Noteworthy: The Showcase Schools Newsletter 
Volume 2, Issue 1 - Fall 2016

Dear Friends of Showcase,
The Showcase Schools team offers you a warm "welcome back" from what we hope was an enjoyable and restful summer. At our Showcase Schools Summer Kick-Off in July, we were so excited to meet with our schools and friends of Showcase. Our schools began envisioning what their Showcase visits will look like this year and spent time crafting the stories that would frame their visit day. In the weeks following, we had the opportunity to get to know each school team a little better as we began our first planning visits, and we look forward to building these relationships as the year progresses.

We are very fortunate to work in a city that values collaboration and adult learning as models for student learning. Our work aims to create better supports and opportunities for students while they are in our care. In a place as diverse as New York City, we work hard with our Showcase Schools to make content accessible and relevant to every person who walks into a Showcase visit.
How do you share a promising practice? One size does not fit all. Throughout the year, our program team and the Showcase Fellows engage in professional development on ways to lead impactful, transformational adult learning experiences. We hope our visitors leave empowered, hopeful, and able to move their own work forward.

As you and your colleagues prepare for a new year, we hope you are as excited as we are for the time we will spend learning from each other. Below you can find a full schedule of our Showcase visits this year, along with links to register for each session.

From all of us on the Showcase Team, we wish you a wonderful first day of school and a exciting start to your year.

Yours in collaboration,
Chau Ngo-Rayman
in this issue 
 showcase summer recap

 2016-2017 showcase visit dates

 showcase on the road
 featured video

 showcase in the news

 follow us
showcase summer recap
 summer kick-off event
On Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, the Showcase Schools team hosted their annual Summer Kick-Off event. Team members from the 2016 – 2017 Showcase School cohort, consisting of 37 schools, came together to collaborate with the Showcase team. This event began with thoughtful words of encouragement and motivation from Phil Weinberg, Lamson Lam, and Chau Ngo-Rayman. After two full days of hard work, school teams came away with an understanding of how to plan transformational learning experiences.

This year our schools’ visits will focus on topics ranging from collaborative structures to community school practices to affirming student identities. We are excited to share these visits with you this fall. See below for this year's full visit schedule.
School teams had time to network, sharing elevator pitches about their work and their school's focus area. Participants in the activity traded Showcase business cards and built a list of schools they are interested in visiting starting in the fall.
Attendees heard from past Showcase visitors about their experiences attending a Showcase visit, what activities resonated most with them, and how they were able to use what they learned in their own work. Showcase Principals and Assistant Principals talk about sharing from the school's perspective.
Some people learn better with visuals, guides, or templates. In explaining a practice and exploring the nuances within, the audience may need supplemental resources. In a gallery walk, school teams explored the three different types of Showcase artifacts, learned about what purpose each one serves, and when it is appropriate to use them.
Storytelling sets the stage for Showcase visits and drives the learning forward by providing context and forging a connection between the school and their visitors. Storyteller Tim Manley led the group through a step-by-step approach to crafting a personal story rich with details and imagery. After the hour-long workshop, Principal Matthew Mazzaroppi shared with the whole room a powerful and moving narrative.
Collaboration is key! With so much to share about what it takes to plan a Showcase visit, it was great to have our schools attend the Kick-Off in teams to do their best thinking. Schools had the opportunity to build community with other Showcase Schools and set a collaborative tone for the upcoming year.
 fellows summer convening
On Tuesday, August 9, our 2016-2017 Showcase Fellows came together for the first time at the Fellows Summer Convening. Fellows are teacher leaders that lead the planning of Showcase visits at their respective schools, and they meet regularly throughout the year for professional development that supports them in this work. During the Summer Convening, veteran Fellows shared activity ideas and helpful tips on how to engage visitors in meaningful learning experiences. We are excited to welcome both new and returning Fellows to the program this year!
2016-2017 showcase visit dates

**Link is accessible to NYC DOE employees only. If you are not a NYC DOE employee but would like to learn more about Showcase Schools, please contact
showcase on the road 
In the spirit of sharing promising practices, the Showcase Schools team will be presenting at conferences this year to highlight the success and impact of the program. You can next find us at...
 Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) 
Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies
Dates: December 1 - 3, 2016
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Website Link: Here

Showcase Session Details:
How to Harness the Power of Storytelling for School Improvement: During this session participants will have an opportunity to learn about the NYC DOE Showcase Schools initiative, a program designed to recognize, celebrate, and share innovative practices through interschool visitations. Storytelling helps frame the day, not for exhibition, but for authentic conversation around what “better” can look like in schools. The creation and sharing of school narratives helps bind schools together through collaboration to achieve a common purpose - student success. In this session participants will learn more about the importance of storytelling and the research that supports it, including how stories can anchor professional learning and provide transformational learning experiences. After hearing powerful, emotional stories from a few NYC principals, participants will have time during the session to begin drafting their own narrative.
showcase schools video 
Making Thinking Visible
Have you seen our latest video "Making Thinking Visible" featuring Concourse Village Elementary School in the Bronx? 
Check out NYC DOE Showcase Schools Program's Vimeo page for access to more videos, including "The Work of Play," "Student Voice," "A Culture of Reading," "Developing Literacy," "Creating Shared Experiences," and our "Showcase Schools Program." Enjoy, and thanks for watching!
showcase in the news 
Our schools have been heating up the press this summer with a lot of noteworthy achievements. Check them out in the news!
“We know that top-down solutions […] and competition aren’t going to help us get better. [...] We have an obligation to be teachers not just of our students, but each other.”
‘Alternative’ School Proves It’s Possible To Be Different And Successful
More on MELS. We're thrilled for their achievement and excited to see them Showcase the practices that support their success!

"The top-performing Renewal school was Public School 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt School, in the Bronx...'We’ve shown steady growth over the last couple years,' [Principal Alison Coviello] said, 'and that’s really what we’re looking for, steady improvement in all areas, in addition to test scores.'"

Concourse Village Elementary School made the 'top ten' lists for their scores in English and math proficiency this past year. Way to go, CVES!

Watch Out, Pinterest: A New Site Is Trying To Offer Classroom Inspiration As School Comes Back In Session
Grace O'Shea's (M.S. 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation) promising classroom practices find their way onto a new site, room2learn, that helps teachers crowdsource ideas for managing and organizing their classrooms.
follow us
"Sharing promising practices" is our motto, and we're constantly looking for ways to share further. We share all things Showcase on social media including our videos, news articles, and photos from our events. Like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date on our visits, or look us up on Twitter with #ShowcaseSchoolsNYC!
Follow us on Facebook and share your Showcase visit experience on Twitter with #ShowcaseSchoolsNYC
past editions
 Noteworthy Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Fall 2015)
 Noteworthy Vol. 1, Issue 2 (Winter 2015)
 Noteworthy Vol. 1, Issue 3 (Spring 2016)
 Noteworthy Vol. 1, Issue 4 (Summer 2016)
Thank you for reading our fifth edition of Noteworthy: The Showcase Schools Newsletter! This is an open subscription newsletter circulated among the Department of Education and past Showcase Schools visitors.
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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 Gala Lok.

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