The Office of School and Community Partnerships was established in October 2007 to coordinate and increase the College’s engagement with New York City K-12 public schools. The Office builds on a long legacy that reflects the College’s founding mission to bring educational opportunities to all members of society. At the heart of this commitment is a belief in the moral imperative that Teachers College, like all higher education providers, should bring intellectual, human and financial resources to bear on improving educational outcomes for the children and families in their own communities. In establishing deep partnerships with schools, the OSCP seeks to direct resources and expertise into areas where they are most needed and where there are pronounced disparities in educational access and achievement between advantaged groups and disadvantaged groups. In doing so it shares accountability for students’ success in its surrounding community, while also strengthening knowledge, teaching and research at the College.