How to Make Our Schools More Integrated (2016)

InsideSchools and the Center for New York City Affairs present findings and recommendations for better socio-economic integration of the city's public elementary schools, with a particular focus on neighborhoods where integration is possible without busing – that is, economically integrated neighborhoods where the schools are segregated. Why have some schools seen their enrollments plummet while others have long wait lists? What can be done to make all schools attractive to a range of parents? A panel of elected officials and Department of Education administrators will respond to our recommendations.

Speakers include: Joshua Wallack, deputy chancellor of strategy and policy, NYC Department of Education; Brad Lander, council member, New York City Council; Voyka Soto, organizer, Power to Harlem Parents; Nicole Rodriguez Leach, head of education, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; Shino Tanikawa, president, District 2 Community Education Council; David Van Zandt, president, The New School. The panel was moderated by Clara Hemphill, director of education policy and InsideSchools.

Growing Up NYC (2016)

Growing Up NYC is the City’s first comprehensive policy framework for children and young adults. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery presents the City's agenda, which aims to better coordinate services for young people while also providing clear metrics to measure the risks and well-being of New York City's three million children. Young people, educators, and community leaders will provide their assessments of how children are faring in NYC and what more we can do to ensure the well-being of children and youth.

Other speakers include: Cecilia Clarke, president and CEO, Brooklyn Community Foundation; Angel Diaz, student; Paul Forbes, director, Expanded Success Initiative; Leon Isaacs, student; Jeremy Kohomban, president and CEO, The Children's Village; Benita Miller, executive director, The Children's Cabinet; Kristin Morse, executive director, Center for New York City Affairs; David Van Zandt, president, The New School; and Anne Williams-Isom, CEO, Harlem Children's Zone.

Integration Success Stories (2016)

New York City has been called one of the most segregated school systems in the country, but some schools buck the trend and enroll a mix of children of different races and income levels. InsideSchools visited more than 80 racially and economically integrated elementary schools in the past year. We present our findings about what makes these schools successful, the challenges they face, and the lessons they offer for the rest of the city. A panel of school leaders discuss their experiences with successful integration.

Zipporiah Mills, former principal PS 261, Brooklyn; Victoria Hunt, founding principal, Dos Puentes Elementary School, Manhattan; Clarence Ellis, superintendent, District 17, Brooklyn; Joshua Bloodworth, PTA president, PS11, Brooklyn

Parks Without Borders (2016)

NYC Parks, the Center for New York City Affairs, and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School bring together thought leaders from a range of disciplines to explore the future of parks and public space.

Nature's Benefits - Climate Protection and Inspiration 

Jennifer Greenfeld, Nilda Mesa, Arturo Garcia-Costas, Timon McPhearson, David Seiter


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Hollywood in The New Cold War
The Perpetual Perpetrator: Contemporary Contexts (2016)

It has been twenty-five years since the Soviet Union dissolved and the Cold War ended, yet Russia remains a loyal enemy. Although America and Russia have been allies for the past two decades, these countries always force one another into formulaic cultural imaginations, and Hollywood is by no means innocent. Recent films such as the historical drama Bridge of Spies (2015) further exemplify how little the American perception of the “enemy” has changed. 

Women's Pay Equity: Getting Even (2016)

It is well known that women in the U.S. are paid, on average, 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. We discuss what is the nature of the pay gap and why does it exist, who is affected the most, and what policy initiatives can be taken to close the gap?

Deborah J Glick, assemblymember, NY State Assembly; Brad Hoylman, senator, NY State Senate; Azadeh Khalili, founding executive director, Commission on Gender Equity, NYC Mayor's Office; Beverly Cooper Neufeld, founder, PowHer New York; Teresa Tritch, editorial board, The New York Times

Bringing It All Home: Problems and Possibilities Facing NYC's Family Child Care (2016)

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? 

Lorelei Vargas, deputy commissioner of early care and education, Administration for Children’s Services; Rhonda Carloss-Smith, associate executive director, Center for Children’s Initiative; Patrice Cuddy, Director of Early Childhood Parent-Child Programs, Westchester Jewish Community Services; Jessica Sager, director, All Our Kin; Sonia Vera, educational director, New Life Child Development Center; Natasha Lifton, senior program officer, children, youth and families, The New York Community Trust

Politics and Policy Series
The New Wild West: Money and the 2016 US Presidential Election (2016)

During the 2016 cycle, the campaign finance system finally and completely jumped the shark. Candidates raised hundreds of millions for SuperPACs which may have as much, if not more, influence over outcomes than the actual campaigns themselves. And yet, at the dawn of the primary season, all this money seemed to matter little. 

Zach Allen, Democratic fundraising consultant; Raj Goyle, Member, Obama 2012 National Finance Committee and former Kansas legislator; Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University; Jack Oliver, Finance Chair, Right to Rise PAC, SuperPAC supporting Jeb Bush; Adam Smith, Communications Director, Every Voice; Ken Vogel, Chief investigative correspondent, POLITICO; Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor, The New School