Education Spotlight

Man with multiple sclerosis using books to help kids face life’s challenges

Scott Cerkowski was once a baseball player, who worked on honing his skills. That changed when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Instead of saying, “Why me?” he said to himself, “How can I help others -- especially kids who are facing challenges?” That led to a series of children’s books.

  • Albany church helping black community get higher education

    The rate of blacks graduating from college is only about 45 percent. While there are a number of factors for this, money – or lack thereof, is a big reason. That’s why some churches have been stepping in to help.

  • NYSUT president urges boycott of state tests

    The president of New York's largest teachers union is urging parents to opt their children out of next month's standardized math and English tests.

  • NY charter movement vies for dominance with teachers unions

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - For decades, teachers unions and their influence over education policy were largely unchallenged, using their political muscle and deep pockets to support elected allies and punish opponents.

  • 'Young and Gifted' middle schoolers send positive message

    They have more than 2,500 hits on YouTube, gaining quite a reputation and they're still in middle school.

  • Training teachers to help identify dyslexia

    Should teachers in New York State be trained to recognize students with dyslexia? Many parents say “yes.” In fact, parents attending a NewsChannel 13 education forum this past September urged us to research the issue and we did.

  • Schenectady students using peer mediation to solve problems

    At Schenectady High School, students are being trained to be peer mediators. They help other students deal with problems without resorting to violence or bullying.

  • The ribbon is cut on the new Helping Hands Academy Nursery School, as students and dignitaries stand on the new playground. School at home in its new location

    NewsChannel 13 held an education forum last week and highlighted programs that focus on helping students with special needs. Sometimes, those needs call for new surroundings to show special needs kids they are important and not forgotten. Just ask the kids at Helping Hands Academy Nursery School in Clifton Park, who helped officially cut the ribbon on their new school Tuesday.

  • Education Nation forum a big success

    NewsChannel 13 is getting quite a bit of feedback on our education forum Thursday night at SEFCU in Albany. The topic was the impact of Common Core standards on students with learning disabilities. One recurring concern was how to help students with dyslexia.

  • Packed house at NewsChannel 13 Education Nation forum

    Parents, teachers and education advocates converged at SEFCU headquarters in Albany, Thursday for the NewsChannel 13 education forum.

  • Organization trains parents to advocate for child

    The Parent Network of the Capital Region -- an agency that is under the umbrella of the Wildwood Programs is funded by State Ed. They offer over 150 parent training sessions a year. There's also a number of other resources to help parents.