The Huggington Post Highlights BAL Activists

Camiscoli wants her students to leave the program feeling like Kevin — stronger, more open-minded and hopeful about what’s possible — rather than downtrodden or bitter. 

“These are stories of strength because integration needs to be a conversation about strengths,” she told her class. “All of you have beautiful strengths, and we are looking to see how we can most powerfully look at how we are not bringing them together and how we might in the future.”

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DNA Info Highlights BAL's Fundraising Efforts

Many students from the Bronx Academy of Letters have been aware of these disparities and started an organization called IntegrateNYC4me to address segregation of city schools and the inequities of resources that come along with that.

Cardet-Hernandez believes his school's approach has helped empower his students.

“We’re modeling a process [for our students],” Cardet-Hernandez said, “that we don’t accept the status quo.”

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Chalkbeat Highlights Bronx Letters Integrated Counseling Program

With extra hands on deck, Melendez has time to notice when a student’s grades start to slip. He can counsel students who are still learning English on the possibility of taking state tests in their native language, or schedule a phone call with a family that needs help navigating social services systems — rather than relying on an outside agency that may be too overwhelmed to follow up.

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Bronx Letters Instructional Strategies Featured in The Atlantic

... at the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy, Principal Brandon Cardet-Hernandez projects that the Bronx Academy will have an 85-percent graduation rate, surpassing the city’s current average of 65 percent. He expects that Jeremiah, Jasherah, and Paula will graduate and go onto college.

“These digital sites are effective tools to incentivize our special-needs students to become active participants in their own education,” the principal said. “It’s also another way that we cultivate high-interest educational opportunities and redefine what learning looks and feels like.”

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Bronx Letters Scholars Push DOE To Take First Step Towards School Integration

In the South Bronx's District 7, students have created a project called IntegrateNYC4Me to push for student-led solutions to segregation. District 7 is almost exclusively black and Latino and therefore not very diverse, but students have collaborated with peers in largely white, wealthy District 2 and with other students in Central Brooklyn's District 22. The Department of Education will launch a pilot program aiming at creating diversity at seven elementary schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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