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No. 390: On relativity, finger-licking and extra Voices – and happy birthday, almost-2,000-year-old man

  Spring in your step: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the first day of spring in our lovely Northern Hemisphere – the vernal equinox occurs today at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Time. We really had an easy winter. But the 15-or-so inches of snow measured by the National Weather Service’s Islip monitoring station won’t be a record low, according to historical accumulations recorded by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Veggie tales: This…


When it comes to ELL, everyone must learn the lingo

By HARRY AURORA // The makeup of the nation’s student body has changed dramatically over the past few decades. One of the most striking changes is that English Language Learners, students who must learn English in addition to typical American academic studies, now account for nearly one out of every 10 students. Educators and administrators are tasked with helping ELL students succeed in academic, social and emotional learning – and language barriers can make this…


For homebound-ed answers, ask the right questions

By HARRY AURORA // The distressing fact about American education is that the deck is stacked against many children before they open their first textbook. Much of the nation’s attention, as it relates to solving inequities in public education, is focused on whole school districts. But what about individual students for whom attending a traditional school is simply not possible? Whether it’s a student with disabilities or social/emotional issues, someone dealing with a family crisis…


No. 382: Daring photographers, prestigious fellows, international space adventures – and LICA’s tastiest Capital Forum yet

  Middle ground: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy winter week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Feb. 20, and welcome especially to new newsletter subscribers Wendy, Charles, Sam, Dee, Lyn, Clive, J. Taylor, Rama, John, David and Rosemary. We’ve turned off the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign, so please feel free to move around the cabin. Those are all good things: Our new friends join us on The World Day of Social Justice,…


No. 378: Applied DNA in Asia, tech in the classroom and golfers on the moon (plus: why King Kullen still cares)

  Stuck in the middle with you: Here we are, dear reader, together again at the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Wednesday! It’s Feb. 6 out there, marking both Ronald Reagan Day in California (where the future president served two terms as governor) and the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which is no joke. Sick days: Before we get started, yes, you have the flu…


Students have changed. Will 21st century education?

By HARRY AURORA // Close your eyes. Picture a classroom. What do you see? Chances are you see children seated in tidy rows of brown desks, a teacher standing in front of a large chalkboard, maybe a map of the United States hanging in the back. If you’re of a certain age, perhaps you even see Smart Boards and a sea of silver laptops. These are still familiar sights in the American classroom. This archetype,…


No. 370: In which the Brookhaven IDA shines, the millennials rise … and the robocalls are winning

  January thaw: Welcome to Wednesday, innovators, and the midpoint of 2019’s first full workweek. It’s Jan. 9 out there, and if you’re still writing “2018” on checks and other forms, you’re not alone. Blue by you: Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and you don’t need to watch “Live PD” to know how hard these men and women work, every day, in an incredibly tense and dangerous occupation. If you see a cop…


Growing nationally, Jericho ed-tech ace refocuses on LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative edu-tech platform designed to digitally instruct New York State students still has a few things to learn itself. So, Jericho-based iTutor is recruiting a polished Advisory Board of current and former teachers, school administrators and superintendents, a move meant to enhance both student achievement – specifically, Long Island student achievement – and the company’s bottom line. iTutor’s digital platform supports public school districts by connecting New York State-certified teachers…