NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña and UFT President Michael Mulgrew today announced the schools selected to participate in the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program for the 2014 – 15 school year. The PROSE program was established as part of the new contract between the UFT and the DOE to allow schools to implement innovative plans that fall outside of the Chancellor’s Regulations or UFT contract. All 62 schools voted to implement innovative plans as part of the PROSE program for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
Staff members of these schools created a range of plans, including staggering the school day to meet student needs, changing contractually required student-to-teacher ratios to allow for a combination of small group learning and larger lecture-style classes, and using portfolios of instructional strategies to help rate teachers. In close collaboration with their teachers, school leaders in PROSE schools will drive continuous innovation as they look to change some of the basic rules and regulations under which they have historically operated.
"Real change happens when educators are empowered to develop the best, tailored strategies to help their students succeed," said Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. "At dozens of schools across the city, these educators have come forward with new, innovative practices that can serve as a guide for all of our school communities and brighten the classroom experience for every child."
“I’m proud of the New York City public school system and all the schools that took part in the PROSE program,” said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew. “Innovations like this will move education forward not just in New York, but around the country. Teachers, principals, parents, and the entire school community working together will truly advance education.”
“We are opening up dozens of schools to innovation. We want to empower school communities to work together and come up with new ways to reach students,” said First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris. “The teachers’ contract we secured this spring wasn’t just about respecting our educators, it was about transforming education in this city.”
Chancellor Fariña, UFT President Mulgrew and First Deputy Mayor Shorris launched PROSE by inviting all public schools to submit a letter of intent indicating their interest in applying. Following the May 1 contract deal, 107 schools submitted proposals to be part of the program. All proposals were reviewed by a joint panel comprised of representatives from the DOE and UFT. Proposals were voted on by UFT staff in those schools, and proposals receiving 65% or more votes were approved. Ultimately, 62 were approved.
The Department’s academic support teams will continue to work with these schools closely in the coming weeks to ensure that the proposals can be implemented successfully in a short time frame. Ensuring high quality learning environments is always the priority, and the Department will support these schools to make sure that any changes benefit teachers and students, and comply with all relevant State regulations.
Among the approved plans:
Community Health Academy of the Heights
Community Health Academy of the Heights serves grades 6-12 and provides a wide range of social services for their students and families and voted to create a schedule to match the developmental and practical needs of individual students. The staff also voted to explore innovative food sourcing options for their students, including purchasing from local and sustainable vendors.
“Community Health Academy of the Heights is excited to be a part of the PROSE initiative as it creates space for us to think outside of the box, try something new, something innovative, and ideas we have read about from colleagues throughout the US or internationally. The PROSE model gives us a chance, in a thoughtful way, to experiment with alternatives. We are excited to see the result of our new initiatives,” said Principal of Community Health Academy of the Heights, Mark House.
School of Integrated Learning
This middle school serving high-need students in Brooklyn voted to provide more individualized attention, particularly for its at-risk students, by changing student-to-teacher ratios to create a balance of small group instruction with large lecture classes.
“We are excited about this opportunity to create a learning environment which is flexible and which considers the best for our students and teachers. We anticipate a powerfully productive PROSE experience,” said Principal of the School of Integrated Learning, Monique Campbell.
The Brooklyn International High School
At this school for recently arrived immigrant students who are first-time learners of English, the staff is aspiring to make adjustments to the teacher evaluation system by developing a teacher portfolio that includes peer visits, formal observations, and professional development experiences—in essence a performance-based assessment system for teachers that mirrors the school’s innovative performance-based assessments for students.
“We are happy to be a member of the PROSE program and believe that it will allow us to support our teachers in their efforts to innovate and hone their craft, thus providing additional opportunities and benefits to our students,” said Pamela Taranto, Principal of Brooklyn International High School.
Complete List of Schools Selected
Brooklyn Democracy Academy
Brooklyn International High School
Brooklyn New School
Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
East Brooklyn Community High School
Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
Gotham Professional Arts Academy
Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School
Lyons Community School
Mark Twain Intermediate
Olympus Academy High School
P.S. 188 - The Michael E. Berdy School
The International HS at Prospect Heights
The School of Integrated Learning
Bronx Arena High School
Bronx Collaborative High School
Bronx Community High School
Bronx High School for Law and Community Service
Bronx Lab School
Bronx Park Middle School
Bronx Writing Academy
Community School for Social Justice
Comprehensive Model School Project
East Bronx Academy for the Future
English Language Learners and International Support Preparatory Academy
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
KAPPA International High School
Pan American International High School at Monroe
The Bronx Compass High School
The Highbridge Green School
Academy for Software Engineering
Castle Bridge School
Central Park East II
City as School High School
Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH)
East Side Community School
Essex Street Academy
Frank McCourt High School
Humanities Preparatory Academy
Innovation Diploma Plus HS
Institute for Collaborative Education
Manhattan International High School
PS 353 The Neighborhood School
Satellite Academy High School
The Earth School
The Ella Baker School
The Facing History School
The James Baldwin School
Urban Academy Laboratory High School
Vanguard High School
West Side Collaborative Middle School
Academy for Careers in Television and Film
International High School
Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College
North Queens Community High School
PS71 Forest Elementary
The Flushing International High School
The International High School for Health Sciences
Voyages Preparatory South Queens