Nominations for the eighth annual Big Apple Awards are now open, says New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza–and you can nominate your kids’ favorite teachers and counselors through December 2. The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognition program that honors full-time teachers who “demonstrate strong teaching practices and enrich their school communities with strong, rigorous instruction.” Carranza said that great teachers deserve to be nominated and recognized because they change students’ lives.
This is part of an ongoing collaborative series between Chalkbeat and THE CITY investigating learning differences, special education and other education challenges in city schools.
The first emotion that often comes to mind as a working parent with a gifted child is guilt. You might be thinking: “My child must be upset when I’m not there to get her off the bus.” “I wish I could be there when he’s doing his homework.” “I wonder if she understands our family values when I am always at work.” That usually isn’t the case, though. In fact, as a working parent, you can use your chosen profession to enrich your child’s life—and learning.
HuffPost reports that WeGrow, WeWork’s private Manhattan school for kids ages 3-9 that opened in 2018, will close after this school year. WeWork has faced tumult recently in the aftermath of a failed IPO, an investor exodus, and a takeover announcement from parent company SoftBank. WeGrow opened in Chelsea last September and featured open classroom plans, natural light, and a unique curriculum that balanced traditional schoolwork with athletics like yoga and martial arts, as well as weekly field trips to an upstate farm to learn how to plant and harvest crops. Rebekah Neumann, co-founder of WeWork and CEO Adam Neumann’s husband, had helmed the school’s programs and focused on helping kids learn through play and interaction.
This year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza simplified the high school admissions process by eliminating the second round of applications students used to be responsible for each cycle. This year’s cycle will be more transparent and less nerve wracking for students–and it has officially begun. Students can apply online to the 12 high school programs they like best by December 2. If a student chooses not to apply to any specific school, he will receive an offer from the nearest school with available seats.
Beginning to look into colleges can be overwhelming for both you and your teen. It can be even more overwhelming if your child’s dream schools are far away, cost an arm and a leg to stay nearby, and come with hefty price tags if she does get in. But there are ways to get to, tour, and learn more about colleges without breaking the bank. Ashley Boucher, a representative for Sallie Mae, is here with tips for touring your child’s dream schools on a budget.
This July, Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle implemented its STEM education program for junior students and a house system. The STEM program was established to help students in all grade levels build camaraderie, hone research skills, connect with mentors, be prepared for a job in almost any field, and create leadership opportunities, according to director of campus ministry Sean D'Alfonso. Iona Prep hopes the house system will help its students build a brotherhood that transcends grade levels.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced plans for the Imagine Schools NYC Challenge, a plan to use a public-private partnership to create 40 new city schools, on October 3. The challenge encompasses the creation of 20 new “Imagine” high schools and the transformation of 20 existing “Reimagine” middle and elementary schools across all five boroughs. There will be at least one new high school in each borough. The challenge aims to empower educators, students, families, and communities to work together to build a school system that will better support everyone.
The Blue Man Group put on its first performance for kids at Astor Place Theatre on October 4. These performances will be available on an ongoing basis for school groups, scout troops, and any group of kids who express interest. The performances aim to teach kids about STEAM by incorporating science and art experiments, while encouraging a sense of curiosity, creativity, and exploration of the physical world. Kids also learn about the history of the Blue Man Group. Groups in the audience are covered in plastic wrap and neon headgear to protect from flying paint. The Blue Men select certain kids to come up on stage and participate in interactive experiments, skits, and an art project.
There are myriad options for parents who want their children to learn a second (or third or fourth) language, from after-school activities and in-school classes to international and bilingual schools. But the most successful way to become proficient in another language is learning through immersion, according to Sharon Huang, founder of HudsonWay Immersion School, a Spanish and Mandarin full-immersion school with campuses in New Jersey and Manhattan.
P.S. 101Q in Forest Hills has been awarded a national blue ribbon for being among the highest performing schools in New York, the US Department of Education announced on Sept. 26. 101Q is one of eight schools in NYC to receive this distinction, and the only one in Queens. Blue Ribbons “affirm the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content," according to the DOE.
Beautiful Minds Child Care took over the location of a previous day care business in July and is bringing many unique changes to day care options for kids in Queens. The Queens childcare center teaches kids through a creative curriculum with thematic units, so all lessons are structured around a weekly theme that includes new vocabulary and projects.
UPDATED October 2019: School is quickly approaching, and you still have things to do before your child goes back to school. Prepare for back-to-school season in Brooklyn with a wide range of programs, services, and schools for kids, including after-school programs such as gymnastics, music classes, sports teams and programs, tutors and academic enrichment, art classes, child care, fitness programs, cooking classes, dance programs, and martial arts; doctors and dentists; private, college prep, and parochial schools; uniform stores and resources; and nursery schools, day cares, and preschools. These resources and venues are located throughout Brooklyn, in neighborhoods such as Greenpoint, Canarsie, Flatlands, Coney Island, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Red Hook, Flatbush, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Bed-Stuy, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Sheepshead Bay, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Midwood, Dumbo, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg.
