RECENT URBAN MATTERS
Urban Matters | Education
A U.S. Teacher’s Quest For the Secret of Korean Student Success
By Clara Hemphill
As a biology teacher at a high-poverty high school in Los Angeles, Taylor Wichmanowski was impressed that his Korean-speaking students—including those newly arrived in the United States—seemed to do so much better academically than most of their classmates.
He knew that South Korea not only had the world’s highest student scores on international tests; it also had the lowest proportion of low-performing kids anywhere. Even poor Korean children did well.
Bringing It All Home:
Problems and Possibilities Facing NYC's Family Child Care
Child care provided in a private home is the most common child care arrangement for children from low-income families and for babies and toddlers. Yet these programs have historically received little oversight and their quality, on average, has been found wanting. In 2012, with the advent of EarlyLearnNYC, New York City imposed new quality standards on its licensed, subsidized family child care programs. Over three years in, how has this reform played out? What has it taught us about the challenges facing the City's family child care providers? What works to improve family child care and where should the City go from here?
Join us on May 10th for a conversation with experts in the field, and the release of findings from a new Center for New York City Affairs report on family child care. LEARN MORE
On May 24, 2016, NYC Parks, the Center for New York City Affairs, and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School will bring together thought leaders from a range of disciplines to explore the future of parks and public space. Through panels, workshops, and engaging keynotes, we will explore innovative design, equity, public engagement, resiliency, ecological and landscape connectivity, and more. Speakers include:
- Paul Goldberger, Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture, The New School
- Mike Lydon, Principal, Street Plans
- Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
- Mitchell Silver, FAICP, Commissioner, NYC Parks
Report | Child Welfare
Is Reform Finally Coming to NYC Family Court?
Delay and dysfunction have long plagued New York City Family Court operations – and a new Child Welfare Watch report by the Center for New York City Affairs details the devastating toll that this takes on families involved in allegations of abuse and neglect. But the report also identifies new reasons for cautious hope. It makes the case that after decades of Family Court dysfunction, in part caused by backlogged cases, improvement may soon stem from recent developments in the Family Child protective “parts,” where cases involving abuse and neglect allegations are heard.
Report | Education
Segregated Schools in Integrated Neighborhoods:
The city’s schools are even more divided than our housing
In multi-ethnic New York City, why are so many elementary schools segregated by race and class? For years, school officials and researchers have assumed that school segregation merely reflects segregated housing patterns—because most children attend their zoned neighborhood schools.
However, new research by The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs demonstrates that school segregation is not always the result of housing patterns. In fact, as these interactive maps show, there are dozens of high-poverty elementary schools that serve mostly black and Latino children that are located in far more racially and economically mixed neighborhoods.