Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: February 8, 2013, 12:08 AM
The mission for Citizens of the World New York is to provide a socioeconomically, culturally and racially diverse community of students in Brooklyn. Our schools have an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world in which we live.
OUR SCHOOLS IN BROOKLYN
Citizens of the World, NY1, Williamsburg
Location: JHS126, 424 Leonard Street (G train)
Enrolling: 125 students, grades K-1
Citizens of the World NY2, Crown Heights (4, 5 train)
Location: PS 221, 791 Empire Boulevard
Enrolling: 125 students, grades K-1
Our curriculum. Our curriculum is grounded in rich educational theories of constructivism and realized through evidenced-based instructional practices, which serve as the means for each and every child to meet and exceed those standards. Our school will embrace a rigorous yet highly student-centered, constructivist, project-based approach to teaching and learning in which the core instructional practices of project-based learning and balanced literacy are enhanced by teachers' rich repertoire of instructional strategies.
Data-driven instruction. We will monitor student progress via ongoing assessment that includes teacher observations of students at work, formative and summative assessments, and project-based work, in addition to state standardized assessments. Teachers, supported by school leaders, will analyze standardized and classroom-based assessment data. Through this analysis, they will identify trends of mastery and difficulty for individuals, groups of students, and the class as a whole. They will identify skills, concepts, and strategies in need of further instruction. Based on the trends, they will determine whether whole class re-teaching, small group intervention, or individual tutoring is the appropriate response.
Low Student-to-Teacher Ratio: In order to meet each child's needs and to allow for a variety of small group instructional methods, our staffing structure provides a low student to teacher ratio. In grades K-1, there will be a teacher and a full-time teaching assistant. This staffing structure will allow for a variety of small group instructional methods by offering small group instructional support by the teacher while an assistant teacher monitors independent work, partner games, and activities throughout the classroom. It will be central to providing a learning environment that meets the needs of each child.
ENGAGED PARENT ADVOCATES
Our parents are essential partners in education, and we believe it's our responsibility to partner with all families within our schools.
Parental involvement is critical to student academic success, including higher grades and test scores, higher personal aspirations, and higher college enrollment. Investing our families in public education, and in each other, is also critical to long-term educational reform and the health of our communities.
We offer many ways for parents to get involved in our schools before they even open; in many ways, parents are our co-creators. Working alongside our schools leaders, our parents in New York have already volunteered countless hours toward recruitment, community outreach and school development.
After the schools open, families are invited to regular school events, including education workshops and community-building activities. Teachers communicate frequently with parents about their child's progress, and parents are encouraged to be a regular presence at school locations, whether by attending performances, volunteering in the classroom, or participating in weekend beautification efforts. Learn more at http://www.citizensoftheworld.org/New-York-Region