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October 16 2017

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June 22 2017

June 21, 2017 / Brooklyn news / Kensington

Free wheelin’: Street art challenges preconceptions with a revolution

Community News Group / Colin Mixson Wheel cool: Eighth-grader Jaden Rivera said the “HIdden Fortune Wheel,” which asks users to spin and imagine themselves in the shoes of the identity it lands on, outside Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is “really cool.”BY COLIN MIXSON

Brooklyn Paper

Call it a spin-off!

A diversity-promoting twist on “Wheel of Fortune” installed on signposts in Kensington and Windsor Terrace is challenging locals to imagine themselves in a different skin, and the results are mostly positive, said the artists who created it.

“People really enjoy it, and their response is powerful” said Ori Alon. “But I have no control. Sometimes I witness people having a very pathetic response to the wheel.”

The art installed on Church Ave. and Ft. Hamilton Parkway signposts this month consists of a spinning wheel divided into slices with labels that include “black,” “white,” “Muslim,” “LGBT,” and “immigrant,” and instructions to “imagine yourself in that person’s shoes.”

And, while it is not explicitly stated, Alon said participants should avoid acting like the type of person their wheel lands on.

“You imagine what it’s like to be in their shoes, you’re not supposed to act like them,” he said.

The artist developed the piece, called Hidden Fortune Wheel, with a State University of New York at New Paltz student for a thesis project the creative needed to get her Master of Fine Arts degree.

The original pieces were wood-and-steel, but the pair used old vinyl records to make the wheels in Brooklyn, a change that led some grabby passers-by to snatch them from their posts.

A wheel placed on Church Avenue between E. Third and E. Fourth streets in Kensington was gone as of June 16, but another on a post in front of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School on Ft. Hamilton Parkway between E. Second and E. Third streets is still hanging, and students cannot help but give it a whirl.

“I think it’s really cool,” said eighth-grader Jaden Rivera.

Other observers of the project remarked on its potential to open minds and unite the community.

“It’s awesome,” said Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Jehan Giles. “If people stop and actually reflect, we can make some progress.”

But not everyone is in love with the art, and some locals said that the neighborho­ods’ patchwork of ethnic and religious communities does more to promote empathy than the wheel ever could.

“This area is how many nations together? You can’t even imagine,” said local Thomes Mester, a Hungarian ex-pat. “So it’s pointless here.”

Fortunately, Alon’s co-creator’s professor did not agree with the immigrant’s assessment of the artwork.

“He was an easy grader,” said Ana Azzue Gallira. “I got an A.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

Updated 11:50 am, June 21, 2017

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June 19 2017

June 14, 2017

by CHARLES SAHM

Charles Sahm is the director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced a new diversity plan this week that includes many commonsense reforms, as well as an advisory group that will gather community input and examine additional proposals to lessen the racial and socioeconomic segregation still too prevalent in New York City schools.

One hopes that the advisory group will include input from the city’s charter schools sector. In some ways, it is leading the way on school integration.

One advantage charters have over traditional schools is that they can draw students from beyond restrictive neighborhood zones. Some charter leaders use this freedom to purposely create diverse student bodies. Several have joined a new grassroots organization, the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, which supports the creation and expansion of high-quality, racially and economically diverse public charter schools.

Founded in 2014, the coalition has grown to include more than 100 schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia. In the city, the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition includes nine charter organizations: Brooklyn Prospect, Brooklyn Urban Garden, Citizens of the World, Community Roots, Compass, Hebrew Public, International Charter, NY French American, and Success Academy (which has six schools in the coalition).

Sonia Park, executive director of the coalition, explains that “there’s a lot of research that shows the benefits of having diverse student populations, academically and socially.” But she notes: “Fifty years after the Supreme Court’s Brown decision, we still have a long way to go.”

At Brooklyn Prospect’s four schools, the student body is 6 percent Asian, 17 percent black, 32 percent Hispanic, and 36 percent white. Students boast math and English proficiency rates well above city averages. Dan Rubenstein, Brooklyn Prospect’s founder, notes that the city’s high-performing, diverse charters offer parents “a world-class education, as well as an integrated environment.”

Interestingly, super-high-performing Success Academy, the bête noire of charter opponents, has several schools that are among the most diverse in the city. For example, the student population of Success Academy in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, is 6 percent Asian, 34 percent black, 31 percent Hispanic, and 26 percent white.

Opponents sometimes advance a lose-lose argument against charters: When they serve a mostly minority, low-income population, they are accused of “segregation,” but if they serve a socioeconomically diverse student population, they are accused of “creaming” more able students. But by creating excellent schools that any parent would be pleased to send their child to and taking concrete steps to promote integration, the city’s intentionally diverse charters offer a model for traditional schools.

New York state law complicates the ability of charters to create diverse student populations by mandating that they offer preference to students residing in the community school district where the school is located. A “comparability clause” also mandates that charters serve a population in line with community school district averages. If a district is segregated, these policies perversely encourage charters to replicate that segregation.

Nevertheless, charters are finding ways to lead. Although no school can use race as a factor in admissions, many charters can and do offer a weighted lottery that offers preference to economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, and students with learning disabilities.

