About 135 teachers, education advocates, administrators, students, and friends gathered for Chalkbeat’s back-to-school event on Tuesday night for conversation, new connections, and live story-telling.

The night included a first look at Chalkbeat New York’s new partnership with StoryCorps. Attendees heard stories from New York City teachers and an eighth-grade student from a Harlem charter school, plus guests were encouraged to share their own education stories with us.

Click here to listen to the live story-share between Democracy Prep Charter Middle School teacher Noah Mackert and his former student, Kristophe Yen.

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Ruth Mesfun, a computer science teacher at Excellence Girls Charter School Middle Academy (middle) speaks with Chalkbeat Managing Editor Philissa Cramer (left) and Teach for America communications director Katie Ware.
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Christopher Caruso, who heads the city education department’s community schools office, speaks with event attendees.
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Chalkbeat CEO and co-founder Elizabeth Green (left) welcomes attendees with Chalkbeat New York bureau chief Sarah Darville (middle) and Laura Neish, of StoryCorps (right).
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Noah Mackert, an English teacher at Democracy Prep Charter Middle School in Harlem, talks with one of his former students, eighth-grader Kristophe Yen at Chalkbeat New York’s back-to-school event in October.
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Harvest Collegiate High School teachers Andy Snyder (left) and Stephen Lazar (right) share stories about their students.
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Educators 4 Excellence digital manager Justin Lam speaks with Teach for America communications director Katie Ware.
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Chalkbeat New York senior reporter Geoff Decker speaks with David Bloomfield, an education professor at Brooklyn College and The CUNY Grad Center.
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Christian Clarke, an English teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, speaks with Laura Neish (middle) and Anne Vierse (right) of StoryCorps.
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Class Size Matters founder and executive director Leonie Haimson (left) speaks with Chalkbeat CEO and co-founder Elizabeth Green.