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Statement: The Urban Assembly Supports Accelerating Learning, the Phasing Out of Gifted and Talented for NYC’s Early Learners, and Equity in Schools


October 8, 2021
As a network of unscreened, career-themed schools in New York City, the Urban Assembly (UA) supports the NYC DOE’s decision to phase out NYC’s gifted and talented program. We applaud the decision to end this longstanding strategy that has facilitated racial and economic stratification, with little evidence of academic or behavioral gains for students within these programs. We welcome the decision to replace the now existing gifted and talented program with an “accelerator” program where all early learners across the city can engage in innovative learning that strengthens their critical thinking skills and places the onus of the quality
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UA CEO Authors Book Chapter on Teacher Social-Emotional Competencies and Instructional Outcomes


June 22, 2021
Urban Assembly CEO David Adams recently published a chapter in Handbook of Research on Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Literacy Education. Read more about the chapter's content below: Instructional Interactions and Literacy: Supporting Classroom Instruction Through Teacher Social-Emotional Skill Development By David Adams, Bridget Hamre, Lawrence Farmer Teacher social emotional competence has been connected to literacy development as well as broader academic outcomes through the domains of Emotional Support and Classroom Organization of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Despite these findings, teacher development has yet to place an emphasis on social emotional skill development in line with such
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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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