education

5:54am

Wed August 7, 2013
Education

Maffei says federal education initivatives are not working in central New York

Rep. Dan Maffei listens to concerns at a roundtable on education
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Education was on the mind of Syracuse-area Cong. Dan Maffei this week at a roundtable involving teachers, parents and administrators, and he got the sense that the current federal education policy is not working in schools in central New York.  

Maffei spoke specifically on the Race to the Top program, which pits states against each other in order to get federal funds, and he had some issues with it.

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3:21pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Education

Innovative math workshop gets grant to expand program

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A math workshop designed in upstate New York has received a $120,000 grant to advance the model nationally.

The Rochester Institute of Technology's annual Summer Mathematics Institute Teachers’ Workshop aims to share strong stories about math in the real world to high school teachers.

The workshops bring together teachers to hear how professionals use math in a variety of careers ranging from baseball to counter-terrorism, engineering and cancer research.

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5:52pm

Sun July 28, 2013
Education

Casey Crabill on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill
Credit Onondaga Community College

Community Colleges have a uniquely important set of educational roles to fill in their communities.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with the new President of Onondaga Community College, Casey Crabill.  They discuss how the diversity of community college missions fit together, and her priorities in moving the institution forward from an already strong base.

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7:35am

Tue July 23, 2013
Education

Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary touts triumphs, still more to do

ADA advocates march down East Washington St. in Syracuse during a celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Advocates for the disabled in Syracuse are marking the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but activists say there are still some areas where progress needs to be made.

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7:08am

Tue June 11, 2013
Education

Say Yes to Education marks five years in Syracuse schools

Say Yes to Education offers career counseling, along with its college tuition pledge.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Non-profit education initiative Say Yes to Education marked five years in the Syracuse school district by touting increases in college enrollment and adding some top schools to the program.

Say Yes entered Syracuse schools in 2009 with the goal of overhauling urban education and increasing the city's chronically poor graduation rates. Syracuse was the first city-wide implementation of the program.

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7:34am

Mon June 10, 2013
Education

Teachers rally in Albany over new standardized testing

Teachers continue to fight what they call the over testing and underfunding of education in New York state. Hundreds of teachers from central New York joined a rally in Albany this weekend to continue pressing the state for change.

In all, thousands of teachers were at the rally organized by the New York State United Teachers Union.

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8:36am

Sat May 11, 2013
Science

Event showcases student innovation and creativity

"Taco Tape" inventor, Ruby Soudant, who is in the 4th grade
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

More than 100 kids showcased their ideas at the 11th annual Western New York Invention Convention, held recently at Medaille College in Buffalo. It was created to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem solving.

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5:11pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Education

Program aims to promote manufacturing careers to students

Students learning about high-tech manufacturing
Charter School for Applied Technologies

A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.  Dream it, Do it WNY educates high school students about the broad range of  careers available in the industry.

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6:35am

Thu May 2, 2013
Education

Teachers, parents, raise concern over Common Core testing

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Voices opposed to Common Core testing are rising in central New York, as teachers and parents met this week at a forum in Syracuse to discuss these new education standards that bring major changes to the way math and reading is taught in public schools.

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8:02am

Wed May 1, 2013
Education

Syracuse school district considers opening a Latin school

The Syracuse City School District is proposing a new school that will offer a classical education for high achieving students.

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6:30pm

Sun April 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Gene Koo on the Campbell Conversations

Younger citizens may be more active in volunteer and service efforts than previous generations, but many remain profoundly uninterested and disengaged from anything they regard as political. One organization trying to combat that is ICivics, created by former Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, to provide online, interactive educational resources for middle school students. On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Gene Koo, executive director of ICivics, outlines the challenges to civic engagement and how the organization is trying to address them.

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3:38pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Health

Images of the brain could unlock learning difficulties

Brain and cognitive sciences research assistants talk to 4-year-old Mason Ray
University of Rochester

Researchers in western New York have been using brain scans to add to our understanding of how humans comprehend numbers. The new data could have implications in diagnosing learning disabilities earlier on, and aid in our understanding of why some kids struggle at school.

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12:45pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Education

Cary Nelson on the Campbell Conversations

Are colleges and universities failing to meet proper ethical standards in the treatment of their faculties? In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Cary Nelson, a recent past president of the American Association of University Professors and the author of No University Is an Island, argues that many schools are falling short, and that the explosion of what he calls contingent faculty--the faculty outside of the tenure system--hurts all higher education, and furthers social and educational inequalities.

