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Gail Robinson

Gail Robinson is a writer who specializes in education and other public policy issues. Based in New York City, she also is an adjunct professor at Baruch College/City University of New York. For more than 10 years, Robinson was editor-in-chief of Gotham Gazette, an award-winning publication on New York politics and policy.

Recent Stories

It all started in a German castle: How wilderness programs shape some urban schools

Techniques honed in the wilderness help students build homes, make films, tend gardens and act in a play about apartheid

Presentations and portfolios take the place of tests for some students

High schools may use an alternate graduation path for students who stumble on the ‘normal’ route

After almost 30 years at an alternative high school, Ann Cook now heads a consortium of New York public high schools that assess students with little reliance on standardized tests.

NYC schools that skip standardized tests have higher graduation rates

An interview with the woman overseeing the group defying convention

Now chair of the board, William Diehl has been involved with Diploma Plus since its founding in Boston almost 20 years ago.

Alternative high schools emphasize learning over time in class

“In most education settings, the constant is time, and learning is a variable. Our approach is that learning is constant, and timing is the variable.”

Sheila Harrity oversaw the turnaround of Worcester Technical High School by supporting struggling students, increasing academic rigor, and making vocational courses interesting and relevant.

Failing high schools rarely turn around. But this one did

An interview with the principal who made it happen

Juniors at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture prepare to erect walls for small houses they will build on the school grounds.

Even vocational high schools are pushing kids to go to college

Growing pains for high schools offering career and technical training

Keira McCaffrey uses her iPad to figure out the area of a rectangle. During the math lesson, she and the other third-graders will use their tablets for some problems, paper and pencil for others.

Glued to the screen: A third grade class where kids spend 75% of the day on iPads

Is this the future of education? What digital learning looks like when third-graders use it all day in one suburban district.

For the first time, schools in the nation’s largest charter network are investing in technology in a big way

AUSTIN, Texas — Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. One day at the beginning of the school year, first-graders grappled with math concepts…

Technology offers special help in special ed

Eleven-year-old Matthew Votto sits at an iPad, his teacher at his elbow. She holds up a small laminated picture of a $20 bill. “What money is this?” she asks. Matthew…