These innovations offer a template for districtwide “controlled choice” efforts — an approach championed by city council members Brad Lander and Ritchie Torres that would ensure an even distribution of high- and low-income, special needs, and English language learner students. If the city wanted to go bolder, however, it could consider a “common enrollment” system similar to those put into place in Denver, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Newark, and other cities.

Under common enrollment, parents list their top choices, including district and charter schools, and a computer algorithm matches selections with available seats. In Denver, for example, students retain a default, zoned assignment, but the school choice application offers parents a single application, timeline, and process for applying to any school in the city. (Participation for charters is voluntary, but most enlist.)

Such a system for elementary and middle schools would be similar to New York City’s existing high school enrollment process, but without the admissions-screening methods and with a strong community preference (parents generally don’t want to send elementary school students too far from home). The high school system hasn’t led to great improvements in diversity, but it wasn’t designed to. A well-crafted elementary and middle school common enrollment system could deliver greater equity and diversity in city schools. (If it were to include charters, it would require a rewrite of the state’s charter law.)

The de Blasio administration deserves credit for the sensible steps it is taking to foster diversity in schools. As the conversation moves forward, New Yorkers should not be afraid to consider even bolder reforms — and should be sure to include charters in the conversation.

Source: The 74

April 13 2017

Elizabeth Johnson, Youth Development Department Head at Windsor Terrace Middle, was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 REVERE Award in recognition of her work on "Real As Me: A Curriculum Guide for Empowering Young Women". The award, hosted by the Association of American Publishers, is given annually in recognition of the nation's highest-quality educational products that support teaching and learning. 

The "Real As Me" curriculum features interactive conversations framed around on true stories by teens and is already underway with great success in a pilot program at Windsor Terrace Middle School. We look forward to adapting it further in our halls and classrooms, and are deeply proud of Elizabeth Johnson and her co-authors for this fantastic curriculum and its positive influence on literacy and socio-emotional learning.

April 12 2017

An International Baccalaureate World School

April 2017 Newsletter


Clinton Hill Middle 6th graders get a taste of high school IB biology at the "Bio-Rad" Science Enrichment Camp.
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In this issue:

  1. New Gowanus Campus
  2. Taft Champion of Change Award from the Mayor's Office of Disabilities
  3. Teacher Spotlight
  4. NYU Teaching Residency
  5. Join Our Team
  6. Support Us

New Campus For Windsor Terrace Middle

Brooklyn Prospect will break ground for a new facility, Brooklyn Prospect Gowanus Middle School, later this year. When construction is completed, Windsor Terrace Middle School will move from its current co-location with our high school, to this new space expressly designed for our middle school program. The move is anticipated for the fall of 2019.

This announcement comes after months of location searching and our recent signing of the long-term lease at 160 17th Street, in the heart of Gowanus. Undertaken as part of Brooklyn Prospect’s multi-year growth plan, the 7- story, 30,000 square-foot project will include a large Commons, outdoor area, gymnasium, auditorium, and a library. In addition to traditional classrooms, the building will also feature music and art studios, science labs, and specialized reading rooms. 

Please link here to read our press release.
 

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A Rendering of our future campus at 160 17th Street.

 

Champions of Change 

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is honored to be named one of four recipients of the 2017 Taft Champion of Change Award from the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Since 2013, Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with JobPath NYC to place an increasing number of workers into a variety of roles, from classrooms to food service, across our school campuses. 

We are proud to be honored for our commitment to building a more inclusive world by advancing employment opportunities for differently abled New Yorkers, and are pleased to serve as a source for meaningful work for our diverse community. This award is given to Brooklyn Prospect in celebration of Developmental Disability Awareness Month by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

 

Teacher Spotlight on Wendell Cheung
 

"Typically, by the time a student reaches my class in the 9th grade, they've come to school with the perception that they're either good or bad at math", says Wendell Cheung, a math teacher. "I begin the year by reminding my students that they don't have to be the best math student in order to be successful in a math course. I use this philosophy to drive my class because I believe in bringing authenticity and genuine content to the classroom."

Wendell Cheung joined Brooklyn Prospect in 2012 and has served as the high school math and science department head for the past several years.

Q: What persuaded you to come to Brooklyn Prospect?
Wendell: I was drawn to the community of collaborative educators as well as diverse students. I studied international education so I'm a firm believer in teaching with a global perspective.

That Dan Rubenstein [Executive Director] was a White House Presidential Awardee in math education was just further proof that the school had had an environment where teachers would be valued. I love having conversations about math content with administrators who also come to the school with incredible teaching backgrounds and shared values.

Q: What makes Brooklyn Prospect special?
Wendell: Brooklyn Prospect finds a balance in allowing students to make mistakes, and helping them to find the tools they need to move forward. It aligns with my mantra of teaching: develop a strong rapport and trust first. This relationship is the number one factor that ultimately encourages students to be successful and motivated.

I also tell my faculty that it's ok to make mistakes. We need to try and experiment, in order to really learn, reflect and ultimately grow. We're here to support teachers throughout various stages of their careers, and to help them perfect their craft. We use class observations, and give constructive and positive feedback to ensure that we are always maximizing student learning. 

