(BPT) - With each school year, children and parents alike must adapt to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation. Certain school-year “checkpoints” – like the first report card, parent-teacher conferences, and the upcoming holiday and winter breaks – are opportunities for parents to assess how their children are adjusting and see if changes may need to be made to their treatment plans.
Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.
In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.
The much-maligned trailers at Richmond Hill High School may finally be torn down this year, it was announced at Community Board 9 Thursday night.
Vishnu Mahadeo, a representative from state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), said that the trailers that have served as classrooms in the high school’s schoolyard for over a decade will be closed and dismantled by June 2015.
Testing, testing, one, two, three ...
That’s what students do when they want to get into one of the city’s eight elite high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and the like, including, in this borough, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.
(Family Features) As they gear up for Halloween this year, kids across the United States can make a difference in the lives of kids around the world by raising funds for those in need.
(BPT) - There’s no denying that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is on society’s radar. President Barack Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative hosts a yearly STEM-themed science fair at the White House. STEM summer camps are popping up across the country and hundreds of thousands of parents, educators and policymakers convene annually at STEM conferences nationwide. The nation’s job market even reflects the popularity as recent data shows that across STEM fields, job postings outnumbered unemployed people by almost two to one.
(NewsUSA) - Impeccably green mountains overlook a picturesque New England landscape as families gaze upon capped and gowned graduates sitting along mahogany benches. One cannot help but think of this scene as suited only for institutions of the academic elite.
Peter C. Mastrosimone’s article “Queens Library spent money on luxuries, NYC comptroller says” (Oct. 3, qchron.com) highlights a massive problem within the Queens Library. Instead of funding literacy programs and hiring qualified teachers such as myself, staffers such as suspended President and CEO Tom Galante are allowed to spend money on $1,000 dinners and baseball memorabilia.
This is so upsetting to me. One reason is that even as a volunteer tutor at the Queens Library’s Long Island City center branch, I wasn’t even given reimbursement for the $10 per week I spent on subway fare.
Our libraries these days are little more than havens for homeless people, with obnoxious staff, dark lighting, and not enough space for children to sit and read. It is so disheartening when I compare Queens libraries to those in Manhattan, such as the one located at 328 East 67 St. That branch includes the latest books, a huge children’s library, and educated, polite staff who are more than happy to help the library’s visitors.
As a lifelong Queens resident, I help fund the Queens Library with my tax dollars. I would appreciate the opportunity to work to help make it better and a source of pride for those that use it. However, becoming a member of the staff has been very frustrating, with most applications seemingly going into a black hole. Those running the library are too distracted allocating funds for personal use. Perhaps Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and whoever takes over now should become more involved in picking those running the daily operations.
The month-old Business Technology Early College High School celebrated its formal ribbon cutting last Friday with leaders from the Queens education and business communities and government in attendance.
The school, which opened in the Martin Van Buren High School building in Queens Village, right now teaches 124 freshmen with the goal of having them earn their high school diplomas as well as associate degrees in six years while creating the next generation of diverse leaders in business technology.
Cutting class and getting drunk isn’t just for rebellious high school students anymore.
A Glen Oaks teacher was arrested for driving drunk during school hours Monday morning after crashing her car in Forest Hills.
Harvest the power of the sun.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the city will be funding the installation of solar panels on two dozen city schools, as part of the administration’s “One City, Built to Last,” green buildings plan.
Whether a high score on the SHSAT — Specialized High School Admissions Test — ought to remain the single gateway to eight of the city’s elite high schools has become a hotly daebated issue.
Two bills being debated in Albany would require multiple criteria — including middle school attendance records, grade point averages and state test scores — play a role in admissions decisions.
(BPT) - With school back in session, you might hear your kids talking about the activities they get to do in class, on field trips or in after-school activities. To make all these extra adventures successful learning opportunities for your kids, they require financing and manpower. So what can you do to keep the extracurricular programs going strong?
Assemblywoman and Education Committee Chairwoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunyside) visited and took a tour of Voice Charter School located at 37-24 12 St. in Long Island City.
Nolan, right, went with Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a, left, to meet with students, teachers, staff and principal Franklin Headley, center, to review the school’s programs on Monday morning.
Nina Doster of Jamaica is one of several parents from throughout New York State hoping to bring about education reform by challenging the state’s tenure laws.
She is part of a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, Patience, 10, and son, King, 6, who attend PS 140 in Jamaica.
Derek Jeter has nothing on my pal Al, who has delivered packages for UPS now for 24 years, nine months, two weeks and three days, give or take. Al’s counting down to retirement, too.
No disrespect to Jeter. His stats over the last 20 years are so consistent as to be spectacular. He tops the Yankees all-time in at-bats and games played, among other categories, leaving Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle in his dust. He’s the definition of solid and reliable.
(NAPSI)—Kids learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing death from the 420,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of those victims die because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Further complicating the issue are the disparities among Latinos and African Americans, who are 30 percent less likely to have bystander CPR performed on them in an emergency, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. People who live in lower-income, African-American neighborhoods are 50 percent less likely to have CPR performed.
(BPT) - The first months of the school year are full of new lessons and experiences for children. While subjects like history, science and math aim to prepare kids for college and careers, there’s one vitally important educational goal that falls to parents to fulfill – financial education.
Last week I announced a way to reduce excessive standardized tests as part of Common Core while preserving the quality of learning and teaching in our classrooms. My proposal was developed over the course of several months by school superintendents and educators throughout our communities.
I believe we are testing our kids to extremes and robbing them of their creativity and curiosity. Classrooms are meant to be challenging incubators for learning and expression, not test-taking factories. Unfortunately, many today are void of teaching innovation and critical thinking because teachers and students are burdened by preparing for excessive standardized tests that promote learning through retention rather than learning by experience.
A common-sense pace of testing is essential to ensure that our students are learning what is being taught. But we cannot designate standardized test scores as the one predictor of future success for our students, teachers and school districts. Learning is a deeply personal experience, and we should be giving our teachers and students the classroom time they need in order to facilitate experiential learning.
That is why, with the help of school superintendents, I am introducing the Tackling Excessive Standardized Testing Act, which would allow states to choose an alternative testing schedule for grades 3 through 8. The TEST Act would reduce the number of tests students must take each year and ultimately give time back to educators to teach science, social studies, art, music and other subjects whose lessons are being cut short in order to prepare for testing.
Allotting the necessary time to foster a classroom atmosphere more conducive to creativity and collaboration will help relieve some of the stress testing places on students and teachers. It is simply common sense to allow states to choose an alternative testing schedule that curbs the number of tests students have to take while still reflecting their abilities and the effectiveness of school districts.
I have two adult daughters. One is involved in marketing for the pharmaceutical industry. The other is pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture. In other words, one is in pharma and the other a farmer. Excessive standardized tests could not possibly measure the potential and the needs that each had in pursuing her dreams.
We should test less and enrich more.
“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.