Community Activists Help Create Vision For a New Lower East Side School

Envisioning a New Lower East Side School: Planning Event January 11

If you have kids in the public school or if you’re interested in education issues on the Lower East Side, you might want to put this event on you January calendar.

Innovate Manhattan Charter Opens New Home on the Lower East Side

Innovate Manhattan Charter School has a new facility, located on the third floor of a residential and commerical building on Forsyth and Delancey streets.

The new school year is upon us, a fact some youngsters acknowledge only with total dread. But the middle schoolers at Innovate Manhattan Charter School, the Lower East Side’s third and newest charter school, have a lot to look forward to when classes start tomorrow.

On August 23rd, Innovate opened the doors of its brand new facility at 38 Delancey Street, in an open house for students and their families. The pristine space, located on the third floor of a residential and commercial building, embodies the tenets of the Kunskapsskolan Educational model (KED), which was developed in Sweden and is currently used in 34 Swedish schools. Innovate Manhattan is the first American school to adopt the model, which emphasizes individual instruction and flexibility to help students take charge of their own learning.

Opening Tomorrow: (Re)Visiting SPURA

From the New School:

A new exhibition “(Re)Visiting SPURA,” by the New School’s City Studio class, explores the many ways to view Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), the largest undeveloped city-owned parcel of land south of 96th Street, which has been a contested site since it was cleared for “renewal” more than 40 years ago.

For the past three years, New School Urban Studies faculty Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani has taught the “City Studio” class to look at this contested site and its history, while stressing engagement with the community planning process and the multiple Lower East Side communities. City Studio has collaborated with Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), the Pratt Center for Community Development, common room, and the Abrons Art Center.

The students exhibiting in “Exploring SPURA” are:  Matthew FujibayashiJoshua Guerra, Jaclyn Hersh, Sohee Kim, Corey Mullee, Amy Nguyen, David Privat-Gilman, Ian Pugh and Matthew Taylor.

The exhibition will open on Thursday, April 7 (6-8pm) and will run through May 20, 2011.