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Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson on Bronx Education

Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson on Bronx Education

We sat down with 77th District New York State Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson to discuss her hopes for education reform in the Bronx's16th District if elected to City Council on November 5th.

A lifelong resident of New York City, Vanessa L. Gibson has a strong commitment to serving her Bronx community that began when she was a student in the city's public school system and culminated in her successful election to a seat in the New York State Assembly on June 2, 2009.

Ms. Gibson has assisted in formulating key public policies that have a direct impact upon working people, low income families, senior citizens and young people in the West Bronx including legislation to protect the housing rights of Section 8 recipients, improve educational opportunities for our young people, assisting our seniors and encouraging job creation.

Julie Marlette Discusses NY State Education Reform

Julie Marlette Discusses NY State Education Reform

We sat down with Executive Director of NYCAN, Julie Marlette , to discuss New York State education legislation, advocacy and what reform means to her. www.nycan.org

In the spring of 2013, Julie transitioned to a new role: the executive director of NYCAN. In this role, she gets to use the campaign and advocacy skills that she's been applying across all the CAN states to her home state.

Marilee Pray on Special Education in New York City

Marilee Pray on Special Education in New York City

We sat down with MS22 special educator, Marilee Pray to discuss the state of special education in New York City.

Dr. Hazel Dukes on The State of New York City Education

Dr. Hazel Dukes on The State of New York City Education

On this episode of Talking Ed, we sat down with the powerful Dr. Hazel Dukes to discuss the state of education for New York City's disadvantaged youth, race and class equality in local our education system and the power of voting to affect public policy.

Dr. Hazel N. Dukes is President of the NAACP New York State Conference and a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, a member of the NAACP Executive Committee and well as and active member of various NAACP board sub-committees. Dr. Dukes is a woman of great strength and courage. Her dedication to human rights and equality is exemplified by her role linking business, government and social causes. Dr. Dukes is an active and dynamic leader who is known for her unselfish and devoted track record for improving the quality of life in New York State.

Gary Rubinstein Talks Data

Gary Rubinstein Talks Data

Educator and blogger, Gary Rubinstein , Talks Ed with us and discusses skewed data, school/teacher evaluation, and the future of success metrics for New York City education.

Gary Rubinstein started teaching in 1991 as part of the second cohort of Teach For America. He has taught math for fifteen years, and now teaches at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He has written two books about teaching, 'Reluctant Disciplinarian' and 'Beyond Survival.' He frequently writes a blog at garyrubinstein.teachforus.org. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Lynn Sanchez On Local Education Issues

Lynn Sanchez On Local Education Issues

In this installment of Talking Ed, Lynn discusses what inspired her advocacy, her thoughts on the mayoral candidates, and current educational issues in her community.

Lynn Sanchez is a single mother of two New York City public school children. She is a parent leader with New Settlement Parent Action Committee and Coalition for Educational Justice. Lynn is also the Chairperson/founding member of Educational Justice Political Action Committee (EJ PAC). For the past 6 years, Lynn has lobbied elected officials around budget cuts and educational issues, working alongside the Department of Education and the NYPD School Safety Division. Ms. Sanchez holds an Associate's degree in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Pace University.

A Community Responding to Reform (WAGPOPS)

A Community Responding to Reform (WAGPOPS)

Kate Yourke and Lorna Feeney are parent representatives of WAGPOPS. Williamsburg and Greenpoint Parents: Our Public Schools! (WAGPOPS) consists of district-wide parents who believe in advocating for neighborhood schools. These are parents and community stakeholders who organized with a shared belief in supporting local public schools.

Zak Malamed on the Value of Student Voices

Zak Malamed on the Value of Student Voices

Zak Malamed is the founder and organizer of StuVoice.org and the #StuVoice Twitter chats. Currently, he is a freshman Government and Politics major in the Global Communities program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Malamed also has served on the Do Something Youth Advisory Council and on the National Youth Association's Policy Council. In 2012, he received the NASSP/Herff Jones Principal's Leadership Award for his work as a student advocate, in addition to awards from the Long Island Press for his work as a high school journalist. His writings have been published in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and GOOD Magazine. He has spoken and represented the student voice at education conferences nationwide, namely the International Society of Technology in Education conference, #140edu, and NBC's Education Nation.

Mark Naison On Fixing Schools, Not Closing Them

Mark Naison On Fixing Schools, Not Closing Them

Mark Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of four books and  over 100 articles on African American politics, social movements and American culture and sports  Dr. Naison is the Principal Investigator of the Bronx African American History Project, one of the largest community based oral history projects in the nation and has begun work on an book of oral histories from the BAAHP, with Robert Gumbs, entitled Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1030's to the 1960's. His articles about Bronx music and Bronx culture have been published in German, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese as well as English. When not doing historical research, Naison likes to play tennis and golf, post commentary on his blog  "With a Brooklyn Accent" and make periodic forays into the media. Most recently he has done commentary on Occupy Wall Street for ABC News, and BBC America.

