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Students from the East Flatbush Community Research School co-star with singer, actress, dancer, and choreographer, Paula Abdul in the official music video for the Turnaround Arts program entitled "Everyday People.  Click on the title to watch.  

EFCRS Students Shine at the White House.

posted May 26, 2016, 11:01 AM by Christopher Padmore   [ updated May 26, 2016, 11:06 AM ]

4 Brooklyn schools represent the borough in White House performance

posted May 25, 2016, 8:02 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 25, 2016, 8:03 AM ]

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Students from four Brooklyn schools are on their way to Washington, D.C. to perform for first lady Michelle Obama.

Sixteen students will be joining a larger group at the White House to meet and sing for Obama and other high-profile guests.

At a struggling Brooklyn school, having more hands on deck is helping boost student literacy

posted May 4, 2016, 10:21 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 4, 2016, 10:22 AM ]

Every afternoon at a struggling middle school in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, sixth- and seventh-graders spend an extra hour at school improving their reading skills. But they can’t hide in the back of a classroom.

Instead, the students at East Flatbush Community Research School are sitting face-to-face with their peers and instructors. In one classroom this week, tutors worked with the school’s lowest-level readers in groups of four. In another room, eight students pulled out key words from a book (which on Tuesday happened to be about about a vampire bunny). Down the hall, the highest-performing students took an elective class focused on critical thinking skills

Arts program aims to transform 4 Brooklyn schools

posted May 4, 2016, 7:44 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 4, 2016, 10:23 AM ]

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced that this year, four Brooklyn public schools will be taking part in the "Turnaround Arts" program.

The program is aimed at improving student achievement through music, performance and other forms of...

Celebrities lend support for initiative to keep the arts in schools

posted May 4, 2016, 7:38 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 4, 2016, 10:24 AM ]

Art programs are often the first ones cut when schools are forced to trim the budget, even though these programs have been shown to help students learn better in the core subjects like math, science, and reading. For this reason, the White House started the initiative Turnaround: Arts, and now it's here, at several Brooklyn schools.

"We treat it like an elective, like a bonus, like something you get if there's room and time, even though it's demonstrably one of things that makes children want to engage in learning," said actor Edward Norton.



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