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Mark your calendars for a happy hour and much more in 2014

2014 is going to be a big year for GothamSchools Chalkbeat New York — and you’re invited to come along for the ride, starting with three important events this month.

First, we’re relaunching our website to reflect our new name and network on Jan. 7 — just a few days from now. We previewed what articles will look like last month, and you’ll find many more new features next week.

We’ll celebrate our relaunch Jan. 16 at an event hosted by our Reader Advisory Board, a small group of dedicated readers who give us feedback and advice — and plan us parties. Here’s what Sanda Balaban, a member of the advisory group, says about the event:

Celebrate the inauguration of a new year, a new mayor, a new educational leader, and GothamSchools’ new incarnation as Chalkbeat New York!

The Chalkbeat New York Reader Advisory Board hopes you will join us for an interactive happy hour salon on Jan. 16 to discuss promises, possibilities, and potential pitfalls during this transition for the city’s schools. … We look forward to facilitating the best conversations about education you’ll have had in 2014.

The happy hour will be at Professor Thom’s (212 Second Ave. between 13th and 14th streets in Manhattan) from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 16. Please RSVP.

Finally, on Jan. 22 we’re co-hosting an event with the Center for Teaching Quality, where local educators will discuss “Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave,” a book that the center published last year. Stephen Lazar, Ariel Sacks, and Jose Vilson, city teachers whose thoughts have all appeared on GothamSchools before, will make the case for new roles for teachers in a discussion moderated by our community educator, Emma Sokoloff-Rubin. Stay tuned for more details about that event soon.

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