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Posts Tagged ‘education’

Gifted

In video on March 26, 2011 at 2:45 am

Gifted tells Sky Choi’s story. The 12-year-old college student is enrolled at Florida International University, where he takes Calculus II, Intermediate Chinese Conversation, Physics with Calculus I, Physics Problem Solving, Physics seminar and Physics laboratory.

Role: videographer and video editor

Getting In

In multimedia on August 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Getting In is a long-term, on-going project examining the dizzying process of getting into a Boston Public School. This multimedia project documents 13 families experience as they visit, register and then wait to find out if their 4-year-olds will be assigned one of the limited spots in a prekindergarten class.

Role: content producer, researcher, writer

Award: Honorable Mention, 2012 competition for Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

 

Gifted

In video on August 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

Sky Choi is a 12-year-old college student. Yes, 12.

Friendship opens door to building opportunity

In print on August 24, 2010 at 1:10 am

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Staff Writer
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009

When his longtime buddy wanted to break into the school construction business in Broward County, School Board member Bob Parks stepped in to help.
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Teens’ sexuality issues go with them to school

In print on August 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Staff Writer
Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A single gunshot fired into the torso of one 15-year-old by another in a crowded hallway at Dillard High School immediately ignited concerns about violence in South Florida’s public schools.
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Violence and tragedy: Kids find ways to cope

In print on August 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Sun Sentinel
Date: Friday, May 14, 2010
The tragedies are over, but the mourning continues.

In the past 18 months, South Florida students have been rocked by a rapid succession of shooting deaths, fatal stabbings, drownings, brutal beatings and burnings.
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Can schools afford a four-day week?

In print on August 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Staff Writer
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009

Two Pompano Beach High students sat in their Web design class, adjusting images, picking background colors and wondering what Broward County would look like if every public high school went to the four-day schedule they already have.

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Checkmate

In video on August 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

The award-winning Raider Rooks Chess Team at Edison Park Elementary School in Miami struggled to make it to tournaments due to budget cuts.

At the school, chess is a tool used to boost self-esteem, improve academics and behavior as well as expose students to the world outside of their impoverished neighborhood.

The elementary school sits wedged between an Interstate 95 barrier wall and a public housing project in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.

Unsung Heroes

In audio, multimedia, print, video on August 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Unsung Heroes was a five-day series completed for the Sun Sentinel that profiles five Broward County School District employees who help keep schools running while playing big roles in students’ daily lives. 

The secretary, security specialist, custodian, cafeteria manager and bus driver featured are among 14,000 non-instructional employees who play unheralded roles for Broward Schools, the nation’s sixth largest school district.

Role: project manager, content producer, audio editor, videographer, video editor, writer

Getting In

In multimedia on March 26, 2010 at 2:48 am

Getting In is a long-term, on-going project examining the dizzying process of getting into a Boston Public School. This multimedia project documents 13 families experience as they visit, register and then wait to find out if their 4-year-olds will be assigned one of the limited spots in a prekindergarten class.

Role: content producer, researcher, writer