The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that living through a historical moment as opposed to just studying it are two radically different experiences. This past May, WCA released not one but two online surveys to assess how Westchester children … Read More & Comment
Looking for Clues – 2018 Community Snapshots are here!
Click here for the Community Snapshots! When the Community Snapshots first started, they included only five cities in Westchester County—Peekskill, White Plains, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, & Yonkers. In the following years, WCA expanded coverage to include Ossining and Mamaroneck. … Read More & Comment
My Summer Internship at WCA!
The following post was written by our amazing summer intern, Eric Fedio. Eric was with WCA for 9 weeks this summer through Cornell University’s Blumenthal Internship Program. We wish him all the best as he enters his senior year at … Read More & Comment
And Just Like That, I Became a Huge Data Nerd
Using data to influence the greater good has become something of a passion of mine over the last three years or so. I have Westchester Children’s Association to thank for that. When I showed up at this office in March … Read More & Comment
How Do We Build Positive School Climate?
The recent increase in school shootings, including Parkland, has put school safety on everybody’s mind. School violence, unfortunately, has also been an issue that hits us close to home. On January 10, 2018, a 16- year old girl was stabbed … Read More & Comment
An Alternative Measure for School Success – Part II
Viewing Educational Growth Data through a Racial Lens – What’s the Point? I always feel a little hesitant when presenting data through a racial lens. There are times when I ask myself: What is the point of this whole exercise? … Read More & Comment
An Alternative Measure for School Success – Part I
A new Stanford University study uses growth, as opposed to proficiency, to examine school district performance. At the local level, an initial look shows that more affluent school districts tend to have higher growth scores. However, two school districts, White … Read More & Comment
Why I Am So Proud of Yonkers’ New & Improved Code of Conduct
Since the release of Dreams Deferred in 2013, WCA’s Connecting Youth workgroup has worked on remedies to re-engage youth disconnected from work and school. The report recommends districts, “reduce exclusionary/disciplinary and suspension practices in school and encourage restorative practices”. Student … Read More & Comment