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A City Education: Using Twitter to Inspire Creativity in Students

Using Twitter to get kids writing worked for one City Year corps member in the South Bronx.

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A City Education: How One Special Math Problem Each Week Boosts Achievement

City Year New York corps members have started a school-wide math initiative to bring kids up to speed.


New York's state standardized tests are in April, and they're pretty high stakes: if students don't pass the math section, some of them, unfortunately, may not move on to the next grade. Since many students here at P.S. 154 struggle to keep their math scores up to par, I and my fellow City Year New York corps members often run multiplication drills during lunch, or play math games with them after school.

While there are also many websites and resources that we can refer students and parents to that provide entertaining and challenging math activities, we decided we wanted to take additional action ourselves. So, in the beginning of January, one of my teammates, Sam, started a school-wide math initiative called the Problem of the Week.

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A City Education: High-Fives at the Door of P.S. 154

A City Year New York corps member learns why the staff who trained her handed out so many high-fives.

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