Blanca Battino

Impact of Remote Learning on the Washington Heights Community

In March 2020, teaching environments quickly moved to remote learning in an effort to stem the growing COVID-19 pandemic.  As District 6 in Washington Heights grappled with how to continue to serve the educational needs of its nearly 22,000 students — of which 84.6% are Hispanic, 7.1% Black, 5.6%, white and 1.5% Asian — many…

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The Devastating Impacts of Homelessness on Learning

In 2015-2016, one in every 10 children was homeless, up six percent from the year before. That’s more than 111,500 New York City schoolchildren and, as The New York Times pointed out, “enough to populate a small city.” The Coalition for the Homeless (2017) reports that, with NYC in the worst crisis of homelessness since the…

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