Madeleine Cummings

NYC Set for Rapid Expansion of Bilingual Pre-K Programs

School was always a struggle for Giselle Ruiz.

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As City Seeks Out New Pre-K Teachers, a Training Challenge Grows

Emma Markarian spent seven years studying psychology and early childhood education in Russia and the United States before taking over her own classroom. So Markarian, now a pre-kindergarten teacher in the city, was surprised to find herself leading an abbreviated course on child development in June to aspiring pre-K teachers who hoped to lead their own classrooms this fall — with only three months of training under their belts.

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Is the End of the School Library Upon Us? Budget Cuts Hit Librarians Where it Hurts

Paul McIntosh of Wadleigh Secondary School in Harlem has spent the past 10 years building what he calls "an environment where young people can explore all dimensions of the human experience." He recruits big-name guests for his popular speaker series, publishes an annual poetry anthology, even acts as an unofficial guidance counselor to any student who reaches out to him for help.

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