On February 7, celebrated photographer, Jonathan Mannion, recognized for his iconic images of rap’s most influential figures, joined FES in hosting the inaugural “Think Possible” workshop. About the #DontStealPossible movement, Mannion says, “This is something that is close to my heart, and a passion point, so it’s easy to get involved with the betterment of the kids.” His passion was evident throughout the day, as Mannion guided the participating families through his creative process, capturing some endearing moments along the way.
America’s favorite weatherman, Al Roker, will host the next “Think Possible” workshop! Al will share his expertise and the science behind his profession by leading participants in a first-ever workshop on presenting the weather and meteorology. The audience will also have the opportunity to interact with a green screen set-up and present the weather themselves!
Amid Hundreds of Failing Schools in New York City, Barely 5% of High-Poverty, Majority of-Color Schools Show Progress in Helping Students Succeed Read More
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Last spring, when my daughter, Shaylee, was in second grade, I asked her teacher at Public School 63 in the Bronx to leave her back. Shaylee had struggled with reading and math since kindergarten, and I felt she was not ready to be promoted to third grade.
The teacher said no – no child ever failed in that classroom, and Shaylee was going to pass, contrary to my wishes.
The problem is that she went to a school where thousands of kids failed every year.
A coalition of Bronx elected officials led by Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. and State Assemblymen Marcos Crespo, Michael Blake, and Mark Gjonaj joined prominent clergy leaders and dozens of Bronx parents in front of Girls Prep Bronx Charter School on Wednesday morning to call on Albany to press ahead with bold action to end a statewide education crisis that traps 65,000 Bronx students in failing schools. Read More
Teachers play an important role in our children’s success. This is something we all can agree on. But in New York State, public schoolteachers are managed by laws that hurt our kids’ chances at success. My own daughter’s education has suffered because of rules that don’t make any sense.
There’s a lot of important, nuanced debate to be had between the most optimistic education reformers and those who are more skeptical. But I think there are many, though of course not all, on the education reform critic side who tie themselves in knots telling inconsistent stories about education in this country. So here are the most common paradoxes of that movement.
Parents gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday morning to criticize New York City's neglect of its failing schools crisis and to call on the State Education Department to immediately take over 40 of the city's failing district and charter schools. The announcement, which is the first organized call for the state to assume control of New York City schools, is a searing indictment of the Department of Education's refusal to addressing a failing schools crisis that traps 143,000 children in broken schools. Read More