UPDATED October 2019: Why limit your child’s learning to school during regular hours when Brooklyn offers many unique learning opportunities and stimulating educational lessons outside of school? Whether your child is interested in math and science, passionate about art, or needs tutoring in math, science, writing, or reading, we have found local centers to fit the need of every child who is struggling in school. Our guide features academic enrichment programs and tutors in Brooklyn, including after-school and weekend instruction for reading, math, language, STEM, and more in Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Sheepshead Bay, East Flatbush, and Boerum Hill.
UPDATED October 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas, while other children need more challenging curriculum because they are in a gifted and talented program. Sometimes children who are doing fine in school want a little extra learning to get ahead in a subject, while other children just need help preparing for the SAT, ACT, Regents, or state exams. If your child falls into one of these categories, a tutoring program, academic enrichment program, or test prep program in Queens could be just right for you. So consult our comprehensive list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, gifted and talented programs, and test prep centers in Queens to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located in Fresh Meadows, Elmhurst, Auburndale, Floral Park, Bayside, and Forest Hills, as well as locations in Manhattan and on nearby Long Island.
UPDATED October 2019: Looking for after-school academic enrichment classes and programs for your child in pre-K to 12th grade in Queens? This directory provides you with a broad range of resources, including after-school enrichment classes that offer additional support in reading, writing, and math. Additionally, there are programs geared specifically toward both gifted and talented children, as well as academic enrichment classes for children with special needs (including ABA therapy and speech therapy). Classes and at-home tutoring services are available to prepare children for a variety of tests including the ELA, Regents, state, and standardized college admission tests such as the ACT, PSAT and SAT. Have a STEM enthusiast? You’ll also find classes in web design, front end development, and coding. And for foreign language and writing enthusiasts there are Spanish classes and a creative writer’s workshop. These after-school academic enrichment classes and programs are located throughout Queens and the surrounding area such as, including locations in Bayside, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills, Woodside, Middle Village, Auburndale, Floral Park, Rego Park, Whitestone, and Elmhurst, as well as on nearby Long Island, including Roslyn Heights, Huntington Station, Melville, Brookville, and Great Neck.
UPDATED October 2019: Look no further to find the perfect academic enrichment program, tutor, or test prep center for your child in Rockland County and Bergen County, NJ! This detailed and updated list of after-school and weekend classes, programs, and activities includes early childhood programs and day cares, religious after-school programs, and tutoring and learning centers, specializing in all levels of math, reading, writing, STEM, chemistry, physics, study skills, and test prep for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, Regents, and other standardized tests. These academic enrichment programs are located across Rockland and Bergen counties, including Pearl River, New City, Pomona, Nanuet, Suffern, Upper Nyack, and Westwood and Ridgewood, NJ.
UPDATED October 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas. Sometimes children who are doing fine in school want a little extra learning to get ahead in a subject, while other children just need help preparing for the SAT, ACT, Regents, or state exams. If your child falls into one of these categories, a tutoring program, academic enrichment program, or test prep program in Manhattan could be just right for you. So consult our comprehensive list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, and test prep centers in Manhattan to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located on the Upper East Side, Midtown, Battery Park City, Chelsea, Midtown, Harlem, Gramercy, and Upper West Side, as well as tutors in Queens.
UPDATED October 2019: Help your child excel in school or prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT for high school students to transition into college or Regents exams by finding tutors, after-school test prep classes, college prep courses, and academic enrichment programs in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island to keep their minds sharpened and challenged. Tutors can provide homework help, 1-on-1 instruction, and focused learning in subjects such as math, English, writing, reading, vocabulary, STEM, study skills, and more. Find tutors in Cedarhurst, Great Neck, Hicksville, Lynbrook, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Roslyn Heights Williston Park in Nassau County and Huntington and Smithtown in Suffolk County.
UPDATED October 2019: Children who are struggling in school can lose the motivation to try in specific subject areas. Sometimes children who are doing fine in school want a little extra learning to get ahead in a subject, while other children just need help preparing for the SAT, ACT, Regents, or state exams. If your child falls into one of these categories, a tutoring program, academic enrichment program, or test prep program in Brooklyn could be just right for you. So consult our list of tutors, academic enrichment programs, and test prep centers in Brooklyn to find the perfect program for your child. These services are located in Sheepshead Bay, Park Slope, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Midwood, and Gravesend.