The PROSE Newsletter: December 2016 Issue
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Volume 3 | Issue 2 | December 2016

O Come All Ye Faithful! PROSE App Open!

The PROSE Panel is excited to announce that the 2017 PROSE application opened last month.  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. 

Participation in PROSE offers the following to schools: 
  • the ability to make changes to school structures outside of existing regulations, including use of time and the role of administration, teachers, and students in teaching and learning;
  • the ability to ensure that school innovations happen with the input and leadership of teachers and other school staff in collaboration with their administrators;
  • participation in a community of forward-thinking, collaborative and innovative schools, teachers, and school leaders;
  • the ability to institutionalize key innovative practices;
  • opportunities to share experiences in order to inform district policy.
Schools may apply to PROSE by requesting an application from the PROSE Panel.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, but the final submission date is COB March 3, 2017 via the online platform.

Reinventing Parent Engagement at Michael J. Petrides School!

Providing meaningful opportunities for parent involvement is a priority for Michael J. Petrides school.  In their unique Pre-K through 12 institution, they take the responsibility of providing a child’s entire pre-college education seriously, and recognize the importance of partnering with parents to ensure the success of their students. Through a PROSE approved pilot, they have been allowed to use their Parent Coordinator funding to:
  • Create a position of “Main Office Manager”: An experienced School Aide dedicated to meet and greet parents, take and forward messages regarding parent concerns to appropriate administrative and support staff.
  • Add additional days of F-status for School Psychologist to expand on successful parenting workshops.
  • Allocate per session funding for School Aides to provide supervised recreational activities for students so parents can attend after school and evening meetings.
The ability to creatively use this funding source allows them to increase the opportunities for relevant, significant parent involvement in their learning community, including expanding on these successful staples of their Parent Involvement Program:
  • Parents as Partners MeetingsRegularly scheduled workshops, providing opportunities for parents to engage with instructional staff to ensure an understanding of academic expectations and provide tips for parents to support the work at home.  
  • Workshop topics have included: Understanding Close Reading of Complex Text, Analyzing Annotations, Understanding PSAT Results and Navigating  The Parents as Partners series has also included occasions for parents to join in classroom activities, for example: Parents as Lab Partners (rat dissection) and Family Math Games
  • Parent Effectiveness Program (PEP): Bi-weekly meetings facilitated by the F-status School Psychologist focusing on topical parenting issues.  The program has been so successful, they have expanded it to include PEP TALK, a bi-weekly parent discussion group.
  • Sip and Share Events: Monthly affairs that allow parents to meet for coffee and have informal discussion with key members of the school staff.   Featured guests have included: The Guidance Counselor, Food Service Manager and Kitchen Staff who treated parents to a school lunch buffet, High School Assistant Principal and the Arts teachers. 
Experience has shown these to be the most powerful prospects for parent involvement in their learning community and Petrides is looking to enhance and expand these experiences.
 Wednesday, December 21- PROSE Meetup In Queens: The PROSE panel invites all PROSE and PROSE Pathways schools to come to the first PROSE meet-up of the new year on Wednesday, December 21st from 4 PM - 6 PM. Please bring all interested teachers. You can sign up for additional meet-ups throughout the year here.

 Wednesday, January 11- PROSE Application Information Session: The PROSE panel invites all schools interested in being a part of PROSE to attend the PROSE Information Session on Wednesday, January 11th from 4 PM - 6 PM at the UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th Floor, Room G. Please bring your school teams.

 Wednesday, January 18 - PROSE Meetup In Brooklyn: The PROSE panel invites all PROSE and PROSE Pathways schools to come to the first PROSE meet-up of the new year on Wednesday, January 18th from 4 PM - 6 PM. Please bring all interested teachers. You can sign up for additional meet-ups throughout the year here.

PROSE 2017 Application:

Click above to REQUEST the 2017 - 2018 PROSE application. An application template and scoring rubric can also be accessed on the PROSE Knowledge Base prior to your completion. You may also attend the PROSE Information Session on January 11th.  See details above! 

Join PROSE Now!!!

Please note that current PROSE schools do not have to reapply

Answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions from PROSE schools have been posted on the PROSE Knowledge Base.
Swapping Regents Days to Support PBAs:
For the 2016-17 school year PROSE schools can now swap Regents Administration Days with other normal instructional days that fall outside of the established Regents administration window of January 24-27 and June 13-23, for a total of 13 moveable days. On these days, the daily instructional time requirements are waived for PROSE schools solely for the administration and/or scoring of Performance Based Assessments (PBAs).

Please see the full guidance here and contact for a ballot now if you are interested in swapping days in time for the January Regents week. 
Of the 124 Cohort One and Two PROSE schools, 122 received School Quality Reports for the 2015-16 School Year. PROSE schools received higher ratings than non-PROSE schools and charter schools in five of the six areas of the Framework for Great Schools during this time period.
"PROSE is a national model in school innovation, and the "best-kept secret in American education.”
~ Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers
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