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The PROSE Newsletter: March 2017 Issue
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Volume 3 | Issue 3 | March 2017

PROSE is Still Accepting New Schools!!!

The 2017 PROSE application is still open.  If you are in a school that is highly collaborative, has a strong distributed leadership model, and is innovative in its practices, you may be a great fit for PROSE.  PROSE encourages schools that have teacher-led innovations transpiring in their buildings to build upon those innovations by proposing bold, out-of-the box ideas that transcend union or Chancellor's regulations. 
Schools that missed the March 3rd deadline may access the PROSE application template and rubric here.  The template may be used to craft responses, but all final applications must be submitted online.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The final submission date is COB Friday, March 24th, 2017 via the online platform.  We look forward to adding more schools to the PROSE portfolio.

Brooklyn New School Engages Parents and Community with PROSE Newsletter!!!!

The Performance Based Assessment (PBA) work at the Brooklyn New School would not be possible without the support of parents and other members of their larger school community, including grandparents, visiting relatives and those who’ve joined the community through student teaching placements, locally and internationally!  Each of their students in grades three, four and five present their culminating projects at the end of rich units of study to panels of listening adults, including parent members.  Parents also help run their “green room,” a space for students to prepare for their panels and debrief the process afterwards.

The staff of Brooklyn New School have often struggled with the best way to communicate their PBA work to families.  However, their PROSE newsletter, written by the PROSE committee and reviewed by the School Leadership Team, has been an effective way to get parents engaged.  Last school year, they published quarterly newsletters, sharing updates from important points in the process of developing this assessment.  

The staff is careful to define key vocabulary like: rubric and panelist, and to write brief but informative summaries of the steps along the way.  Their newsletters are living documents, hosted in Google Docs, that include links to sign up for panel sessions, updates when sessions are full, and schedules for parents to track when their child’s class will participate.  The newsletter also announces the dates and times for their Parents as Learning Partners sessions, presentations and conversations about this work.  While some terms can be defined in a written newsletter, other concepts, such as how the whole assessment system really works, can only truly be understood through experience.

Across two years of PBAs, Brooklyn New School has had more than one hundred parents participate as panelists!  Their green room has been stocked with healthy snacks and run by supportive parent volunteers. And most importantly, the students have expressed how important they feel on their “PBA day.”

 Wednesday, April 26 - Exploring the Four-Day Work Week Schedule in Your School: The PROSE panel invites all PROSE and PROSE Pathways schools to come to a very exciting, informative and interactive scheduling session with Dr. Robert Canady on Wednesday, April 26th from 9 AM - 2 PM at the CSA Headquarters, 40 Rector Street, NYC 10006, Founders HallClick here to register.

Dr. Robert Canady has worked with school districts in 44 states and with schools in the Virgin Islands and Dependent Schools in Germany. His major presentations have focused primarily on grading practices, active teaching strategies, implementing programs for at‐risk students, and restructuring schools by using a variety of scheduling and instructional strategies. You don't want to miss this exciting presentation. Register now.
RESOURCE CENTER: 

PROSE School Database:

The PROSE team has created a database of all schools currently participating in PROSE.  The PROSE School Database schools to search by flexibility areas of interest.  Users can search by keyword, schools that have presented at forums, or by school name or flexibility area.  If your school is interested in learning more about PROSE flexibilities, or would like to connect with a fellow PROSE school, the database will provide all of the required information to make authentic connections.

 POLICY UPDATE


Answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions from PROSE schools have been posted on the PROSE Knowledge Base.

Snow Days Impact on Calendar Changes:

As a result of having to use our two reserved snow days, no schools will be approved for full non-attendance days. Unfortunately, schools that have already been approved for upcoming full non-attendance days will have to cancel those plans and hold regular instructional/attendance days on those intended dates (this excludes PBAT/Regents swaps). Any schools that may have already held full non-attendance days will be receiving additional notification from the PROSE panel on specific make-up plans, where applicable. 
2017-18 PROSE applications saw a higher proportion of elementary school applicants than we have amongst the 140 PROSE schools in 2016-17.
"By allowing parents, principals and school communities to develop flexible schedules and programs that reflect what the students need, PROSE schools are nothing less than educational laboratories where we are developing the schools of the future.”
~ Ernest Logan, President of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators
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