Antonio Capellan & Shaun Rasmussen of Hudson Guild

Antonio Capellan & Shaun Rasmussen of Hudson Guild

Antonio Capellan graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and later earned a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College in New York City. Antonio stepped into the role of Teen Services Director at the Chelsea-based social service agency Hudson Guild in 2007. In this role, Antonio has spearheaded program initiatives and partnerships that continually provide young adults with greater opportunities for work, education, and recreation. Under Antonio's leadership, more than 300 young adults at Hudson Guild receive services and engage in youth-based each year. Since 2007, young adults involved in Teen Services programming through Hudson Guild have toured more than 20 colleges and universities, received 350 college acceptances, and more than $120,000 in scholarships and non-loan financial assistance.

Shaun M. Rasmussen attended John Jay College (CUNY) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Criminal Justice, and Mercy College where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. Shaun has worked in various areas of education and youth development for more than ten years, including The Princeton Review, NPS and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Community Works. Shaun moved on from Community Works to work with Good Shepherd Services and Canarsie YABC High School teaching credit bearing courses, counseling students and providing job readiness training. 2011, Shaun left his post at Canarsie YABC to continue this work with a broader young-adult population at the Chelsea-based Hudson Guild.

Leonie Haimson on the Importance of Small Class Sizes

Leonie Haimson on the Importance of Small Class Sizes

Leonie Haimson is Executive Director of Class Size Matters, a non-profit advocacy group working for smaller class sizes in NYC and the nation as a whole. She is also a co-founder of Parents Across America, a national grassroots group, that supports progressive and proven education reforms.

She is a graduate of Harvard University, worked at the Educational Priorities Panel, and founded Class Size Matters in 2000. She regularly speaks before parent, advocacy, and government groups, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and on national radio shows.

She writes for several blogs, including NYC Public School Parents and Huffington Post, and her articles and opinion pieces have been published in Education Week, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, InsideSchools, In These Times, the Washington Post's Answer Sheet, Gothamschools, Gotham Gazette and elsewhere.

In 2007 she received the John Dewey award from the United Federation of Teachers; in 2009 she was named as one of NYC's family heroes by NYC Family Magazine; and in 2013 she was honored as an "Extraordinary Advocate for Our Children" by Advocates for Justice.

Leonie Haimson (Part Two) On Concerns With Student Data Privacy

Leonie Haimson (Part Two) On Concerns With Student Data Privacy

Leonie Haimson is Executive Director of Class Size Matters, a non-profit advocacy group working for smaller class sizes in NYC and the nation as a whole.  She is also a co-founder of Parents Across America, a national grassroots group, that supports progressive and proven education reforms. She is a graduate of Harvard University, worked at the Educational Priorities Panel, and founded Class Size Matters in 2000.  She regularly speaks before parent, advocacy, and government groups, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and on national radio shows. She writes for several blogs, including NYC Public School Parents and Huffington Post.

Professor Robert Hawkins Weighs In: Too Much Testing/Assessing?

Professor Robert Hawkins Weighs In: Too Much Testing/Assessing?

Robert L. Hawkins holds an endowed chair as the McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies at the Silver School of Social Work and is a Fellow of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Dr. Hawkins is an international expert on poverty, racism, and social welfare policy. His current research considers how low-income people, especially single mothers, can reach economic sustainability and how poverty is supported by structural racism, lack of positive social capital, and systems failure. He received his Ph.D. and masters in social welfare policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hawkins's research focuses on examining the effects of complex poverty from an economic, social and psychological perspective.

Jai Nanda Discusses Urban Dove Team Charter School/Co-Location

Jai Nanda Discusses Urban Dove Team Charter School/Co-Location

Jai Nanda was born and raised in New York City. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Urban Dove, and Founder/Board Chair of Urban Dove Team Charter School. Before founding Urban Dove, Jai worked as a teacher in the New York City school system both at the high school level and at the City University of New York; he was also a basketball coach for more than 15 years. Jai is a founding Board member of Up2Us, a national coalition of Sports Based Youth Development agencies and previously served on PASE's Youth Sport Alliance Council. He has also served as Chairman of the Youth Committee for Community Board 4 and was honored as a Local Hero by Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Initiative.

Photos by: Jessica Pester

Hilary Lustick Discusses At-Risk Youth & Alternative Disciplinary Practices

Hilary Lustick Discusses At-Risk Youth & Alternative Disciplinary Practices

Hilary Lustick is an education practitioner, writer, researcher, and activist. Mary Conway-Spiegel interviews Lustick on at-risk youth, alternative disciplinary practices in high schools and more.

Michael Albertson Discusses Turnaround and Urban Education

Michael Albertson Discusses Turnaround and Urban Education

Mary Conway-Spiegel interviews Michael Albertson , a doctoral candidate in music and music education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He taught music at Flushing High School for nine years and has served on the NYSSMA Research Committee since 2008. Michael is the author of the blog Urban Education: Music and Beyond.

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