Showcase Schools program videos

This collection of videos offers a view into promising practices in action at Showcase Schools across New York City.  By looking at classrooms in action and hearing directly from educators about their pedagogy, viewers will have access to a greater range of insights and ideas about teaching.  Viewers will learn about specific practices as well as the conditions that contribute to the growth and sustainability of such promising practices. 

The Showcase Schools program works to develop facilitated visits to NYC schools that demonstrate promising practices.  The program also works with teacher leaders from these schools to create curated sets of artifacts and post-visit extension activities for visitors, all in an effort to foster community, collaboration, and learning among New York City educators.

Included Resources

This video features East Side Community Middle and High School in Manhattan - whose innovative practices have fostered an academic culture centered on books and reading. The film includes the role of independent reading; the importance of in-class reading conferences; the creation of the library as the “heart” of the school; and East Side’s trademark Principal's Book Club.

This video features the Academy of Arts & Letters in Brooklyn - a school that helps students become independent, critical thinkers by creating a strong, caring community and by employing teaching structures that emphasize student voice and ownership over their work.

This video features Central Park East II Elementary School in Manhattan - whose distinctive practices foster a culture of exploration, ownership, and creativity in the classroom. Each day students participate in Work Time, a period when they can independently select a place in the classroom to experiment with materials and explore ideas, all while developing oral language and interpersonal skills.

This video features PS 170, an early elementary school in the Bronx - a school that sets high academic standards for its students, many of whom are English Language Learners. Watch as teachers collaborate to design powerful practices that support students' academic growth and build their confidence as independent thinkers.