Nick Pandolfo

Nick Pandolfo writes for The Hechinger Report. A native of New York City, he majored in education at Eugene Lang College and later taught ESL for four years in New York, China and South Korea. Before entering Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Pandolfo spent a year backpacking across Asia and Australia, photographing and writing stories about ferry travel to China and road-tripping across an Australian desert. He has since covered education as an intern for City Hall News/The Capitol, and his work has appeared in The Washington Post, WSJ.com, Kaiser Health News and Forbes.com.

Recent Stories

Experiments on Bronx school’s green roof taking students far

Bronx Design and Construction Academy ninth-graders Elton Hollingsworth (left) and Noel Cruz, both 14, stand atop the green roof with Nathaniel Wight (far right), a teacher who leads…

Q&A with Dan Chambliss: A successful college education can come down to a single conversation

Dan Chambliss (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) How does someone succeed in college? It’s the $64,000 question—or, these days, more like the $150,000 question—whose answer has been sought…

What value-added models can—and can’t—tell us about teaching and learning

Getting your middle-schooler in front of a high-quality teacher for even one year will improve his or her chances of going to college and earning a good salary later in…

Q&A with Russell Rumberger: Reaching college graduation goals starts with fixing the high school dropout problem

Russell Rumberger In America’s push for education reform, the college completion problem is now under the microscope. The Obama Administration’s goal, for instance, is to have 60…

Harvard joins MIT in offering free online courses

EdX President Anant Agarwal prepares to speak at the press conference. (Photo by Dominick Reuter) Harvard University announced today that it is joining MIT in offering free…

At New York City ed tech meetup, numbers grow but the message stays the same

The field of education often adopts technologies well after they appear in the business world. Perhaps for this reason, more and more entrepreneurs are seeing opportunity in adapting these technologies…

Social media and video games in classrooms can yield valuable data for teachers

Social media, video games, blogs and wikis are playing increasingly important roles in classrooms across the country. Some worry that incorporating more social media and other technologies into education is…

Q&A with Patricia Gándara: Parents are greatest driver to improve Latino college graduation rates

Patricia Gándara Increasing educational attainment among Latino students—who are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country, and who consistently lag behind their white and Asian peers in…

Report highlights lagging Latino college achievement state by state

A student receives help at Bronx Community College in New York City (photo by Ryan Brenizer) It’s no secret that the growing Latino population in America will…

Q&A with Kai Drekmeier: On getting students to and through college

Kai Drekmeier (Photo by Julia Ra) Low college graduation rates are a hot topic of discussion in America, with frequent mention of the fact that we’re falling…