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Building Social-Emotional Competence for Lifelong Success: In the end, students must sit in the driver’s seat and put SEL skills into action

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National Association of Secondary School Principals

February 13, 2018
Despite the rise of high-stakes testing in K– 12 education as a means to compare students' academic proficiency, an inconvenient detail continues to hold true: Student grades, not their scores on standardized tests, remain the best predictor for achievement in high school and beyond. This is because grades do much more than assess a student's mastery of the curriculum; they reflect a student's ability to delay gratification and focus on studying, cooperate effectively during group work, manage their time, and ask for help. In short, grades reflect a student's social-emotional competence to a much larger extent than standardized tests do. It i
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Straight Up Conversation: Urban Assembly CEO Kristin Kearns-Jordan

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Education Week

January 26, 2018
Kristin Kearns-Jordan is the CEO of Urban Assembly, a nonprofit that serves a family of public high schools in New York City. During her 25-year career in education, Kristin has worked with a mentoring and financial aid program for NYC high schoolers while founding the School Choice Scholarships Foundation and Bronx Preparatory Charter School. I recently had the chance to chat with Kristin about Urban Assembly, what they do, and some of the challenges they've faced on timely questions like graduation rates and school discipline. Here's what she had to say. Rick Hess: Kristin, thanks for taking the time. So,
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College Enrollment Isn’t the Only Goal at This New York High School. A High-Paying Job Is, Too

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Education Post

January 26, 2018
A recent New York City high school fair for career and technical education—otherwise known as CTE—offered a brief glimpse to students and parents of what high school education should be. Prospective students roamed from table to table, surrounded by robots, jet engines, firefighting gear, mock trial demonstrations and freshly baked cookies (advertising one school’s culinary program). Individually, each attraction represented a different New York City CTE high school. Collectively, they represented a radically different vision for high school, one in which students learn by doing the work of real professionals, instead of sitting in rows l
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A high school on the harbor: tying knots, building boats, getting ahead

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Fox 5 NY

January 26, 2018
NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - If you've got a rope keep it handy. It is not every day we get to sit in with a teacher of the year specializing in maritime skills. Actually, never, this is a first for us. What Brendan Malone was teaching on this day at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on Governors Island is the bowline knot, called the king of knots since it is used to hold even the largest of ships in place. He even makes students practice behind their back, on one foot. And why is
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New York's free college program comes with a big catch: Students who fall off track risk losing their scholarships

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Chalkbeat NY

December 7, 2017
With thousands of college students about to finish their first semester under New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship Program, advocates, critics and researchers will be looking closely at one crucial question: How did they do? The new scholarship — which provides free college tuition at state public schools to students whose families make less than $100,000 a year — is the first program in the nation in which a state offers free tuition at four-year colleges. But the program has also been criticized for its many restrictions, including strict credit requirements and an obligation to live and work i
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