Noteworthy: The Showcase Schools
Volume 1, Issue 2 - Winter 2015

Dear Friends of Showcase,
I am excited to share with you our second edition of Noteworthy, the Showcase Schools Newsletter. The first round of Showcase visits have concluded, and I want to thank you for your engagement and participation during these content-packed sessions. A total of 575 educators attended a Showcase visit this fall, and 98% of participants said their experience was either valuable or very valuable. We couldn't be more thrilled by the positive response!

Opening up your doors, like hosting an annual get-together, can be a lot of pressure. On top of hosting fall events at their schools, Showcase School teams are also actively planning for their next visit by reflecting on visitor feedback and looking for ways they can refine the day. We thank our schools for bravely taking on this endeavor and for making great efforts to ensure that their guests are cared for.

Schools are also using visitor feedback and interest to build Showcase Extension activities, which will begin next month. The Showcase Extension program is an opportunity for visitors to dive deeper into each school's learning focus area. If you have attended a Showcase visit this fall, you are automatically eligible to sign up for that school's Extension activity.
If you or your colleagues are interested in attending an Extension for any visit, be sure to attend their upcoming winter Showcase in order to participate.

In addition to designing the Extension activities, Showcase Fellows work together to develop resources for visitors. If you have attended a Showcase visit this season, make sure to check out the email sent to you about accessing your Showcase folder resources on the Showcase Schools online platform, WeTeachNYC.

If you or a school you know is interested in becoming a Showcase School, our application for the 2016-2017 school year will launch in February 2016. Email us if you are interested in applying or would like to recommend a school.

In the midst of this busy season, I hope each of you has the opportunity to put aside your work and do what you enjoy most during the holidays. Stay warm, travel safe, and Happy Holidays to all.

Collaboratively yours,
Chau Ngo-Rayman
in this issue
 sign up for winter showcase visits

 fall 2015 feedback

 spotlight on: M.S. 442 Fellows

 featured video: Reading Culture
 apply to be a showcase school 

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 holiday cheer from the showcase team 
sign up for winter showcase visits 
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fall 2015 feedback 
Participants at every Showcase visit are asked to provide feedback which we and our schools use to improve our work and practices. This fall, 98% of participants have found the visits valuable or very valuable. Below, our visitors shared with us some insights on their experience participating in Showcase Schools visits.
spotlight on: Showcase Fellows at M.S. 442
Carroll Garden School for Innovation 
Carroll Gardens School for Innovation, M.S. 442, is a fully integrated middle school located in Brooklyn. At M.S. 442, teachers identify individual strengths and work to empower students as critical thinkers, engaging in real world problem solving while facilitating a rigorous, individualized education.

As part of the Showcase Fellows program, Lisa, Liz, and Grace lead the planning for their school's Showcase visits and Extension activities. They work together to create and refine artifacts that are shared with visitors, and they participate in a series of professional development sessions that support them in this work.

From left to right: Lisa Genduso is a peer instructional coach/math department head who teaches problem solving to 6th grade. Liz Reale is a lead technology teacher and IEP school coordinator. She also teaches technology to grades 6 through 8, with a special focus on web design to 8th grade. Grace O'Shea teaches 8th grade science and Regents earth science.

Where have you been finding inspiration for refining your Showcase visits this year?
"I enjoy having the opportunity to share our practices with teachers who have an interest employing strategies where we’ve had past success. Entering this year I realized the importance of providing meaningful artifacts for participants. Artifacts are most meaningful when participants can use them to aid in the implementation of similar processes at their own school."  -- Lisa

What have you learned this year about yourself as a leader?
"I'm learning how to delegate responsibilities and turn-key important information to my committees to make sure all members are aware of important information. I'm also learning how to be more organized and that collaboration is key to making big ideas come to life." -- Liz

What is one new thing you’ve learned about each other this year?
"We've all learned that open communication is the key to strong collaboration. We are able to depend on each other's strengths. We've learned to embrace our differences as means to strengthen our end result." --  Grace

