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Noteworthy: The Showcase Schools Newsletter 
Volume 1, Issue 1 




Dear Friends of Showcase,
Welcome back from summer vacation, a time we hope for you has been relaxing, rejuvenating, and re-energizing. For us on the Showcase Schools team, it has been one of many shifts as we work to grow and evolve our program.

Since last fall, we have sought feedback from visitors and noticed one common theme: visitors wanted more—more time at the schools, more information, more opportunities to visit, and more support in adapting practices. Supporting visitors in gaining a deeper understanding of all that constitutes a school's promising practice is a process that extends beyond a three and a half hour opportunity.

We listened. This year, our cohort has grown to 24 schools, adding a variety of new focus areas. Visits will extend to four and a half hours, and every Showcase this year will include time for visitors to network over lunch.
We’re also working to offer more support to visitors in adapting promising practices to meet the needs of their own schools. This year, each Showcase School will develop an extension activity as part of our new Showcase Extension program. These optional activities are led by teacher leaders at each Showcase School, providing a structured process for attendees to learn more about the practices that were shared.

When we share our resources and our ideas, and when we reflect upon our work together, we can affect change. We hope that in our second year, the Showcase Schools team can continue to build on the structures that support you in collaborating with each other, and ultimately help all students achieve success.

Yours in collaboration,
Chau Ngo-Rayman
in this issue 
 what's new this year?

 2014-2015 data 

 spotlight on: Kyle Brillante, the Highbridge Green School
 showcase schools video 

 showcase on the road

 2015-2016 showcase visit dates

 
showcase team - who's who 
what's new this year?
 extension updates
We will be launching our Showcase Extension program in January 2016. Led by teacher leaders, all Showcase Schools this year will offer extension activities to help visitors gain a deeper understanding of the promising practices shared. Visitors will receive support in adapting these practices to meet the needs of their school communities. Stay tuned for more!

 more schools & focus areas

Showcase Schools has grown to include 24 schools and a diverse list of Learning Focus Areas (LFAs). For a complete list, see the table below.
 
 come hungry!
What better way to make connections with others in your profession than to do it over a meal? All visits will include catered breakfast and lunch, giving you more time and space to network and process your learning.
 longer showcase visits

Many of you expressed that you wanted more time to spend in the schools. This year, we are extending each Showcase visit by one hour and will provide all visitors the opportunity to take part in Showcase Extension activities.
 
 bring your friends!

Our feedback shows that many participants wished they had attended a Showcase visit with a colleague. This year, we encourage you to plan early and attend visits with others who can help you make impactful changes in your school community.

2014 - 2015 data 
In our pilot year, 17 schools across the five boroughs participated in the Showcase Schools program, providing roughly 3,959 hours of professional development to education professionals across the Department of Education. Our data shows that 55% of school-based visitors traveled out of their borough to attend a Showcase visit. Of the 1,131 total attendees represented on the right, 234 people attended multiple Showcase visits throughout the year, and many more expressed an interest in extending the learning.
spotlight on: 
Kyle Brillante, The Highbridge Green School 
As a returning school, what are you most looking forward to this year?
 
Photo.Kyle Brillante


Kyle Brillante, Principal
The Highbridge Green School
Bronx, NY
"We're proud and humbled to return for a second year as a Showcase School, highlighting our cross-content literacy practices to ensure that all of our 8th graders enter high school reading on or above level.

Feedback from previous Showcase visitors was super helpful. It enabled us to reflect on our literacy work throughout the year, and pushed us to think about how we could adjust those strategies for the diversity of our learners in real time.
 We're excited to highlight our new thinking about these strategies based on our visitor's feedback, specifically around discussion and how we can get students to feel more ownership over their reading comprehension.

As we look ahead to this year, we hope to continue to receive feedback from visitors - both old and new - about student discussion through the use of consistent literacy practices. And we hope to grow our network of thinking partners so that we can continue to dialogue and critically think about how the use of cross-content literacy practices will help us meet our literacy goals."
showcase schools video
The Work of Play
Have you seen our latest video "The Work of Play" featuring Central Park East II Elementary School in Manhattan? 
Check out NYCDOE Showcase Schools Program's Vimeo page for access to more videos, including "Developing Literacy," "Student Voice," "A Culture of Reading," and our "Showcase Schools Program."  Enjoy, and thanks for watching!
showcase on the road
In the spirit of collaboration, the Showcase Schools team will be presenting at conferences this year to highlight the success and impact of the program. Join us at the following events:
 Progressive Education Network 
(PEN) National Conference 2015
 

Theme: "Access, Equity, and Activism: Teaching the Possible" 
Conference Dates: October 8 - 10
Location: New York, NY
Website Link: Here
Showcase Details:

    Resource Fair on October 9
    80 minute session on October 10
 Coalition for Essential Schools
(CES) Fall Forum 2015
 

Theme: "Connecting Conversations" 
Conference Dates: November 5 - 7 
Location: Portland, ME 
Website Link: Here 
Showcase Details:
    75 minute session on date TBD 
2015 - 2016 showcase visit dates

**Link is accessible to NYCDOE employees only. If you are not a NYCDOE employee but would like to learn more about Showcase Schools, please contact showcaseschools@schools.nyc.gov.
showcase team - who's who
 
Thank you for reading our first 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!
 
Are you part of a Showcase School and want to publicize school events or other PD opportunities to our newsletter audience? For more information on how to submit, contact glok@schools.nyc.gov.

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