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Sara Daum: Dir., Children’s Academy & Clinical Dir., McCarton Center

Interviewed By Dr. Pola Rosen. Transcribed By Valentina Cordero
Sara Daum, Director of the Children’s Academy and Clinical Director of the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics discusses speech & language development....READ INTERVIEW
Windward SchoolWindward School Hosts Panel on Dyslexia
By Rich Monetti
The Windward School in White Plains hosted a dyslexia panel before an audience of parents, teachers and students and screened the HBO documentary, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”. Among the subjects featured were some very high-profile dyslexics such as Richard Branson....READ MORE


Dwight SchoolDwight School Opens New Athletic Center and Launches Model Community Partnership
By Sybil Maimin
The Dwight School opened its new athletic center, a product of a partnership with the East River Landing Cooperative and extensive renovations to the co-op’s sports facility, which will be used to expand Dwight’s athletics programs....READ MORE


Review of ‘10 Lessons From New York City Schools: What Really Works to Improve Education’
By Merri Rosenberg
In his new book, Eric Nadelstern shares practical advice for improving education culled from years of experience as a classroom teacher, principal, superintendent and deputy chancellor with the NYC Department of Education....READ REVEW
Review of ‘Mission To Teach: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator’
By Merri Rosenberg
A father’s tribute in this intimate biography/memoir is a vivid portrait of a dynamic, brave young woman who overcame personal challenges and held true to her vision of what education could be, and whose luminous spirit touched the lives of all who encountered her until her death at age 31....READ REVIEW


The Dean and the Dolphins

By Jacob M. Appel, MD, JD
Psychiatrists from Mount Sinai’s medical school provided the gravitas and Israeli dolphins the entertainment this past June as the UJA-Federation of New York’s Mental Health Professionals Division honored Dennis S. Charney, the Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine....READ MORE


No Place‘No Place On Earth’: Astonishing New Holocaust Survival Tale
By Jan Aaron
For educators looking for a new inspiring story when teaching about the Holocaust, a must see movie is Janet Tobias’ “No Place on Earth,” an amazing tale of two Jewish families which survived by living underground!....READ REVIEW


NYU Steinhardt Ed Policy Breakfast 2013
By Valentina Cordero
NYU's The third and final meeting of the academic year focused on common core standard and educational issues.....READ MORE
College Commencement Speakers Around the Nation 2013
By Valentina Cordero
All about commencement: Why some colleges chose particular graduation speakers, like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, plus the history and meaning behind academic regalia.....READ MORE
University Latin Mottos
By Valentina Cordero
Some of the most beautiful latin mottos representing colleges and universities throughout the U.S....READ MORE


Dwight SchoolFrom STEM to STE(A)M: A New Initiative at Dwight School
Answering Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda's clarion call to make the connection between STEM and the arts, Dwight School is doing just that — and making that connection explicit through a new "From STEM to STE(A)M" initiative. To kick off this exciting program, Dwight School is hosting a signature event.....READ MORE
Outward Bound & Harvard Grad Ed School Found Expeditionary Learning
By Gillian Granoff
Expeditionary Learning curricula empower their students to be their own leaders and to explore and preserve the foundation of traditional academics on a non-traditional journey....READ MORE
Twitter12 Tips for Using Twitter in the Classroom
By Starr Sackstein, NBCT
They're under desks. In hoodie front pouches. In giant purses, lurking in boots or even undercover in a binder. Phones are out. They aren't supposed to be, but students are covertly examining Facebook, Twitter and other personal "non-school" media on school time....READ MORE
From Israel to New York: Top Sci-Tech Students Share Inventions
By Valentina Cordero
Israeli high school students present their original science-technology inventions in NYC....READ MORE


