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Brooklyn Generation School
May 25, 2016
Despite major city investment, struggling ‘Renewal’ schools shed another 6,300 students
The low-performing schools serve about 6,270 fewer students now than in 2014, as many families continue to shun them despite the city's expensive intervention.
A visit from the mayor
October 1, 2015
After rocky start in new turnaround program, a Brooklyn school is spotlighted by the mayor
An excited murmur pulsed through the line of parents waiting to enter Brooklyn Generation School for “family night” Wednesday evening.
a chance for renewal
June 24, 2015
A school community grows stronger
As the year winds down, Brooklyn Generation School — part of the city's "Renewal" program — has found new ways to help students deal with trauma. Part three of Chalkbeat's series.
a chance for renewal
June 23, 2015
Waiting for help and worn out by the status quo
By March, Brooklyn Generation was undergoing a series of high-stakes reviews, each one concluding that academics must improve. Part two of Chalkbeat's three-part series.
June 22, 2015
Best of 2015: A behind-the-scenes look at one school’s struggle to improve
In a three-part series, Chalkbeat explores the start of the de Blasio administration's turnaround program at Brooklyn Generation School in Canarsie.
June 22, 2015
A pivotal moment for a school and the program designed to improve it
As the Renewal program rolled out in February, Brooklyn Generation’s leaders and teachers got a sense of the tests ahead. Part one of Chalkbeat's three-part series.
February 26, 2014
Sensing interest, group wants to replicate Brooklyn school's unusual schedule
Brooklyn Generation School offers an enticing model: a longer school year for students, but not for teachers. But the school's record so far has been mixed.
September 19, 2011
Why New York City isn't joining Chicago in extended-day uproar
New Yorkers following Chicago’s snowballing union-district standoff over plans to extend the school day may not realize that similar conversations take place inside city schools every year. Chicago's new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and his schools chief, former New York City deputy Jean-Claude Brizard, are pushing schools to add 90 minutes to their 5-hour-long days, among the shortest in the nation. But they have offered teachers only 2 percent more pay, raising the ire of the teachers union, whose president, Karen Lewis, has said Emanuel is creating "a nightmare" by asking union members to override their union contract. Even though the union has filed a lawsuit over the plan, Emanuel and Brizard decided to shop the proposal school by school, and teachers at at least nine schools have voted to extend their working hours—and the instructional day. The city and the teachers union send out warring press releases each time another school takes a vote. Staff at New York City schools routinely take similar votes, but with less fanfare. There has been no system-wide push for a longer school day in years, and educators do not foresee a Chicago-style showdown repeating in New York. That’s in part because the average New York City school day is already much longer than Chicago’s, and slightly longer than other major cities’, with many students in school for 6.5 hours or more. In addition, the district already struck a flexible deal with the union five years ago to extend the school day by 37.5 minutes four days a week for at least 290,000 city students, mostly those who struggle academically. How that time is spent is, to a large degree, up to each school. Researchers say it is almost impossible to make a good estimate of the length of the New York City school day—something that one Chicago columnist found last week when he tried to tally the numbers—because instructional time requirements vary by grade-level and subject, and principals and teachers can decide together how they want to structure parts of the school day.
April 14, 2010
More schools to experiment with online work, schedule changes
Chancellor Joel Klein is expanding a pilot program that takes the experiments city schools often conduct behind closed classroom doors and brings them to other schools. Called Innovation Zone, or iZone, the program began this year in ten schools and will grow to include 81 schools next year. At its core is a heavy emphasis on expanding online learning, a major focus of Klein's tenure at the Department of Education. Of the iZone schools, more than half will adopt the "virtual school" model. This involves using online Advanced Placement classes and credit recovery courses or simply combining online work and face-to-face instruction. Six schools will alter their schedules to make the school day or year longer and 35 will begin using software that's designed to change instruction based on how much a student struggles or excels. One of the six schools that will change its schedule next year is P.S. 50, an elementary and junior high school in East Harlem. A spokeswoman for The After School Corporation said the organization is in talks with P.S. 50 to extend the school day to 6 p.m.
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