Report | Education, Systemic Change
Scaling the Community School Strategy in New York City:
A Systems Building Guide (2014)
By Kassa Belay, Nicole Mader and Laura Miller
A report detailing recommendations that can help sustain the city's new community schools initiative. NYC has long been home to some of the nation's most celebrated community schools but until recently there has been little support for this strategy at the city level.
Event | Education, Systemic Change
Financial Aid: Making Higher Education Easier to Achieve for NYC Students (2014)
Securing college financial aid can be intimidating for NYC students. Aid is crucial for low-income and first generation college students—but they need help, particularly navigating the government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), finding grants and loans and working with college aid offices. Experts say the system is needlessly complicated and should be reformed.
Judith Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Robert Gevertzman, Associate Director of Financial Aid Kingsborough Community College, CUNY; Sandy Jimenez, Guidance Trainer and College Access Counselor, Goddard Riverside's Options Institute; Julieta Schiffino, Associate Director of Financial Aid Services, SUNY; Adam Stevens, College Adviser for Scholarships and Financial Aid, Brooklyn Technical High School
Building Blocks for Better Schools:
How the Next Mayor Can Prepare New York's Students for College and Careers (2013)
By Clara Hemphill, Kim Nauer, Andrew White and Thomas Jacobs
We analyze the successes and failures of Mayor Bloomberg's education initiatives—and proposes six key areas on which the next administration should focus attention and resources. A top priority: Make sure young children can read.
Creating College Ready Communities:
Preparing NYC's Precarious New Generation of College Students (2013)
By Kim Nauer and Paul Tainsh with Andrew White, Tara Bahl, Sandra Salmans, Anna Schneider, Jared Carrano and Tom Jacobs
This report seeks to illuminate the latest college access efforts, and to shed new light on the complicated circumstances that allow some students to go to college and succeed—and so many others to fail.
Event | Education, Systemic Change
Beyond Test Scores: New Ways to Measure NYC's High Schools (2012)
What matters most in high school? Graduation rates and Regents test scores? College-oriented academics, supportive teachers - or extra-curricular activities? All of these things matter to students, but inside information is hard to find. There is also intense debate about what makes for a "good" high school and how this can be measured. We unveil Inside Stats, a new high school scorecard designed to provide a well-rounded picture of NYC's high schools using the data available now. But are there better ways to measure our schools?
Charissa Fernandez, chief operating officer, The After-School Corporation (TASC); Robert Hughes, president, New Visions for Public Schools; Martin Kurzweil, senior executive director for Research, Accountability and Data, NYC DOE; Miriam Nightengale, principal, Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering; Jacqueline Wayans, Bronx parent leader, Insideschools.org; Moderated by Clara Hemphill, Insideschools.org
Managing By The Numbers: Empowerment and Accountability in NYC's Schools (2010)
By Clara Hemphill and Kim Nauer with Helen Zelon, Thomas Jacobs, Alessandra Raimondi, Sharan McCloskey and Rajeev Yerneni
The report offers one of the first broad analyses of the Bloomberg administration's reorganization of school management, explaining how principal empowerment and school accountability are intertwined, and how this management structure is shaping children's lives. The report identifies important gains as well as troubling problems.
The New Marketplace: How Small-School Reforms and School Choice Have Reshaped NYC's High Schools (2009)
By Clara Hemphill and Kim Nauer with Helen Zelon and Thomas Jacobs
A report on the city's public high schools, revealing that Chancellor Joel Klein's high school reforms created valuable new opportunities but also caused collateral damage.