Teachers CollegeA Party of Historic Proportions: Teachers College Celebrates 125 Years
Teachers College, Columbia University — the nation’s oldest and largest graduate school of education — is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding throughout 2013. TC, as it is known, has been home to some of the biggest names in education and a host of related fields....READ MORE
Hunter CollegeIke Reconsidered at Hunter College Symposium
By Valentina Cordero
The Roosevelt House Policy Institute at Hunter College recently held a conference called “Ike Reconsidered: Lessons from The Eisenhower Legacy for the 21st Century”. The project, organized in collaboration with the Eisenhower Foundation, not only focused on the current policy....READ MORE
Baruch College and Rubin Museum of ArtHigher Education, Museums, and Technology: the 21st Century Formula for Innovation
By Mohammad Ibrar
The Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project hosted a conference on how art institutions and higher education can collaborate to help prepare students for 21st Century careers and encourage innovation and successful....READ MORE


TEDxNYED 2013: Education and Technology Inside-Outside Schools
By Mohammad Ibrar
The fourth annual TEDxNYED Conference was organized around the theme of “Inside-Outside,” focusing on topics about education from inside and outside schools and the ramifications of technology in education.....READ MORE
Pomp & Circumstance Reigns Supreme at the Time Warner Building
Ann Tisch's CollegeBound Initiative makes college a reality for underserved NYC HS students....READ MORE



Lisa S. CoicoDr. Lisa S. Coico: President, The City College of NY
Dr. Lisa S. Coico, president of The City College of NY, is a nationally prominent educator and researcher in microbiology and immunology and former Provost and EVP of Academic Affairs at Temple University, is the 12th President of The City College of New York. A native of Brooklyn, President S. Coico earned a B.S.....READ MORE
Dr. Mary M. Brabeck: Dean, NYU Steinhardt School
Dr. Mary M. Brabeck is dean of NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and professor of Applied Psychology and has won numerous awards for her leadership in the field....READ MORE
Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman: President, Teachers College
Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman is president of Teachers College, Columbia University and founding director and chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and president of the National Academy of Education....READ MORE

Jay Hershenson: Sr. Vice Chancellor for University Relations & Secretary of the Board of Trustees, CUNY
Jay Hershenson is Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York....READ MORE
Jennifer Raab, J.D.: President, Hunter College
Jennifer J. Raab is the 13th President of Hunter College, the largest college of the City University of New York....READ MORE


Emma Callie Frank, Future Teacher
Emma Callie Frank is an anthropology major and education minor at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio who aspires to be an administrator at a therapeutic pre-school....READ MORE
Matt Stern, Private Equity Investor
Matt Stern's college years thinking about the pros and cons of capitalism led him to his current career as a private equity investor....READ MORE
Ariana Salvatore, Future Businesswoman
Ariana Salvatore is a junior at Marymount School of New York and already preparing for a career in finance with an internship at JP Morgan Bank and her involvement in student government....READ MORE


Laurie TischLaurie M. Tisch:
President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

