Showcase Schools 2016-17

Showcase Schools open their doors to educators from across the city to share their promising practices within a specific Learning Focus Area. In order to support their visitors' learning, Showcase Schools develop and share artifacts that explain, demonstrate, or are used in their promising practices. These artifacts serve a number of purposes and are used in various ways, but they are all intended to support interested educators in developing promising practices in their own work. This overarching collection includes one collection for every Showcase School in the 2016-17 cohort, organized alphabetically by the host school's Learning Focus Area.

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Included Resources

This collection of resources from PS 126 lays out how educators can use self-portraiture to integrate art into units of study in order to build community and maximize transference of skills and/or content (such as reading, writing, or social studies).

This collection of resources contains materials shared by P.S. 69 (Vincent D. Grippo School) at their Showcase School visit. These resources can help educators understand how practices at this school support the integratation of arts & literacy, and plan for integration of arts & literacy in their own contexts.

This is a collection of resources created by MELS (28Q167) that focuses on the use of collaborative structures (among both adults and students) to create a school culture that lives its values. 

This collection contains resources shared at Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies' 2016-2017 Showcase visits.  They are intended to help educators learn about and implement academic and socio-emotionally supportive practices, such as a Peer Group Connection program and Projects Based Learning.

This collection contains resources shared at P.S./M.S. 188's 2016-2017 Showcase visits.  They are intended to help educators learn about and implement their practices.

This collection of resources, from PS 65 The Raymond York Elementary School in Queens, lays out how the school develops partnerships with various community organizations in order to provide a range of services and supports for their students and families. The resources include a map of the school's 5-step process for developing and sustaining partn...

This collection of resources, developed by the staff at PS 196 and several of their partners, lays out the many practices used at the school to promote a positive culture of wellness for students, staff, and the broader school community. These resources provide interested educators with samples and tools they can use in their own work, as well as i...

This collection contains resources shared at P.S. 216's Showcase Visits (Cultivation and the Classroom) in the 2016-2017 school year.  Includes resources are intended to help educators utilize cooking and gardening to provide hands-on classroom learning.

These resources, from Yorkville Community School, lay out the process and product of desinging cross-curricular thematic units of study in elementary grades. This collection contains guides to the planning process, samples curricula and planning tools, and templates for educators to use in designing their own cross-curricular units.

This collection offers resources relating to the Reggio Emilia-inspired practice at Journey Prep School, P.S. 69X. The collection includes a high-level overview of the Reggio Emilia approach, annotated case examples of Reggio-inspired studies conducted in grades K-5, and a list of professional books the staff at Journey Prep have used to guide thei...

This collection contains examples of strategies and resources used at PS 170 (The Esteban Vicente School) to support language acquisition in the early childhood grades (K-2). They have found these strategies particularly useful with students who are learning English as a new language, or who have a need to strengthen Tier II vocabulary.

This collection from PS 253 lays out the many tools, strategies, and resources they utilize in support of metacognitive practices to promote student literacy. This collection contains a document that summarizes the four specific strategies the school highlights, as well as a packet of resources dedicated to each strategy -- Socratic seminar, studen...

This collection of resources, created by P.S. 12, contains materials supporting the entire cycle of using formative assessment to design and administer literacy centers (including kinds of formative assessment and different types of literacy centers). Educators can use this to get ideas for formative assessments and literacy centers they can use in...

This collection begins with a document containing observations of student mathematical behaviors noted by the school team at PS 165 - Robert E. Simon School - over several years. The collection includes many resources that support educators in understanding the practice of number talks, one of the main tools the school used to influence and improve...

This collection of resources, developed by STAR Academy (01M063) represents the professional touchstone texts and frames that guide their work in helping students and teachers think like mathematicians. The collection also includes student work samples and a worksheet for analyzing that work from an asset-based perspective. Educators can use this c...

These documents, created by East Elmhurst Community School, describe the practices within their school that foster student voice and family advocacy.

The resources in this collection from New Dorp High School detail how the school uses the Hochman Writing program to support and improve their students’ writing skills across content areas. The collection includes a range of resources that New Dorp employs in its use of the Hochman program. It also includes resources for a professional learning act...

This collection contains resources that support inclusive practices at P.S. 32, including a case conferencing protocol, self regulation tools for students, and ASD program information for families.

