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A Spotlight on Kandra Knowles: Prioritizing Wellness through Social Emotional Learning, Research, and Advocacy


May 14, 2021
Kandra works closely with the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Department to support the continual assessment of the Resilient Scholars Program (RSP) across Urban Assembly Schools. This program aims to ensure effective implementation and sustainability of an SEL framework to empower students academically and developmentally. Kandra also provides research support for schools in measuring how effective they are with implementing SEL. Kandra’s passion for SEL, as demonstrated by her research and work with educators, comes from a desire to ensure that people have the capacity to live their best lives as their best selves. Born in the Bahamas, Kandra k
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Celebrating Math & Statistics Awareness Month


April 14, 2021
In honor of Math and Statistics Awareness Month, we sat down with Rodolpho Loureiro, the UA’s Math Program manager. Rodolpho supports teachers across the UA network in math instruction, curricular needs, data literacy, and runs the UA’s signature Algebra Success Program. Prior to joining the UA, he served in numerous school-based roles, including being a math teacher, grade level dean, and a Principal. Check out what the double-ivy league math wiz has to share about his journey and the importance of student-centered math education Where did you grow up? I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, right und
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Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities - SEL Day 2021


March 22, 2021
NEWS RELEASE Contact: Raine Martin For Immediate Release Director of Advancement March 17, 2021 Urban Assembly 646-278-4383 Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities - SEL Day 2021 JOIN THOUSANDS OF EDUCATORS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD IN CELEBRATING THE 2ND ANNUAL SEL DAY ON MARCH 26TH NEW YORK (NY), March 2021 - On Friday, March 26th, thousands of educators, community organizers, and individuals around the world will celebrate the second annual International Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. Spearheaded by the Urban Assembly and SEL4US, this year’s theme, Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities, recognizes and reinforces the ways in which individuals, schools, a
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Black History Month: Honoring BIPOC School Leadership


February 24, 2021
Roony Vizcaino is not just a New York City Public School Principal. He is the dream of our public school system - living, breathing, championing, and replicating what is possible when opportunity is offered and taken. Growing up between the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn - depending on where the rent was due - Principal Viz (as he’s known to his school community), was educated in the same classrooms he leads today. As a man of color, Viz remembers his opportunities felt limited. There were no people in school leadership that looked like him, and no one was looking for a
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NYC School Reformer Takes On Admissions Testing


Wall Street Journal

February 11, 2021
In 1993, the students at Washington Elementary School in Union, N.J., were asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” in a questionnaire for the school’s yearbook. David Adams —a Black fourth-grader who had been rejected that year by the school’s gifted and talented program—wrote “teacher” in the blank. “I wanted to be part of building up my community, and I saw education as a really important way to do that,” Mr. Adams said. The 36-year-old will get that chance on March 1, when he takes over as the CEO of the Urban As
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