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Noteworthy: The Showcase Schools Newsletter 
Volume 1, Issue 4 - Summer 2016
Dear Friends of Showcase,
 
With a hard-earned summer vacation just around the corner for many of you, the Showcase Schools team would like to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. Whether you attended a visit, spread the word about one, or planned a series of them, we hope you have experienced growth in your own practice.
 
This year, our schools hosted 1,859 visitors across our three rounds of visits, over three-quarters of whom work in schools. About 80% of visitors have tried implementing something they learned from our schools, and we are beyond excited to know that promising practices are growing citywide. See below for more exciting statistics from this past year.
 
Our program marked the close of this school year with an End of Year Celebration which took place last month. Our schools had an opportunity to


share their work through interactive presentations that described how they grew in their practices and as leaders of adult learning. Since we use storytelling in each of our visits as a vehicle in bringing people together, we also held a Showcase Story Slam where several of our principals shared personal stories connected to their school’s promising practices. Being open to telling stories is an important first step in building relationships, ones we hope are collaborative, lasting, and rewarding.
 
We hope everyone has a relaxing and restful summer. Stay tuned for the next issue of Noteworthy in the fall, where we will recap our kick-off event with our new Showcase cohort and share registration information for 2016-2017.
 
Yours in collaboration, 
Chau Ngo-Rayman
in this issue 
 showcase by the numbers

 2016 - 2017 showcase schools

 end of year celebration
 
 stories of change

 showcase schools video

 follow us
showcase by the numbers
In the 2015-2016 school year, 23 schools across all grade bands opened their doors to a total of 1,859 visitors from across the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and all five boroughs, inviting them to engage in 8,366 hours of professional development focused on sharing and making sense of promising practices. Our data shows that 98.7% of visitors found value in the visits, with classroom visits, panels, and artifacts resonating the strongest.
2016 - 2017 showcase schools
We are excited to announce our third and largest Showcase school cohort. During the 2016 - 2017 school year, 37 schools will be sharing a unique and inspiring promising practice with the NYC DOE community. In collaboration with the Showcase team, our schools will curate transformational learning experiences that include guided activities, classroom tours, and tangible artifacts for visitors to bring back to their schools, organizations, or central offices. Our goal is to inspire visitors and ensure that all participants leave with the means to work towards next steps in adopting these practices. We look forward to continue sharing promising practices with you! Schools' focus area and the specific Showcase visit dates for 2016 - 2017 will be announced in the fall edition of Noteworthy.

01M063 - The STAR Academy - P.S.63, Manhattan
Elementary School, Principal Cameron

01M188 - P.S. 188 The Island School, Manhattan
K - 8, Principal Ramos
01M450 - East Side Community High School,  Manhattan
Secondary School, Principal Federman

02M126 - P.S. 126 Jacob August Riis, Manhattan
K - 8, Principal Getz

02M151 - Yorkville Community School, Manhattan
Elementary School, Principal Kaplan

02M413 - School of the Future High School, Manhattan
K - 8, Principal Goldstein

02M580 - Richard R. Green High School of Teaching, Manhattan
High School, Principal Pugh

03M165 - P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon, Manhattan
K - 8, Principal Castellano-Folk

03M250 - M.S. 250 West Side Collaborative Middle School, Manhattan
Middle School, Principal Bailey
04M964 - Central Park East II, Manhattan
K - 8, Principal Smith

05M670 - Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, Manhattan
Secondary School, Principal Davenport

06M314 - Muscota, Manhattan
Elementary School, Principal Wallin

07X154 - P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt, The Bronx
Elementary School, Principal Coviello

07X359 - Concourse Village Elementary School, The Bronx
Elementary School, Principal Sorden

08X069 - P.S. 069 Journey Prep School, The Bronx
Elementary School, Principal Durant

08X071 - P.S. 071 Rose E. Scala, The Bronx
K - 8, Principal Mirando

09X170 - P.S. 170, The Bronx
Early Childhood, Principal Acevedo-Suarez

09X297 - Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies, The Bronx
High School, Principal Mazzaroppi

14K196 - P.S. 196 Ten Eyck, Brooklyn
Elementary School, Principal Santaromita

15K032 - P.S. 032 Samuel Mills Sprole, Brooklyn
Elementary School, Principal Watson-Adin

15K442 - M.S. 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation, Brooklyn
Middle School, Principal Mills

20K069 - P.S. 69 Vincent D. Grippo School, Brooklyn
Elementary School, Principal Capetanakis