This collection, developed by I.S. 75 Frank D. Paulo, provides resources for providing interdisciplinary arts offerings to students.  The collection includes descriptions of I.S. 75's visual and performing arts offerings, sample lesson plans, an overview of its interdisciplinary instructional approach, as well as scheduling samples and resources.

This is a collection of resources from PS 62 that illustrates what a robust Computer Science program, in which every student has instruction in CS, looks like. It includes resources educators can use to plan and refine a program such as: administrative moves, sample CS teacher schedules, assessments, K-5 scope and sequence, and lists of free resour...

This collection of resources from Richard R Green High School of Teaching lays out the many structures and practices the school uses to affirm the identities of all its students. These resources can be used to introduce and develop familiarity with common LGBTQ vocabulary and student experiences. This collection also contains a summary one-pager of...

The resources in this collection come from Concourse Village Elementary School and demonstrate the strategies and tools the school uses to get students to make their thinking visible. These tools and strategies promote student metacognition and drive improvement in student outcomes. This collection includes a packet of resources that detail the too...

This collection of resources, from Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, detail the school's practices in supporting and improving middle school literacy in preparation for high school. The resources outline the foundation and basics of Thurgood Marshall's practices and provide guidance to interested educators on how to begin to...

This collection contains a set of resources PS 154 used to improve their school such as: foundational values, key classroom practices (such as creating small groups to improve student writing, using data to drive instruction, and using all adults in the classroom), and key routines (such as morning meetings) that create responsive classrooms. Educa...

This collection contains resources from Brooklyn Landmark Elementary school, laying out the foundations of their school transformation, and offering exemplars and blank templates that educators can use to plan out their core values, establish a practice of Community Circles, start or refine teacher data teams, create opporunities for student choice...

This collection provides an overview and some implementation details regarding strategies Muscota New School's team employs to develop and maintain a nurturing and productive social-emotional culture. Educators can use this collection to study various components and their purposes and to consider ways of bringing these components together as part o...

This collection of resources from PS 354 in Queens gives interested educators tools and strategies for developing STEM practices in their own work. This collection includes pre-filled samples that lay out how PS 354 plans their STEM units, blank templates to support educators in planning their own units, and two activities designed to promote STEM ...

This collection contains resources shared at School of the Future's Showcase Visits (Student Empowerment Structures) in the 2016-2017 school year.  Includes resources provide metacognitive and empowerment strategies at the classroom and school leadership levels.

This collection of resources lays out some of the strategies, tools, and resources used at P.S. 71 Rose E. Scala to promote student engagement. Educators can use these resources to become familiar with student engagement and discourse strategies and begin to consider implementing the strategies in their own work.

This collection contains a variety of materials related to the student portfolio process at West Side Collaborative Middle School (WSC). Documents include teacher reflections on the practice, a system diagram illustrating the various components and their relationships to one another, planning support for designing a portfolio system, a sample portf...

This collection of resources from PS 95 details how the school has implemented teacher development through inquiry teams. The resources included in this collection introduces the practices that PS 95 uses, explains the impact it has on students and teachers, guides interested educators in the creation of their own teacher inquiry teams, explains th...

This collection brings together background resources as well as a toolkit that school teams can use as a starting point for developing a peer intervisitation system. This collection is based on an intervisitation practice that has developed over several years at PS 150Q

This collection of resources brings together the materials shared by the Carroll Gardens School for Innovation at their Showcase School visit. These resources can help educators think about, develop, and utilize Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) strategies. Several of the resources provide information about how to make use of various technologies to sup...

This collection of documents lays out the connection between project-based learning and STEAM. It contains a research article, overviews of pedagogy, and a number of models and templates educators can use as planning tools educators can use as they design transdisciplinary STEAM projects and units.

This collection of resources from Central Park East II provides background research, classroom strategies, planning tools, and guidance on common challenges to implementation of student worktime. These resources can support educators in developing or expanding worktime for students.

This PowerPoint presentation lays out the process and resources used by East Side Community High School to plan for and carry out their Week Without Walls. The presentation contains images of and links to many of the documents and tools that East Side uses, so interested educators can employ those same tools and strategies in building their own authentic learning experiences similar to Week Without Walls. The presentation also contains activities used to prompt educators looking to develop authentic learning experiences to begin exploring what they would like to do and plan out how they might build out the structures necessary to support such experiences. This involves steps and strategies to begin small and build up based on the needs and capacity of the school or community in which the educator works.