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Honoring Seven Awesome NYC Science and Math Teachers

What makes great teachers great?This year’s seven winners of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics have a lot in common: A contagious passion for their subject. Giving students daily opportunities to problem solve and experiment together. Tireless support and guidance to make sure everyone keeps learning.At this year's 11th Annual Sloan Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Fund for the City of New York, the seven recipients received $5,000 each and their school’s science and math departments received $2,500 toward strengthening their programs. The awards honor creative teachers who achieve superb…
January 15, 2020
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We are DOE: Francine Marsaggi, Dual-Language Principal

“Research shows that when students acquire two languages, they’re exercising their brain to perform and learn better,” says Francine Marsaggi, principal of P.S. 163 Flushing Heights, a Queens dual-language elementary school where most students spend half their class time learning in English and the other half in Mandarin. “When I first came here five years ago, parents had pushed the school to focus mainly on English instead of Mandarin starting in third grade because they thought that would lead to better scores on State tests. But by moving to a true dual-language, 50-50 approach throughout all grades, we have actually…
January 9, 2020

NYC Department of Education, 2019