I’m very lucky to come from a strong family tradition of philanthropy. I was brought up in a house where philanthropy was part of the fabric and where my parents were incredibly generous, both financially and with their time. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t think about how....READ MORE
Joyce CowinJoyce Cowin: Philanthropist
This is not a career, but rather a “calling” to make certain this great Country never suffers the effects of the 2008 financial debacle. In 2008, this fantastic country of ours was almost brought to its knees because of the Sub Prime Real Estate disaster!!!!!! When I read about the thousands upon thousands of good, honest, hard working people all across the country, more prominently on....READ MORE
Christina PaxsonDr. Christina Paxson: President, Brown University
Like many people, I drew inspiration from my family members. My grandfather was an agronomy professor at the University of Tennessee, who did research on soil quality, soybeans and cowpeas. One of my uncles was an early computer scientist and director of Penn’s school of engineering. And, my mother went back to graduate....READ MORE
Kate HathawayKate Hathaway: Broadway Producer
While I loved my time as an actor, most recently in Steel Magnolias with Karen Ziemba, I felt that I wanted to get involved in theater in a broader way – to bring new projects to the stage. The best way to do that is to become a producer. First, while I had the desire to become a producer, I had to learn how to go about it. Fortunately, I was....READ MORE
Judith S. KayeJudith S. Kaye: Former Chief Judge of the State of New York
Maybe it’s what has driven me throughout my life: attaining the unattainable, not being negative, fierce determination to use my time and talents meaningfully. What else would explain coming from rural Sullivan County, age 15, to Barnard College in the wilds of New York City, convinced that in the shadow....READ MORE
Jeanne ShaheenJeanne Shaheen: U.S. Senator, NH
I was inspired to pursue a career in public service because I had a desire to make a difference. Growing up in the 1960’s, during the heart of the civil rights movement, I saw firsthand the opportunity to effect meaningful change. One of my first jobs was as a teacher at a newly integrated school in Mississippi, and I saw....READ MORE
Nan J. MorrisonNan J. Morrison: President & CEO, Council for Economic Education
Paying attention to deeper inclinations in myself and grace, or serendipity. I was a management consultant and senior partner at Accenture when I was asked by [former] NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to partner with his team on....READ MORE
Ellen FutterEllen Futter: President, American Museum of Natural History
A combination of good fortune, passion for the extraordinary places I have been privileged to serve, and the great people in my life. I went from being an associate at a law firm to becoming Acting President of Barnard College when I was just shy of my 30th birthday. I am an alumna....READ MORE
Judith HochmanDr. Judith Hochman: Author, Educator, Lecturer
My son had learning disabilities and, at the time, no one knew how to effectively remediate or even diagnose them. I had been a mainstream classroom teacher but decided to go to graduate school in an attempt to master my own anxiety by finding out more about his difficulties. I enrolled in Teachers College in the 1980’s and I was....READ MORE
Elizabeth ShwalElizabeth Shwal: WAVES '44, Barnard '51
Transcribed by Valentina Cordero

I went to Barnard on the GI Bill because I was out of the Navy after WWII. My rank was aviation machinist mate, AMM, 2C (second class). I was in for 33 months. I went in as soon as I was 20 - I had to be 20 to get in - and I came out when the president said it was time for the volunteers to get out. WAVES stands fo....READ MORE


Dwight School Baseball TeamDwight School Baseball Team Preps in Dominican Republic
By Richard Kagan
It’s baseball season again. While Major League Baseball clubs are “in the dog days” of spring training in Florida and Arizona, the present epicenter of the diamond is the Dominican Republic with the Quisqueyans sweeping their way to the 2013 World Baseball Classic championship....READ MORE
Kid BloggersDonated Computers Turn After Schoolers into Bloggers with a Cause
By Rich Monetti
Through the generosity of one very community-minded individual, the Mt. Kisco Childcare After School Program found itself the recipient of five brand new PCs. As the computers appeared, excitement emerged....READ MORE


New Media Art Showcase in NYC
By Sybil Maimin
We have all seen 24-hour video installations in department store windows, been mesmerized by bright dancing snowflakes on building facades and experienced surround-sound and four-wall film projections in dark rooms in museums....READ MORE
Stuart W. Pyhrr Becomes Distinguished Research Curator at Metropolitan Museum
Pierre Terjanian Named Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge of the Department of Arms and Armor Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced two new appointments within its Department of Arms and Armor....READ MORE


CCNY Poetry Festival Features Hunter’s Tom Sleigh
Tom Sleigh, senior poet and director of Hunter College's creative writing MFA program, will be the featured guest poet for City College's 41st annual Poetry Festival, Friday, May 10....READ MORE


Swedish Medical Center is First in State to Perform Cutting-Edge Robotic Liver Procedure
Liver cancer patients in Colorado now have a highly specialized alternative when it comes to surgery. The Center for Diseases of Liver and Pancreas at Swedish Medical Center is the first in Colorado to offer patients the option of robotic liver resections....READ MORE


Rainu KaushalDr. Rainu Kaushal: Director, Health Informatics Master of Science at Weill Cornell Medical College
Inspiration for career path: I have wanted to be a physician and a scientist since I was a young child. As young as age 3, I would run around with a stethoscope around my neck....READ MORE


