NY1’s Exceptional Graduates series featured Lizbeth Lucero, 2016 valedictorian of our Brooklyn Collaborative school. Lucero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, lived through Hurricane Sandy, and is headed off to Cornell on a full scholarship. Lucero also served as a featured speaker at our 2016 Gala.
Students from our school WHEELS were recently invited to name a new species of wasp that is native to the Dominican Republic. Students, whose families hail predominately from the Dominican Republic, chose the name La Luz Brillante. When translated to English, this means The Bright Light.
One of our Associate Schools, Community Roots, has an intentional approach to school integration that deeply involves the entire school community. The school population is unlike others in the City: 39% white, 33% Black, 20% Hispanic and Asian, and 8% other. WNYC’s Beth Fertig explores their integration strategies.
Is it possible to teach students character skills like resilience and grit? Author and scholar Paul Tough thinks it’s difficult but not impossible – and points to our school WHEELS as an example of an institution that’s doing it right, thanks to our whole school EL Education model.