Cornell Tech is launching its conversation series next Tuesday, a forum where Cornell Tech professors discuss what they’re working on and Islanders can ask them questions. For the budding bird watchers out there, this first one is for you. Cornell Tech Professor Serge Belongie is one of the people behind bird recognition app, Merlin Bird ID, a program that asks you to upload your bird pictures and then uses special computer-vision technology, als...
Every year, PS/IS 217's middle struggles to fill a single class per grade, despite being part of a thriving elementary school. But with Cornell Tech’s stated commitment to the school and steady interest in the elementary school, many wonder whether there may finally be enough momentum to enact change.
The question is, what might that change look like? And what compromises would the community – and the school – be required to make?
The elementary school on the Island has waiting lists of parents hoping to get a spot. So why, then, are so many parents fleeing the same middle school? In the first of a series of articles about the middle school at PS/Is 217, we look at how an effort to increase choice has left our neighborhood school fighting to survive.
While IS 217 cannot offer a specialized program or many of the extracurriculars of a larger school, it does have an ace in the hole that few other schools can boast of: a relationship with the Island’s Cornell Tech graduate school.
Cornell Tech’s work with IS 217, including helping the school embed computer science into every grade, could arguably be more valuable than what is happening at the most desirable District 2 school.