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12:07pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Education

State budget has some good news for education

An on-time state budget is good news for school districts across the state, as they plug in the hard numbers to proposed budgets. 

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5:40am

Sun March 31, 2013
Arts

North Country Arts Council brings out kids' creativity

An instructor leads a workshop on card making during a day of children's art activities at the North Country Arts Council's studio in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

The North Country Arts Council has been a growing force for cultural activity in the Watertown area since its inception in 2009. The group aims to spotlight the work of regional artists, but it also hopes to draw more community members into arts activities too. Over the schools' winter break this year, the organization offered a day full of different art workshops for kids at its home on Public Square. 

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8:00am

Sun March 3, 2013
Education

New York, IBM partner in STEM education program

governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that IBM and New York state are teaming up to provide science and technology education, otherwise known as STEM, to high schoolers.

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9:00am

Thu February 21, 2013
Education

SUNY Adirondack, BOCES partner on high school program

SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, serving the surrounding counties are partnering on a new science and technology program for high school students.

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11:27pm

Sun February 3, 2013
Education

Russell legislation would redistribute school aid to help poorer districts

Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell, of Theresa, thinks the current state school aid formula is broken, benefiting wealthier districts at the expense of poorer ones. She says legislation she's introduced would make the formula more equitable.

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8:50am

Fri January 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo's "no drama" budget may still cause some theatrics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to have a no-drama budget this year, with a low-key presentation and a fiscally austere spending plan -- and no major cuts or new taxes. But, growing opposition from the teachers’ union and local governments may yet result in some sparks flying before the deal is settled in late March.

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4:41pm

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo proposes budget with "no new taxes"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $137 billion state budget Tuesday afternoon. In a speech in Albany before state legislators, he presented his plan to increase spending by about two percent.

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1:33am

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo delivers 3rd State of the State speech Wednesday

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When Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message at 1:30 pm Wednesday, he says he plans to pursue a “robust” agenda.

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9:42am

Fri December 21, 2012
Education

School health programs awarded $5 million

The department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $5 million to school-based health centers in New York state this week. The funding is part of an $80 million dollar pot distributed to 197 centers around the nation.

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7:16am

Wed December 19, 2012
Education

Cuomo takes hard line on teacher evaluation plans

Twenty-seven schools in New York have not yet submitted a teacher evaluation plan.
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Just two-thirds of school districts in New York state have completed new teacher evaluation plans, one month before a deadline imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor says if the rest don’t finish on time, they won’t see any increased school aid next year.

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3:53pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Education

Students take anti-bullying message to the streets

Charles Gibbens, a 5th grader at Southside Academy in Syracuse, ties a ribbon on a fence as part of an anti-bullying program.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Students from the Southside Academy Charter School in Syracuse marched around the neighborhood this morning to make a statement that bullying won't be tolerated in their school.

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4:28pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Western NY school to have "living building"

An upstate school is adding a structure that generates its own energy, heating and cooling using renewable energy sources for its teaching spaces. The Harley School in Rochester broke ground on the $3 million project Monday.

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11:15am

Thu October 18, 2012
Education

Summer school for science teachers

Credit Daniel Robison / WBFO A new courtyard sporting a pond, stream, rocks and rotting logs will serve as a living lab for students at PS197 in Buffalo.
Daniel Robison WBFO

Educators across the country agree schools need more students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet hooking students on these subjects remains a challenge, especially for generally low performing schools with few resources.

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7:43am

Fri September 28, 2012
Education

Closing the gender gap in STEM education

In the latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we're taking a look at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the Capital Region. High-tech multinational companies have moved into the area and they're hiring. Meanwhile some local school districts are struggling with graduation rates around 50 percent.

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8:03am

Mon September 24, 2012
Education

Say Yes "has potential" to improve Syracuse's economy

Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Instead of trying to have as much pre-college life fun as possible, or maybe earning some spending cash for the upcoming semester, one of group of college-bound Syracuse teens spent the summer months getting a head start on college. They were rewarded for their efforts during a small ceremony at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where the 29 students are currently hitting the books, with a small ceremony.

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8:00am

Sat September 8, 2012
Education

Technical education programs boost graduation rates in Syracuse high schools

The graduation rate in the Syracuse City School District continues to be one of the worst in the state, with less than half the students getting their diplomas after four years of school. Technical education programs may be a solution.

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4:04pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Education

NY school districts struggle to form new teacher evaluation plans

As the school year starts, many school districts across the state still need to grapple with the issue of a teacher evaluation system, especially if they want to continue to receive state aid. Only a small percentage of the state's schools have turned in an evaluation plan the state is happy with so far.

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