21K216 - P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini, Brooklyn
Elementary School, Principal Neglia

21K253 - P.S. 253, Brooklyn
Elementary School, Principal Ditillo Speroni

22K217 - P.S. 217 Colonel David Marcus School, Brooklyn
Elementary School, Principal Conti

23K599 - Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School, Brooklyn
Elementary School, Principal Williams

24Q012 - P.S. 012 James B. Colgate, Queens
Elementary School, Principal Moskos

27Q062 - P. S. 62 Chester Park School, Queens
Elementary School, Principal O’Dowd
27Q065 - P.S. 65 The Raymond York Elementary School, Queens
Elementary School, Principal Morales

28Q167 - Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, Queens
Secondary School, Principal McCord & Principal Finley

28Q354 - P.S. 354, Queens
Elementary School, Principal Askew

29Q095 - P.S. 095 Eastwood, Queens
Elementary School, Principal Hill

30Q150 - P.S. 150 Queens, Queens
Elementary School, Principal Parache

30Q329 - East Elmhurst Community School, Queens
Elementary School, Principal Staroba-Hallenback

32K376 - P.S. 376, Queens
Elementary School, Principal Vera-Drucker

31R075 - I.S. 075 Frank D. Paulo, Staten Island
Middle School, Principal Zapata

31R440 - New Dorp High School, Staten Island
High School, Principal DeAngelis-Dales
end of year celebration
On May 24, we hosted our End of Year Celebration at Tweed Courthouse. Throughout the year, our schools worked tirelessly to host visitors from all over the NYC DOE. We held this event to recognize their hard work in promoting collaboration and their strong dedication to sharing and developing their own promising practices. Around 150 visitors traveled from within all five boroughs to attend the event and much of Tweed Central staff took time to join in on this evening of sharing and celebration.

The evening began with opening remarks from Chancellor Fariña, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning Phil Weinberg, Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning Senior Executive Director Lam Lamson, and Showcase Schools Executive Director Chau Ngo-Rayman. A "Share Fair" followed in which our schools provided artifacts and detailed their year with the program. Schools reflected on their work this year as leaders, learners, and agents of collaboration. They shared with visitors how participating in the program helped them grow in their own practices and how visitors learned from and engaged with promising practices during Showcase visits. The event rounded out with a "Story Slam" in which a few our principals shared their journeys of growth of their respective promising practices.
 
A big thank you to all who helped make this event a success!
Additional pictures of our event can be found here.
story slam
 
From the Principal's Office: A Storytelling Slam | WNYC
Hear personal stories told by our Showcase principals at the End of Year Celebration Story Slam!
Alexa Sorden, Concourse Village Elementary School As a child of immigrants, Alexa was encouraged from a young age to follow the rules. In school, too, she was never asked to think critically, but only to follow directions. A tutoring opportunity in high school opened up a new mode of learning for her, one she hopes to instill in all her students today. 
Robert Bender, P.S. 11 The William T. Harris School Starting out as a young, white, going-to-save-the-world teacher in Harlem, Bob was excited to bring his students to a program researching the Brooklyn Bridge. Witnessing one of his students interact with kids from a more affluent school, opens Bob’s eyes to the responsibilities and realities of his job.
Denise Watson-Adin, P.S. 32 Samuel Mills Sprole School Teaching at a therapeutic school in Chicago, Denise can’t determine what to do about the tough-seeming student who spends the beginning of every school day sleeping in the back corner. Revelations about the student’s life show her that every student needs something different in order to be able to learn.
A Special Thanks to Our Storytellers

Donna Neglia
P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini, Brooklyn

Mark Federman
East Side Community High School, Manhattan

Denise Watson-Adin
P.S. 32 Samuel Mills Sprole School, Brooklyn

Jaynemarie Capetenakis
P.S. 69 Vincent D. Grippo School, Brooklyn

Robert Bender
P.S. 11 The William T. Harris School, Manhattan

Novella Bailey
M.S. 250 West Side Collaborative Middle School, Manhattan

Alexa Sorden
P.S. 359 Concourse Village Elementary School, The Bronx
our fellows
Showcase Fellows are teacher leaders from each Showcase School who are identified to lead the planning and development of Showcase events at their school. Throughout the year, Showcase Fellows engage in professional development and planning with the Showcase Schools team in order to create learning experiences that cater to visitors of all backgrounds. Using their expertise around their school’s learning focus area, Fellows also develop artifacts aimed to support others in understanding and adapting the promising practices seen at their schools. For our End of Year Celebration, fellows crafted thoughtful presentations to further share promising practices. Our Fellows are highly collaborative, extremely passionate, and are the driving force of our program. Showcase would not be possible without them.
stories of change
"We have a much deeper sense of our students' strengths and where they need to grow both academically and socially
because of the great work we witnessed at the Showcase School."
 
