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Fariña: Dozens of NYC schools to buddy up in Learning Partners Program

22 Brooklyn schools join initiative

August 26, 2014 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Dozens of New York City public schools are joining a program that partners schools that have demonstrated strength in a particular area with schools seeking to build their strength in that area.

On Monday, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said that 73 schools have been selected to join the selective Learning Partners Program.

Fariña has long advocated for collaboration in education. As head of Brooklyn’s then-Region 8 in 2003, her successful transformation of P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights included pairing P.S. 8 with powerhouse P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill as its “sister school.”

In Learning Partners, schools are grouped in bunches of three, called “triads.”

“When principals and teachers are encouraged to share strong practices and effective strategies, it’s the students who benefit,” Fariña said in a statement Monday.

“Our educators have such a depth and breadth of knowledge and through collaborative practices, we can ensure a supportive, high-quality educational experience for all of our students,” she added. “As a former teacher, this initiative is a dream come true, and this first full year of the Learning Partners Program will have a tremendous impact for schools.”

The city tested the initiative last spring at 21 schools. This year, 254 schools applied to be in the program. Schools went through a rigorous screening process before being chosen, according to the Department of Education (DOE).

The 73 schools selected include 22 in Brooklyn, 17 in the Bronx, 17 in Queens, 15 in Manhattan, and two on Staten Island.

“As a new principal in a new school, my staff and I have so much to learn by visiting established schools and talking to teachers and leaders that have already set up effective learning communities,” Sarah Goodman, principal of Hunter’s Point Community Middle School said in a statement. Hunter’s Point is one of the new schools in the program.

DOE said that focus areas include supporting teacher growth, providing academic interventions for struggling students, and creating a positive school culture.

DOE evaluations of the pilot found it to be extremely popular last year. One hundred percent of participants said the program met an important need at their school, and that they would recommend the program to other schools. Based on the collaborations, 97 percent planned to make changes at their school.

The program is partially funded through grants from the Wallace Foundation and the Kornfeld Foundation.


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P.S. 112 Jose Celso Barbosa, Host

Dos Puentes Elementary School

Castle Bridge School


P.S. 214, Host

P.S. 109 Sedgwick

P.S. 143 Louis Armstrong


P.S. 321 William Penn, Host

P.S. 009 Teunis G. Bergen

P.S. 159


P.S. 249 The Caton, Host

P.S. 049 Willis Avenue

P.S. 071 Forest


P.S. 503 The School of Discovery, Host

P.S. 184 Newport

P.S. 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz


P.S. 169 Bay Terrace, Host

Baychester Academy

Learners and Leaders


P.S. X176, Host

P.S. 030 Wilton

P.S. 168


School for Global Leaders, Host

The Urban Assembly School for the Urban Environment

M.S. 267 Math, Science & Technology


J.H.S. 052 Inwood, Host

Global Technology Preparatory

The Urban Assembly Institute for New Technologies


M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, Host


Entrada Academy

Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology


J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget, Host

School for International Studies

I.S. 5 – The Walter Crowley Intermediate School


P.S. 089 Cypress Hills, Host

M.S. 390

Citizens of the World Charter School 1


J.H.S. 67 Louis Pasteur, Host

P.S./I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington

J.H.S. 194 William Carr


J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan, Host

Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II

P.S./M.S 042 R. Vernam


Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, Host

Fort Greene Preparatory Academy

Hunters Point Community Middle School


Eagle Academy for Young Men III, Host

Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72

Pathways College Preparatory School: A College Board School


I.S. 034 Tottenville, Host

I.S. 075 Frank D. Paulo

P.S. M094


Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, Host

Astor Collegiate Academy

Pelham Preparatory Academy


Marble Hill High School for International Studies, Host

Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy

Bronx School of Law and Finance


Brooklyn International High School, Host

Manhattan International High School

International High School at Lafayette


The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, Host

Clara Barton High School

Edward R. Murrow High School


East Brooklyn Community High School, Host

High School M560 – City As School

Brooklyn Frontiers High School


Academy for Careers in Television and Film, Host

High School of Hospitality Management

Queens High School for Language Studies


Broome Street Academy Charter School, Host

The Facing History School

The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce

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