Feature stories

October 4, 2018

A Bronx visionary

Alhassan Susso, who teaches global history at the International Community HS in Mott Haven, has been named the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year. He draws on his own personal history of overcoming challenges to inspire and motivate his immigrant students.

September 6, 2018

The power of words

Students from Manhattan's Maxine Greene HS for Imagination and Inquiry brought history to life through the words of minorities, the working poor, immigrants, rebels and dissenters, at a Lincoln Center performance that capped their two-year AP government project called Voice's of a People's History of the United States.

RX for success

The intent young scientists in sterile lab coats, masks and gloves laboring at busy lab stations like professional researchers are actually 11th-graders at Union Square Academy for Health Sciences, the only high school in New York City with a pharmaceutical program.

Sailing through history

From their close encounter with a 22,500-pound anchor to nautical artifacts from the early 1800s to lessons about how ship technology has evolved, Brooklyn Arbor School students were fascinated by a class trip to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and its “Ingenius Innovations” exhibit.

July 5, 2018

Hitting all the high notes

Music is lifting up students at PS 91 in University Heights in the Bronx — not just emotionally but academically, too.

Meeting heroes

PS 204 staff invite local veterans, service men and women and police and firefighters to be part of the school’s Veterans Appreciation Day tradition, and many return year after year.

Rockin’ the Runway

At Teachers Rock the Runway at union headquarters on May 31, student designers from programs at Maxwell, the HS of Art & Design and the HS of Fashion Industries presented their creations, designed for all body types at a fashion show organized by the union.

Soap Box Derby

At the Soap Box Derby on June 10 at the Petrides School complex on Staten Island, some 80 cars built by students representing 40 schools competed for six spots in the national event this July in Ohio.

The ‘wonder’ years

Science teacher Travis Sloane’s conception of science is “phenomenon-based.” Rather than exploring scientific ideas in isolation, students at PS 267 on the Upper East Side start out by observing real-world phenomena. 
“They look at things that happen on the planet on a regular basis and ask why,” Sloane says. “Then, they conduct investigations and explorations. They’re asking questions to find answers, like real scientists.”

Big Apple Awards

“We’re home to New York’s finest, New York’s strongest, New York’s bravest and now New York’s brightest,” said Tómas Hanna, the Department of Education’s chief human resources officer, as he addressed the recipients of the sixth annual Big Apple Awards at DOE headquarters on June 14. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 6,500 nominees.

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