What do you look forward to most in the holiday season?
"I’m looking forward to having more time to dedicate to the basketball program where I volunteer." -- Lisa
"I look forward to spending time with family and friends this holiday season."  -- Liz 
"I’m looking forward to having more time to dedicate to my YouTube channel, graceKOS media. I have several back-burner projects to record and edit!" -- Grace
featured video: East Side Community High School 
A Culture of Reading
Watch as East Side Community Middle and High School foster an academic culture centered on books and reading in "A Culture of Reading." Don't forget to participate in the NYCDOE's initiative, NYC Reads 365, challenging New Yorkers to read every single day. Share your love for reading on social media using #nycreads365.
Check out NYCDOE Showcase Schools Program's Vimeo page for access to more videos, including "Developing Literacy," "Student Voice," "The Work of Play," and our "Showcase Schools Program." Enjoy, and thanks for watching!
apply to be a 2016-2017 Showcase School 
The 2016-2017 Showcase Schools application launches in February 2016. 
The Showcase Schools program is designed to promote collaborative learning by inviting teachers and administrators across the city to visit schools that highlight promising practices. Participating schools will have the opportunity to open their doors to demonstrate and discuss successful strategies in a specific area of learning, as well as the process behind their development.

Stay tuned for more details! If you have questions, let us know.

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 [RSVP] Join us for the upcoming Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning (OICL) Speaker Series! OICL’s 2015-16 Speaker Series aims to build the capacity of school communities to work towards equity in education by showcasing cutting-edge ideas of leading scholars and practitioners, and facilitating dialogue about school-based applications of these ideas. All sessions will address the essential question: What can we do in our roles as educators to promote equity and create conditions for all of our students to have impactful and transformative academic experiences in safe learning environments? For more information, contact Rebecca Jones or Anna Zucker Johnson
 [RSVP] Special Education Office: Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities! You are invited to participate in a variety of professional learning opportunities presented by Special Education Office; when you click here (DOE log-in required), under Professional Learning Opportunities, you’ll find resources such as the SEO Professional Learning Catalogue and professional learning registration website.

 [READ] Check out the latest edition of LPP PressThe Learning Partners Program (LPP) helps to strengthen the capacity of school communities by creating structures that facilitate collaboration within and across the diversity of schools in the NYCDOE. Building on the belief that “the answer is in the room,” LPP supports schools in fostering a safe and supportive space for adult learning and leadership development that lays a foundation to deepen thinking, promote strong practices, improve student outcomes, and develop lifelong learners. For more information, visit the LPP website.

 [READ] Check out the latest edition of the MSQI Newsletter! The Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) is our cousin program within the Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning that focuses on improving literacy and reading comprehension rates in New York City middle schools. They provide school-based literacy coaching, workshops for teachers and leaders, interschool site visits, and other resources. Showcase Schools involved in MSQI include the Highbridge Green School and I.S. 340 North Star Academy. For more information, visit the MSQI website.
 [VOLUNTEER] We need volunteer judges to make the MSQI debate tournaments happen! The second MSQI debate tournament of the year is coming up on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Brooklyn Technical High School. Chancellor Carmen Farina will attend as a guest speaker, and students will debate the resolution “Resolved: The death penalty should be banned in the United States” in Public Forum style. To learn more about our tournaments, you can watch this video about MSQI’s debate league
  • No experience necessary to judge. If you are interested and available on January 30, 2016 from 9:00am to 2:30pm, please email Scott Moore by January 11, 2016. Please share this with your networks.
 [APPLY] The Moth is launching an all-new program - The All City StorySLAM Team. Open to high school students across New York City, students will meet together for 6 weekly workshops outside school, learn the art and craft of Moth Storytelling and share their true, personal stories in a show for friends, family and fans. Please share the application with students you know who would enjoy this experience! You don’t need to be a poet or a performer— everyone has a story to tell. Click here for more information.
holiday cheer from the showcase schools team 
From left to right, top to bottom: Afua Adusei, Rebekah Romingquet, Chau Ngo-Rayman, Alia Sabbs, Christina Cordell, Gala Lok, Zach Millington, Ranjit Singh, Dennis Martinez, Milo Novelo, Erin Spergel, Cathleen Stone
Thank you for reading our second 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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