Posts tagged "poster reader"
June 1, 2012
Being an active parent in the New York City public schools is practically a family tradition for GothamSchools reader Ayanna Behin, the winner of our reader survey drawing.
Behin’s grandmother went to Hunter College High School before continuing onto Hunter College, and her grandfather went to Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx before attending New York University and Harvard Law School.
“When they were done with high school, they could speak Greek, they could speak Latin,” Behin said. “They had poetry galore memorized, they knew how to think, and they had a core knowledge.”
But because they were West Indian immigrants, her grandparents’ parents had to fight to to keep their children from getting tracked into non-college preparatory classes.
“So even then their parents had to go to school and know people,” she said.
Behin’s daughter Marley represents the fourth generation in her family to attend New York City public schools (fifth if you count Marley’s great-great-grandfather, who went to City College). Marley is a student in the inaugural kindergarten class at Urban Assembly Academy for Arts and Letters in Clinton Hill. (more…)
October 14, 2010
Last summer, the director of development and partnerships at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women, Mara Lewin-Tankel, wanted to bring her school into the social networking age. She set up Facebook and Twitter accounts. And when she looked for stories about the city schools to share, she found GothamSchools.
Since then, Lewin-Tankel has checked the site almost daily. (She also was kind enough to fill out our reader survey, and lucky enough to win the gift certificate we dangled as an incentive.)
She’s a pretty typical GothamSchools reader in lots of ways. She works in a school, loves the morning headline round-up, and has even already passed a posting she saw on our new jobs board along to a friend.
And, like most of those who filled out the reader survey, she has some helpful tips about what we could be doing better. Her advice is to spend more time comparing policies in practices in New York City to what other school districts are doing around the country. (more…)