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PENCIL Friday News Wrap

02.21.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

This week, the Common Core took some serious hits, a terrific infographic that captured Americans’ views regarding education, a sobering report discussed economic inequality in big cities, and a “big issue” emerged for New York City’s teachers’ union…

Eliecer Perutz, an Assistant Vice President at PENCIL Partner HAKS, answers a student's question at PS101Q in Forest Hills, Queens.

02.21.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Partnership Spotlights, PENCIL News

Construction firm HAKS and PENCIL Partner PS 101Q are building bridges to Governors Island. Or tunnels. Or maybe even zip-lines.

PENCIL Friday News Wrap

02.14.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

This week, a major New York City education reformer announced his retirement, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a survey that underscores some of the common problems that schools and businesses have when they work together.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

02.13.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

During Monday’s State of the City Address, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he wanted New York City school graduates to fill the majority of local high-tech jobs within eight years. This goal underscores the link between our city’s schools …

PENCIL Fellows Program

02.10.2014  |  4 Comments  |   PENCIL News

The PENCIL Fellows Program provides promising New York City public high school students with essential career readiness training that culminates with paid, full-time, six-week summer internships at leading businesses in a range of industries across the five boroughs.

The Downtown Initiative

02.07.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

Lower Manhattan is the country’s financial center—a vibrant hub of commerce brimming with great talent, potential and opportunity. However, the greatest potential and opportunity is not within the corridors of industry but in the targeted 30 underserved public schools that …

PENCIL Friday News Wrap

02.07.2014  |  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 …

New York Magazine Contributing Editor Bob Kokler

02.05.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   PENCIL News

In the November 24, 2013 edition of the New York Magazine, Contributing Editor Bob Kolker’s article, “The Opt-Outers” asks “what happens if enough New York parents say they don’t want their kids to take tests?” Kolker joined PENCIL staff recently …

PENCIL Friday News Wrap

01.31.2014  |  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 Fellows Alum Andrew Teoh

01.30.2014  |  Leave a Comment  |   Fellows Spotlights, PENCIL News

In the summer of 2008, Andrew Teoh had just graduated from Tottenville High School on Staten Island, and was preparing to attend the School of Visual Arts. That summer, Andrew participated in the PENCIL Fellows Program, then in its second …