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January 2, 2019
How I Lead: This Staten Island principal offers advice on misunderstood middle schoolers — and how a school takes care of its own
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July 3, 2018
‘We didn’t have options’: A new Staten Island charter school aims to fill a gap for students with dyslexia
The elementary school was approved by the Board of Regents in June, and it’s set to be the first charter school in the state — and among only a few public schools nationwide — devoted to educating children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
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September 11, 2014
Two teacher tenure lawsuits are combined, but not in harmony
Two teacher tenure lawsuits have officially been combined, but representatives from the two cases don't seem to be getting along.
May 15, 2013
Chancellor Walcott goes to Staten Island
He’ll be touring the Doctor’s Hospital site, which will be the new home of P.S. 48 this fall after closing to patients in 2003. From…
February 12, 2013
Actually, N.Y. did okay one city school's teacher evaluation plan
Staten Island's John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School is the only school in the city and the only charter school in the state with a state-approved teacher evaluation plan. In the aftermath of New York City's failed teacher evaluation negotiations, a small detail has gone unnoticed: There actually is one city school with a state-approved teacher evaluation system. Surprised? "We were surprised, too," said Ken Byalin, president of John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, a Staten Island secondary school with an emphasis on serving students with emotional challenges. "When we saw there were no approved plans by charter schools, we thought, 'Oh my god, what are we doing?'” Byalin said. “We were out in front in a way we hadn’t expected to be." Though alone among charter schools, Lavelle is hardly the only school in the state to beat the city Department of Education to creating a teacher evaluation system: More than 700 districts did. But as the smallest school in the state to write a system in line with the state's requirements, Lavelle offers a unique look inside what teacher evaluation requires.
December 13, 2012
Staten Island schools affected by Sandy get high-profile visitors
UFT President Michael Mulgrew (left) and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan toured a storm-swept area of Staten Island between school visits today. After Hurricane Sandy devastated Staten Island, New Dorp High School sprang into action. Under the leadership of Principal Deidre DeAngelis, the school turned into a command center for the area, hosting a school displaced by the storm, drumming up donations from alumni, and distributing food, clothing, and blankets to students and staff members who needed them. On Thanksgiving, New Dorp hosted a dinner for 650 families. "Matt cooked until he couldn't cook anymore," DeAngelis said about the school's culinary arts teacher, Matthew Hays. "We were so appreciative that we got help when no one else was helping us," said Amanda Delapena, the student body vice president whose home was heavily damaged. "I thought the story of what this school has done needs to be told," UFT President Michael Mulgrew said during a visit to the school this morning. At his invitation, U.S. Secretary of Education also visited the school, along with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Ernest Logan, president of the principals union.
May 9, 2012
New Dorp students redesign their campus for small communities
PHOTO: Scott ElliottIn students' rendering, a freestanding Law and History Institute at New Dorp High School would have the Constitution emblazoned on one outer wall. If students at New Dorp High School could redesign their campus, the interiors would feature theme park-sized slides instead of stairs and glass and movie screens instead of walls and ceilings. They would make those changes to reflect the themes and character of the school's eight "Small Learning Communities." SLCs — essentially small schools-within-schools with different academic focuses — are gaining traction as a model for structuring large high schools, and the city is laying groundwork to introduce the model to several of those slated for "turnaround" this year. Proponents say breaking the schools down into smaller units gives them a small-school feel without requiring closure or more drastic changes. But the small learning communities can struggle to define themselves in a space that often looks and feels just as it did before they were created. This issue has been the focus of a collaboration between architecture students at the Pratt Institute and a handful of students from New Dorp High School, which restructured its classes into Small Learning Communities in 2005. Students from several SLCs joined up with teams from Pratt this year to imagine how each SLC might look if they were redesigned as standalone wings of the Staten Island campus.
December 16, 2009
Following protests, panel meeting is moved to Brooklyn Tech
A meeting to determine the fate of schools marked for closure is being moved from Staten Island to Brooklyn after parents and teachers protested that some would have to travel over two hours to attend. The Panel for Educational Policy meeting, where members will vote on the Department of Education's proposals to close 20 schools, will be held at Brooklyn Technical High School at the same date and time. The majority of the panel's members are appointed by the mayor, and have never voted down any of the department's proposals. "In response to concerns about the location of the January panel meeting, the DOE has decided to hold the meeting at Brooklyn Tech and we will reschedule a meeting in Staten Island at a later date," said DOE spokeswoman Ann Forte.
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