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October 19, 2017
Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools
In a speech Thursday, Bill Gates said the foundation is about to launch a new, locally driven effort to help existing public schools improve.
May 18, 2016
Former principal named president of New Visions, the data-crunching nonprofit that helps run dozens of city schools
Former teacher and principal Mark Dunetz is taking the helm of New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit known for data-crunching that supports dozens of city schools.
February 17, 2016
After navigating leadership change at City Hall, New Visions prepares for one of its own
New Visions for Public Schools President Robert Hughes ran a school-system-within-a-school-system. Now, he's moving to the Gates Foundation.
November 11, 2015
How New York City is using Google Drive to revamp its struggling schools
The city is hoping that an easy-to-use tool built with Google Drive will enable struggling schools to make new use of student data.
A league of their own
May 8, 2015
Exclusive: Fariña to let some high schools opt out of her reorganization
Schools in those groups will be affiliated with like-minded high schools from across the city, while most schools are bound by their geographic districts.
February 13, 2015
How a few school-support groups created under Bloomberg survived Fariña’s overhaul
Several privately run school-support groups will continue under Fariña, but some are poised to play a bigger role than others.
into the weeds
January 22, 2015
Six things we don’t yet know about Fariña’s system overhaul
How will the new borough support centers work? Who pays for what? And what will happen to the nonprofits that help manage schools?
Politics & Policy
July 3, 2014
New report describes recipe for deputy chancellor’s success as Telecommunication principal
When Chancellor Carmen Fariña, a longtime teacher and principal of younger students, acknowledged her limited secondary-school cred in a February interview with Chalkbeat, she pointed to…
November 15, 2013
In award speech, Bloomberg calls principals "unsung heroes"
Though they haven't always seen eye to eye on education issues, Mayor Bloomberg's relationship with Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Ernie Logan is still in good shape as his third term comes to a close. Bloomberg's affection for principals and their union boss was on display this week during a speech at a gala event hosted by New Visions for New Public Schools. The education organization, which partnered with the Department of Education to create 100 small high schools and charter schools during Bloomberg's tenure, awarded him with its "Visionary Award." "He's going to be embarrassed when I tell you this," Bloomberg said. "But Ernie Logan, who is the president of the principals union, and his members have made an enormous difference." The remarks start about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video.
October 2, 2013
Five people who could be the next chancellor of New York City's schools
When the next mayor takes office on January 1, one of his first acts will likely be to choose a schools chancellor.
July 8, 2013
In her own words, a graduate who aims to use the arts to help
This is the second of two video profiles on students who received college scholarships from New Visions for Public Schools this year. Winners, who must attend high schools in the New Visions network, will receive up to $5,000 a year for all four years of college to pay for academic expenses. Read more about the nine other graduating seniors that New Visions honored. In a one-bedroom apartment in the West Bronx where Diamond Walker lives with her younger brother and mother, she talks about how it was sometimes difficult to get her work done. There's violence on her block, neighbors doing drugs in her hallway, and, with the library an unsafe walk away, nowhere quiet to study. "It's just really distracting and sometimes it's discouraging," said Walker, who graduated last month from the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics. "You're trying to do so much to make it better and it seems like nothing is going the right way."
July 2, 2013
Graduating senior battled obstacles to achieve independence
This is one of two video profiles on students who received college scholarships from New Visions for Public Schools this year. Winners, who must attend high schools in the New Visions network, will receive up to $5,000 a year for all four years of college to pay for academic expenses. Read more about the nine other graduating seniors that New Visions honored. Blanca Melendez used to hate school. Then she watched her sister, then a high school senior, win awards, graduate and go off to Sarah Lawrence College on nearly a full-ride scholarship.
July 2, 2013
New Visions honors graduating seniors who beat the odds
Salma Nakhlawi is one of 10 graduating seniors honored by New Visions for Public Schools for their accomplishments this year. Read about all of…
November 13, 2012
For some high school math teachers, a Common Core head start
Math teachers from New Visions schools gather for a Common Core training. (Courtesy Tim Farrell, New Visions) The city's teachers union has been clamoring for more time for teachers to prepare for the elementary and middle school state tests, which will be aligned to new curriculum standards this spring. Not so for the city's high school teachers, who have another year to prepare for new tests. The Department of Education is requiring high school teachers to align two units each semester this year to the Common Core. But beyond that, some teachers have said that without assessments to plan backwards from, they are at a loss about how to proceed, while others view the extra year as license to delay making more substantive changes. But some high school teachers are seeking out help with the Common Core now, reasoning that it’s smart to work with the new standards while there's still time to troubleshoot before students face tests based on them. For math teachers at 14 Bronx schools, support is coming from the network hired to support their schools, New Visions for Public Schools. With a $13 million, five-year innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the help of the Silicon Valley Math Initiative, New Visions is piloting a Common Core-aligned ninth-grade algebra curriculum in the hopes that it will challenge students more and build teachers' skills.
July 31, 2012
Study: Students who slip before they succeed still at risk later on
A chart from the report showing how students with very different high school trajectories can end up in the same place academically—at least on paper. Not all high school graduates are created equally: Some had to make up ground after falling behind along the path to graduation day. Identifying those future graduates early could be key to getting them to succeed in college later, according to a new report. The report, authored by researchers with the education nonprofit New Visions for Public Schools, tracked students in 75 New Visions-supported city schools through high school and into college. The report finds that students who graduate with a Regents diploma after years of struggling are much less likely to succeed in college than those students who have a history of good performance. Schools tend to pay special attention to students with obvious obstacles to overcome, such as a disability or status as an English language learner. But students who have a couple of bad semesters in tenth grade and then earn passing grades in their junior year don't always register as being "at risk" to their schools, the report concludes. The report advocates for schools to expand the definition of an "at-risk" student to include any student who has experienced ups and downs—which are marked and reviewed according to a metric system detailed in the study that New Visions schools will continue to use. It also argues that school districts like New York City are pushing schools in this direction by emphasizing schools' graduation rate as the main benchmark of success. "We're trying to take the conversation and say, every kid, whether high or low performing, is vulnerable but in a different way," said Susan Fairchild, one of the report's lead authors. "Our accountability structures don't necessarily support schools. We're moving in those direction, but our systems are really based on accumulation, not flow, not how kids actually come into the system."
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