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Podcast: New Model for the Urban Classroom


"Reform at both the local level and system-wide is needed for New York City public schools to succeed, according to Pamela Mills of the Math and Science Partnership in New York City. "We believe the urban classroom is too complicated to expect a single person to solve the problems," says Mills, principal investigator for the partnership, which studies student performance in grades K through 12, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. In her lecture, "Be Bold, Be Brave: Changing the Educational Landscape," part of the Serving Science Cafe Series, Mills emphasizes learning through partnerships by adopting a new model called the Peer-Enabled Restructured Classroom, or PERC, where students help other students, while teachers teach, to build a community of learning."