Last Saturday, a team from Forest Hills High School (pictured above) won First Place in the New York State Finals of the We the People constitutional law competition sponsored in part by the New York State Bar Association. Second Place was won by the James Madison High School team, this year’s New York City winner. The Forest Hills students will go on to the National Finals April 25-28 on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Now in its 27th year, the We the People Program takes the form of simulated congressional hearings n which students testify as constitutional experts. From the web site:
Each hearing begins with a four minute opening statement by students and is followed by a six minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students’ depth of knowledge, understanding, and their ability to apply constitutional principles. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the seventy-two judges with an excellent means of assessing students’ knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues.
Test your own knowledge of the constitution by downloading a PDF of the Hearing Questions. A sample question: What is the relationship, if any, between the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, natural rights philosophy, and the Declaration of Independence?
Law-related CTE programs at 36 high schools around the city get technical support from the NYC DOE’s Justice Resource Center.
At a recent meeting for young women at the Academy for Software Engineering, students from schools like Brooklyn Technical High School, Staten Island Technical High School, St. Jean Baptiste High School and Rutgers University discussed opportunities and challenges for women in information technology fields. The event was organized by Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that works “to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.” This video report was produced by Karla Reyes of the World Journalism Preparatory School:
Katina Paron of WOMENSENEW.ORG wrote about the meeting:
‘Girls Who Code’ Talk About the Inspiration
A new study, Challenging Traditional Expectations: How New York City’s CTE High Schools Are Helping Students Graduate [PDF] by Lazar Treschan and Apurva Mehrotraof the Community Service Society (CSS), ”tracks the outcomes of a cohort of 79,705 students — including 6,262 from CTE schools in the city – from September 2008 when they entered high school through June and August 2012 graduations. Drawing on previous work on CTE schools by a 2008 Mayoral Task Force and a 2012 Public Advocate’s report, the CSS study is the first quantitative, statistical analysis of CTE student and school-level data.”
Some key findings:
- New York City public high school students are more likely to graduate if they attend a CTE school.
- Individual CTE schools compare very favorably to schools with similar student populations.
- CTE schools serve students who, on average, enter high school less likely to graduate.
The study focused on the 25 dedicated CTE high schools that had at least one graduating class by August 2012. Newer schools like P-TECH and the integrated CTE programs at generalized high schools were not included. In general, newer, smaller schools had better outcomes than older, bigger schools. Analyses of school choice decisions, demographic data, college readiness, and a school-by-school comparison provide a wealth of detail about the CTE landscape in New York City.
CSS PRESS RELEASE:
Graduation Rates for Black and Latino Student in CTE Schools Far Outpace Traditional High School
CRAIN’S NEW YORK BUSINESS, Feb 24 2014:
Vocational Students Graduate at Higher Rates
NY POST, Feb 25 2014:
Tech education helping city students get ahead
Students applying for this year’s Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation awards have until May 12, 2014 to email their completed applications and supporting documents to scholarships@GCSFny.org. The Foundation is a spin-off of the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission. Last year’s recipients are enrolled in graphics programs at more than a dozen colleges all across the country. See the 2013 recipients and the schools they attend, and browse their work on the Foundation’s home page:
Teachers and students on Staten Island participated in a wide ranging series of discussions recently about the opportunities for students from many different schools to develop careers in tech and health-related fields. Staten Island Technical High School posted three videos from the meetings:
Six Staten Island schools participated in the conference.