Q: What has been your most memorable moment at BPCS?

This year I am teaching high school seniors - the same students whom I taught 5 years ago when I started at Brooklyn Prospect. So to witness my students’ positive progress throughout the past 5 years, and to have my former students coming back to me to talk about college applications or acceptances, has been a very genuine “wow” moment for me.

Click here to teach at Brooklyn Prospect. 

 

NYU Teaching Residency Partnership

Work with us and earn your teaching degree at the same time! Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with New York University's Steinhardt School of Education to launch the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Link here to find out more. 

 

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April 5 2017

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is honored to be named one of four recipients of the 2017 Taft Champion of Change Award from the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Since 2013, Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with JobPath NYC to place an increasing number of workers into a variety of roles from classrooms to food service, across our school campuses. 

We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to building a more inclusive world by advancing employment opportunities for differently abled New Yorkers, and are pleased to be a source for meaningful work for our diverse community. This award is given to Brooklyn Prospect in celebration of Developmental Disability Awareness Month by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

March 22 2017

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, an intentionally diverse K-12 International Baccalaureate World School in Brooklyn, announced today that it will construct a new home for its first middle school at 160 17th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn - moving the existing middle school from its current co-location with the Brooklyn Prospect High School to a ground-up, fully dedicated facility designed expressly for its middle school program. The move is currently scheduled for the fall of 2019.

Undertaken as part of Brooklyn Prospect’s multi-year growth plan, the 7- story, 30,000 square-foot project is planned to include a large commons and outdoor space, a gymnasium, auditorium, and library. In addition to housing traditional classrooms, the building will also feature music and art studios, science labs, and specialized reading rooms.

Daniel Rubenstein, Brooklyn Prospect Executive Director shares that this beautiful new, purpose built space “will not only provide our district 15 middle school students with a building of their own, it will also allow our International Baccalaureate diploma granting high school to grow into the entire Windsor Terrace campus at 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, at the same time increasing the number of seats available to students on our growing high school waitlist.”

With the Gowanus campus project expected to break ground in 2017, this build will be one of two Brooklyn Prospect on-going constructions for facilities that will be dedicated to middle school use. The Brooklyn Prospect Clinton Hill Middle School, located at 1100 Fulton Street, is expected to be completed by fall of 2018. The Gowanus Middle School building is currently expected to be ready for students by fall of 2019.

The Gowanus campus will enhance Brooklyn Prospect’s current portfolio of four campuses across New York City.

Chartered by the State University of New York - Charter Schools Institute (SUNY CSI), BPCS is one of just a few non-selective public schools in NYC offering the highly respected International Baccalaureate diploma. We are also among a select number New York City public schools to offer a K-12, 13-year contiguous program.

To apply to Brooklyn Prospect Charter School’s lottery online, prospective families should complete our online application by April 1. To learn about our K-12 program, please visit  the admissions page of our website or attend an one of our information nights.

About Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is a K-12 college preparatory community where excellent teachers prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning.

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Rendering of our future Gowanus Campus building

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By fall of 2018, our schools will be located at these campuses

March 21 2017

Thank you!


Many thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to the success of the 2017 Brooklyn Prospect Spring Fling & Auction on Saturday, March 18th. This year's Spring Fling was a special evening filled with fun and excitement thanks to our spectacular silent auction items, a raucous live auction led by Meghan Toner, our emcees, the delectable food and cocktails including those by Bricolage, Ganso, Frankies and Palo Santo, our parent volunteers, and some impressive dancing made possible by DJ Parler’s expert spinning.

With your generosity, we exceeded our fundraising expectations for this event, providing over $65,000 of critical support for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and its innovative educational and extracurricular programs.

Special thanks go to our wonderful Spring Fling Co-Chairs Cynthia Swartz (P‘17) and Manly Romero (P'21) who, with tireless generosity, took the reins of this celebratory parent-led fundraising event. We also extend our deepest gratitude to the many, many parent and community volunteers who helped bring the Spring Fling, the silent auction, and live auction to life.

Have a question re: your winning auction items? Contact Linda Shum at donations@brooklynprospect.org

Thanks to Nathalie Schueller (P'18) for these wonderful photos from the night:













 

 

February 3 2017

The 2017 Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Spring Fling & Auction is
back and it's bigger and better than ever!

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!


The 2017 BPCS Spring Fling & Auction
Saturday, March 18, 2017
7pm-10:30pm
BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn
Food, Drinks, Auction & Dancing
Festive Dress, Adults Only

Find out more and purchase tickets at our Event Website
To inquire about auction donations email us.
Volunteer to help and qualify for a reduced price $25 Ticket
by visiting our SignUpGenius Website

January 24 2017

Brooklyn Prospect was proud to take part in #Pathtopossible's Albany Day of Action along with 1,100 charter school families across New York State. Over 5 different elected officials were present at the rally to support equal facilities funding. Lena G. '17, a Brooklyn Prospect high school senior, gave the official introduction to Senator Parker on stage.


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