News & Resources

The PENCIL Fellows Advisory Board

04.15.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

Over the last five years, PENCIL has helped nearly 600 New York City public high school juniors and seniors master college and career readiness skills through PENCIL Fellows, which provides students with comprehensive workplace readiness training and a paid six-week …

PENCIL Friday News Wrap

04.11.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

Every day, PENCIL reads about the new trends, latest developments, and biggest shifts in education and school-business collaboration. The Friday News Wrap shares what we’ve learned with our network. Here are some of the most important columns, op-eds, and developments that we …

PENCIL's College and Career Readiness Approach

04.10.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

By now, the story is familiar: Even as youth unemployment reaches record highs of over 30%, employers say they struggle to find qualified employees. And half of corporate recruiters rated “recent college graduates with a C or lower for preparedness,” …

PENCIL is Celebrating National Volunteer Week

04.10.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Partnership Spotlights, PENCIL News

This National Volunteer Week, we celebrate our volunteers–and their impact.

PENCIL Friday News Wrap

04.04.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

Every day, PENCIL reads about the new trends, latest developments, and biggest shifts in education and school-business collaboration. The Friday News Wrap shares what we’ve learned with our network. Here are some of the most important columns, op-eds, and developments that we …

Richard Burns

04.01.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

As a veteran nonprofit leader who has a focus on providing guidance and stability to organizations as they go through leadership transitions, I’ve seen all types of enterprises and cultures. During my short tenure at PENCIL, there’s one thing about …

The Downtown Initiative

04.01.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Event Highlights, PENCIL News

Lower Manhattan may well be the nation’s financial center—a vibrant hub of commerce brimming with great talent, spirit, and opportunity. But the greatest potential exists in the shadows of those skyscrapers—within the 30,000 students who attend 60 downtown schools. On …

Donald Conyers Visited PENCIL's Programs Team

04.01.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

Did you know that a great school principal can effectively increase school learning time by two to seven months? Or that according to The Wallace Foundation, school leadership is the second most important factor when it comes to student achievement, …

PENCIL VP of Programs Gayle Villani at Deloitte's 2014 Education Summit

04.01.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Event Highlights, PENCIL News

In March, PENCIL joined PENCIL Partner and supporter Deloitte at the company’s 2014 Education Summit, “Their Future . . . Is Our Future,” which brought together New York State and City Department of Education officials, nonprofit leaders, local principals, and …

HAKS Engineering Fair at PS 101Q

04.01.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Partnership Spotlights, PENCIL News

In an ever-increasing digital age, it’s still satisfying to get your hands dirty. Fourth-grade students at PS 101Q in Forest Hills, Queens got their hands dirty—and a little soggy—testing aluminum foil boats for buoyancy and making gumdrop domes to test …