Jeneca Parker, Assistant Principal of the J. M. Rapport School for Career Development for the past 4 years, reflects on her 2015 - 2016 Showcase visit experience.
How did you choose to attend Showcase visits?  
A team of teachers and I decided to attend New Dorp, Academy of American Studies, and Highbridge because of our school’s instructional focus for this year. In 2015-16, we set forth on an inquiry-based mission to support our students in their ability to communicate their ideas effectively through discussion and written form in all the content areas. STEM teachers prioritized the communication of processes and solutions, while Humanities teachers prioritized how to communicate using relevant and compelling evidence in support of an argument. The Instructional Coach and I also selected School of the Future, Carroll Gardens, and West Side Collaborative to compare how schools provide infrastructure for continuous improvement with teacher team design, scheduling, and asynchronous learning. Lastly, Lower Manhattan and East Side struck my interest as I was looking for tangible ways to support specific teachers who identified areas of growth in their IPC at the beginning of the year.
 
What practices have you been using that came from a Showcase visit?  
Currently, all of our department heads are trained in Hochman Writing. As an Instructional Cabinet, they meet weekly to share in decision-making, create instructional resources, and monitor the program’s effectiveness by analyzing student achievement. By the 2016-17 school year, we will have two-thirds of our standardized assessment teachers trained in the writing program as a result of the New Dorp visit.
 
During one of our inquiry cycles with the history department, we visited the Academy of American Studies. The professional learning community's (PLC) goal of the cycle was to support students in the analysis of historical documents for consideration of sourcing and contextualization as reading like a historian skills. The school visit allowed my staff to visit other high school classrooms, sift through instructional materials, and engage in a powerful discussion with AAS teachers about how to best teach historical thinking skills to struggling learners. We took back some amazing resources and ideas. Our PLC objective was successfully met with 57% of students meeting the cycle goal and 29% exceeding the goal.
 
After visiting East Side, the school librarian and our 10th grade ELA teacher transformed their teaching practice by piloting a Reading Initiative. Our school won a $2,500 Library REACH grant from The Fund for Public Schools to support independent reading and collaboration throughout the school. We have seen success in students’ sustained reading time, comprehension skills, and newfound love of literacy.
 
Our grading policies and how we provide a comprehensive picture of student progress on their path to careers and graduation has shifted due to the best practices at West Side Collaborative and Carroll Gardens. Our teacher teams have since spent months reworking their student-friendly learning targets to get at the heart of what it means to be successful in a given skill, topic, and grade. We are very much looking forward to unveiling this work the end of the summer.
 
Because of my trip to Lower Manhattan Community School and Highbridge Green, we have improved our PLCs. Previously, our staff teaching electives did not find the traditional PLC model useful to their own practice. However, we were able to modify a structured approach to regular inter-visitations. This change was made possible because of the trio team structure that was observed at Lower Manhattan. A second meeting that was improved was our grade-level team meeting. We had an ah-ha moment when redesigning our Knowledge of Students report where teachers and related service providers collectively analyze IEP goals and unit benchmark assessments. Highbridge pushed our thinking when it came to looking at student work with a critical eye and truly collaborative spirit. We have a much deeper sense of our students' strengths and where they need to grow both academically and socially because of the great work we witnessed at the Showcase School.
showcase schools video
Celebrate NYC DOE Showcase Schools  2016
Take a look at our latest video "Celebrate NYC DOE Showcase Schools 2016" for live footage from our end of year event!
Check out NYCDOE Showcase Schools Program's Vimeo page for access to more videos, including "The Work of Play," "Student Voice," "A Culture of Reading," "Developing Literacy," and our "Showcase Schools Program."  Enjoy, and thanks for watching!
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Thank you for reading our fourth edition of Noteworthy: The Showcase Schools Newsletter! This is an open subscription newsletter circulated among the Department of Education and past Showcase Schools visitors.
 
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please send them to showcaseschools@schools.nyc.gov. We also welcome article ideas and contributions. Please be sure to mention “Noteworthy” in the subject line!
 
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