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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 #StatsDay2020


October 19, 2020
In honor of #StatsDay2020 we sat down (virtually) with James Hui, UA’s School Support Data Manager, to find out a little more about the philosophy that undergirds his data-diving and number-crunching. Read more: To know James Hui is to be a little shocked that he once dreamed of being an accountant. Picturing the UA’s resident extrovert toiling away solo on balance sheets or tax forms just doesn’t seem to fit. But follow his journey from that original career plan to now, and you’ll see exactly how those two seemingly divergent sides of James work so effectively togethe
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UA Alumna Pierina Ortiz and Volunteers Of Legal Service


Melissa Stern

September 21, 2015
I was introduced to the VOLS Dream Not Deferred Project by a staff member of The Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, which is the high school I attended. VOLS partners with my school to provide free legal assistance for immigrant youth, and I was provided with these services. The help I received from VOLS during this application process was tremendous. We held continuous meetings with the lawyer and my family was informed and supported during every step of the way. We were part of the process from filling out the applications and thinking about strategy. Our lawyer helped us
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