Why even have a school?

Just a quick post to remind you of a few things.

I’m also including a message from Alia about a great opportunity for you all to participate in:

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to invite all of you to an opportunity to see schools selected by the NYC Dept. of Education showcasing promising practices. The new initiative under the Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning is designed to promote collaboration and strong practices by showcasing 17 schools that exhibit strong practices.

We are showcasing schools in all five boroughs from November 5th through November 21st. Each Showcase is a half-day visit where you will meet the principal, hear about each schools’ strong practice, see classrooms in action and listen to a teacher and/or student panel. We are Showcasing a variety of schools and practices such as  Pre-K, social studies, dual language instruction, arts education, special education, teacher development and career and technical education. 

Attached( Fall_showcase_schools_visits)is the landing page which links to the registration page if you are interested in attending any of the Showcase events. We have a few slots open, however I encourage you to register as soon as possible.

This is a great opportunity to see some great schools and strong practices right here in New York City! Hope some of you can make it.


Alia Sabbs 

Finally, I’m including a short video of a progressive, “student-centered” school called the Burgess Hill School started in England in the 1960s. As the narrator states, “England has long been famous for its educational establishments, the freedom of choice of schools and for their political and social toleration. But here’s a boarding school where youth is not merely allowed but encouraged to have its fling.” You can find the longer video here.


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