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Framework for Great Schools

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The Framework for Great Schools
is a fundamental change to the way the Department of Education will partner with our schools. 

The Framework for Great Schools will – 
  • Allow the district to develop a holistic, research-based approach to school support and accountability that recognizes and celebrates what schools do every day. Our approach will honor the fact that students are more than just a test score. 
  • Provide tailored support to schools and foster professional learning communities. 
  • Hold schools and the school system accountable for the shared goal of building capacity to drive student achievement. 
  • Replace the spirit of competition with one of collaboration and establish a common language for improvement. 
  • Bring together the strengths of schools and their communities to support students throughout the school day and beyond. 
  • Advance educational attainment by preparing every New York City public school graduate to compete in the 21st -century workplace. 

Instruction is customized, inclusive, motivating, and aligned to the Common Core. High standards are set in every classroom. Students are actively engaged in ambitious intellectual activity and developing critical thinking skills.
The school establishes a classroom and school culture where students feel safe, supported, and challenged by their teachers and peers.
Teachers are committed to the success and improvement of their classrooms and schools. They have the opportunity to participate in professional development within a culture of respect and continuous improvement.
Principals lead by example and nurture the professional growth of teachers and staff, developing and delivering the instructional and social-emotional support that drives student achievement.
School leadership brings resources from the community into the school building by welcoming, encouraging, and developing partnerships with families, businesses, and community-based organizations.
Everyone works toward the shared goal of improving student outcomes, preparing students for success in school and beyond. Across the school community, there is respect. School staff, parents, students and administrators value each other.