTOS


SJU Falls to Northeastern, 78-64
By Richard Kagan
On paper, this looked like a game St. John’s would win....READ MORE


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