NYCLA Graduates in the News

October 15, 2012

NYC Leadership Academy Graduate Matthew Willoughby Featured in NY Times 
Matthew Willoughby leads the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, which has college acceptance rates that consistently exceed 95%.  In this article, Willoughby describes how his school uses art and design to encourage students to “come up with creative solutions to everyday problems.” 

Read the full article here: Using Design-Thinking to Encourage College Readiness
 
NYC Leadership Academy Graduate Prepares Next Generation of Computer Scientists   
Seung Yu, principal of the Academy for Software Engineering in Manhattan is developing tomorrow’s technology leaders.  At his school, students not only take computer science, they team up with mentors from New York City’s booming Silicon Alley.

Read the full article here:  New School Trains Future Coders and Developers 

NYC Leadership Academy Graduate awarded Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award
NYC Leadership Academy is proud to announce that Tyona Washington, Principal of the High School for Excellence and Innovation in Washington Heights, has been awarded the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ (NCLD) 2012 Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award.  Since 2000, the NCLD Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award has honored schools that are successful in addressing the learning and social/emotional needs of students with learning disabilities and those who struggle with learning.

The High School for Excellence and Innovation, opened in 2009, is designed for students who have been held back twice in elementary and middle school.  The school is known for its small class sizes offering individual attention as well as counseling services for students.  Principal Tyona Washington said in an interview with SchoolBook, “At the High School for Excellence and Innovation, we are a ‘family’.  If a student is having a problem, there is an adult who that student can turn to for guidance.”

The High School for Leadership and Excellence will be formally recognized at NCLD’s third annual “Celebrating Our Schools” Luncheon this November, and will receive a cash prize of $2,500, made possible by a grant from the National Football League (NFL).

NYC Leadership Academy is proud that one of our first ever graduates is continuing to achieve positive student outcomes and to incite change in NYC’s public schools.
 
NYC Academy Graduate Celebrates the International Day of the Girl
October 11th, 2012 marked the first International Day of the Girl honored by the United Nations. Talana Bradley, Principal of the Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn, used this day as an opportunity to empower her all-female student body to discuss important issues facing girls.  Students spent nine months planning the event which featured prominent, high-profile women such as City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine, Ann Shoket.
  
Read more about the event here: Brooklyn students run with U.N. charge to honor young women