Edward WittenEminent String-Theorist Edward Witten Comes to Hunter College
By Dr. Pola Rosen
The Hunter College Writing Center CE was honored the other evening to host Edward Witten perhaps the world’s greatest string theorist as part of its “Great Thinkers Of Our Time,” series which will also feature Nobel laureate Sheldon Glashow....READ MORE
Touro CollegeTouro College of Pharmacy Students Travel to India to Run Health Camps in Poor Urban Communities
The women who had come to the makeshift “health camps” to see the student pharmacists from Harlem had ongoing pain in their bones. Some were so thin that their gaunt arms would not hold a...READ MORE


Dr. Christopher Rosa
2013 Unsung Hero Award

“Don’t worry Chris. Someday you’ll meet someone who’ll look past the wheelchair and see the real you.”...READ MORE


Dwight School Forges Innovative Community Partnership, Rejuvenating East Harlem Athletic Facility
By late spring this year, the East Harlem community and students at Dwight School will have a newly rejuvenated state-of-the-art sports facility, thanks to the school’s renovations and its new partnership with 1199 Housing Corporation....READ MORE

Columbia University Summer High School Programs: A Taste of College for High School Students
From digital filmmaking to string theory, courses offered through the School of Continuing Education drew high school students from around the U.S. and the world to Columbia over the summer....READ MORE


Harold S. KoplewiczGUEST EDITORIAL
Tragic Shooting in Connecticut

By Harold Koplewicz, MD
Weeks after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we still have no idea what might motivate a young man to open fire on first graders and the teachers trying desperately to save their students. We will probably never know. But as details slowly emerge about Adam Lanza and his family, we are getting glimpses....READ MORE


Dr. James KutschThe World of the Sightless:
Dr. James Kutsch

By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Arguably the grandest epic poem in the history of the English language, “Paradise Lost” (1651), was written when John Milton was blind. But the celestial light emanating from this iconic work only proves the deep truth that Milton expressed two years later in the essay....READ MORE
Dr. Sally Shaywitz,
Yale U School of Medicine

By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
“It’s time to call things what they really are,” declares neuroscientist Dr. Sally Shaywitz, the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at Yale University School of Medicine, and co-director....READ MORE
Patrick AndersonEducation Update Interviews Patrick Anderson, Gold Medal Paralympic Winner
Interview by Dr. Pola Rosen
Transcription By Erica Anderson

Patrick Anderson, a Canadian, went to the University of Illinois on a basketball scholarship and is a current Hunter student majoring in music. He demonstrates....READ MORE
Derek BraunA Proposal for Deaf Science Education
By Derek C. Braun, Ph.D.
We’ve seen a sudden increase and remarkable success in deaf scientists and physicians since 1980, including a MacArthur genius. This cannot be due to cochlear implants, because implantation in children was not widespread until the 1990s; most of the successful....READ MORE
Hunter College Provides Accessibility for All Students
By Valentina Cordero
A philosophy that promotes self-determination, self-advocacy and self-awareness exists for students with disabilities in New York City in a comprehensive accessible environment.....READ MORE


New York Historical SocietyVIdeo New-York Historical Society Embarks on a New Era
Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, along with Dr. Sharon Dunn, Vice President of Education for the New-York Historical Society is interviewed by Education Update publisher Dr. Pola Rosen....WATCH VIDEO & READ ARTICLE


ColumbiaDoctors in the Heart of Midtown
By Mohammad Ibrar
Late January marked the official opening of ColumbiaDoctors Midtown, a state-of-the-art medical facility with more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties ranging from Neurology and Dentistry to Cardiology and Orthopedics....READ MORE


Review of ‘Living Desert’ by Dana Buckley
By Merri Rosenberg
I’ve never seen the allure of the desert. One of my good friends spends weeks at a time in Arizona, rhapsodic about the beauty of the landscape, the climate, the entire experience. As for me, give me the Atlantic Ocean and a South Florida beach any day when I need an escape from New York’s biting winters....READ MORE


