- New Visions for Public Schools
- 320 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014
- Contact Person:
- Catrin Davies, Senior Development Officer
- (212) 645-5110
- Term of Grant:
- July 2013 – June 2015
- Grantee Initiative:
- Common Core Digital Sharing Initiative
Targeted Focus Area
- New York City
- Subject Area:
- Education Levels:
Primary Grant Focus
New Visions for Public Schools aims to advance Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned instruction in New York City (NYC) public schools by 1) engaging effective high school science and social studies lead teachers in professional development that deepens their knowledge of content-specific literacy instruction and promotes sharing of effective literacy-based practices with colleagues; and 2) launching new curriculum pilots in biology and global history comprised of curated, high-quality resources mapped along a common scope and sequence.
Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success
New Visions for Public Schools’ key strategy to advance implementation of CCSS-aligned instruction among content-area teachers is to work directly with them, improving their skills in content-specific literacy instruction.
- In year one, New Visions selected 28 high school science and social studies teachers with demonstrated leadership potential to participate in monthly professional learning communities (PLCs), deepen their CCSS instructional skills, and share their developed resources with one another, both virtually and in person. Through this project, teachers from 23 NYC public schools are rooted in a larger, cross-school network of peers that reinforces Common Core-aligned practices and provides a safety net for teacher growth. To facilitate these conversations and foster a shared understanding of progress towards the implementing the standards, teachers follow a common scope and sequence.
- This year, teachers in 12 high schools are piloting newly developed curriculum in biology (or living environment) and global history. Teachers in the pilot participate in cross-school professional development, on-site coaching, and Google+ virtual communities. In addition to professional development focused on content, teachers receive training on online tools for course management, curriculum development, and peer collaboration that allows for extended opportunities to share and problem solve.
- To further support the teachers implementing the pilot courses, New Visions instructional coaches have curated existing resources and mapped them along a common scope and sequence of course content. This model of “curated choice” is intended to save teachers the time of searching for CCSS-aligned materials on their own; ensure that content and activities are rigorous and address learning objectives; and offer enough flexibility to encourage teacher buy-in, ownership, and feedback. The intention is to build teacher capacity to make informed choices toward improving classroom practice and student performance outcomes.