One Sentence Take-Away: Giving students the opportunity to reflect upon their progress with their teacher in a "coaching" setting on a regular basis will improve engagement and hence student learning.
|View out of the school window in East NY/Brownsville-Brooklyn|
They are working on the fourth floor of a very old school building that lacks some of the resources other schools take for granted. The school is located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. It is filled with housing projects and neighbors Brownsville, a neighborhood notorious for crime and high murder rates. The schools face a great deal of challenges. For example, a local high school, Thomas Jefferson High School was close in 2007 after having a 29% graduation rate and 2% of their students entering at grade level reading and math. Despite these historic challenges, the caring staff and friendly students welcomed me just the same.
|Student list of things they want to improve in their community.|
**This is a five minute video of principal Sarah Kaufmann from when she was working as an ELA teacher at the Manhattan School of the Future location.