History Teacher of the YearVIdeo National History Teacher of the Year 2012 - Joshua Bill
National History Teacher of the Year 2012 (Joshua Bill), selected by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, held at the Frederick Douglas Academy in NYC. Featuring Caroline Kennedy, Dr. James Basker-President, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and students of Joshua Bill (Eduardo Cruz and Maria Pettis)....WATCH VIDEO


IntrepidVIdeo A Visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the Hudson River in NYC
Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum & Dr. Nicole Vartanian, Director of Education at the Intrepid are interviewed by Education Update publisher Dr. Pola Rosen....WATCH VIDEO


CEI-PEAEducation Leaders Joe and Carol Reich Honored by Sy Fliegel and CEI-PEA
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
The occasion was a book party luncheon for philanthropists Joe and Carol Reich, the authors of the just-released “Getting to Bartlett Street: Our 25-year Quest to Level the Playing Field in Education” (February Books), but the....READ MORE
Ann TischAnn Tisch & YWLN Celebrate 6th Anniversary
In 1996, Ann and Andrew Tisch partnered with the New York City Board of Education to open The Young Women’s Leadership School (YWLS) of East Harlem — the first public all-girls school to open in the United States in 30 years. Their vision was to provide economically disadvantaged girls with a high-quality college preparatory....READ MORE
Fern KhanHEAF Turns Underserved NYC Students Into College Grads with Dr. Fern Khan at Helm
The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), a supplemental education nonprofit that provides afterschool, summer and weekend programs to empower underserved New York City students to pursue and obtain....READ MORE
Award-Winning Teachers Share Insights: The Technology Project
By Starr Sackstein
Producing a student-run publication is the perfect juggling act of direct, individuated instruction, leadership mentoring and technology usage...READ MORE
McGann-Mercy HS Student Fights Bigotry & Hatred
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County recognized a McGann-Mercy North High School student who has used his leadership position to encourage other students to treat everyone with dignity and respect....READ MORE


Arthur KatzCheating in School Should Not Be Tolerated
By Arthur Katz, Esq.

Recently, The New York Times printed a front-page article entitled “Stuyvesant Students Describe the How and the Why of Cheating.” Although it appears that large-scale cheating on important tests, such as Regents exams, are rare, the students interviewed for the article....READ MORE


Ilie WacsVIdeo The Journey from Vienna to Shanghai to Paris to NYC
Ilie Wacs, Artist and Fashion Designer is interviewed by Education Update publisher Dr. Pola Rosen about his new book, An Uncommon Journey, co-authored with his sister, Deborah Strobin.....WATCH VIDEO

Review of ‘The Community College Career Track: A Guide for High-Schoolers, Career-Changers, Parents and Advisors’
By Merri Rosenberg
Community colleges have gotten a lot of attention recently. Not only has President Barack Obama cited them as a cornerstone of an efficient and effective means of training people for whatever new economy awaits, but more and more families are taking a new look at community colleges because of sticker shock from traditional four-year colleges....READ MORE


Achieving Student Success in Community Colleges

By Jay Hershenson
In today’s highly competitive global economy, community college students must earn valued degrees as quickly and assuredly as possible.  Through academic advisement and financial aid support, block class and summer bridge programs, and greater emphasis on....READ MORE


Nobel Laureates, Activists Mobilize to End Rape and Gender Violence
By Mohammad Ibrar
The Women’s Media Center (WMC) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) hosted a conference at the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict....READ MORE
Robert Kennedy School Holds Classes at Metropolitan Hospital
Transcribed By Erica Anderson
Most of the kids that come to this hospital are runaways, kids with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and they just came to the hospital because the parents brought them in or they went to the precinct and the police brought them in....READ MORE
Peter Yarrow Shares Vision With Operation Respect
Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary fame, shared his vision for safe school environments, as well as his songs, at an event hosted by the Women’s League of Sutton Place Synagogue....READ MORE


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