Chancellor David C. Banks And The Robin Hood Foundation Launch A New Cohort Of Next-Generation Community Schools

November 6, 2023

Chancellor David C. Banks today announced that 20 Community Schools have been selected to participate in the Next Generation Community Schools (NGCS) pilot program.

The K-8 pilot program is supported through the Robin Hood Foundation in the form of a $5.5 million grant over the course of three years.  The Next Generation Community Schools Pilot Program integrates a high-quality, rigorous academic experience into the community school model in twenty K-5 and K-8 schools across the city. 

“The Next Generation Community Schools pilot represents the inclusive supports that all children need,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “This is the kind of reimagining of the student experience that this administration has been talking about since day one.  We must continue to use our resources to develop the whole child while supporting families and communities.  We are grateful to Robin Hood for supporting these efforts.” 

“At Robin Hood, we believe that where you start out in life should not determine where you go in life. Attending a great school is central to making that belief a reality. We know that when children come to school, they bring all of their brilliance and beauty with them. But they also bring the challenges they face – from housing to hunger to health. A great school has a strategy to meet all of its students where they are so that teachers have the space to teach, and students have the space to learn. Community schools are a proven strategy to give all students the tools they need to succeed.” said Richard R. Buery Jr., Robin Hood CEO. “We applaud Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks for keeping New York City at the forefront of the community schools movement. The Next Generation pilot will supercharge student learning in 20 of the city’s most high-needs districts, unlocking opportunity for New York City school children.” 

The Next Generation Community Schools pilot program strengthens teaching and learning practices by incorporating academic programming and instructional leadership coaching led by Community-Based Organizations.  

Made possible by Robin Hood, New York City’s largest local poverty-fighting philanthropist. The following schools and lead community-based organization partners are part of the Next Generation Community Schools Pilot: 

  • P.S. 140 Nathan Straus/ Center for Educational Innovation 
  • P.S. 102 Jacques Cartier / Partnership with Children, Inc. 
  • P.S. 129 John H. Finley / Fordham University 
  • P.S. 153 Adam Clayton Powell / Boys & Girls Club of Harlem 
  • P.S. 058 / Center for Supportive Schools, Inc. 
  • P.S. 132 Garret A. Morgan / Center for Educational Innovation 
  • The New American Academy at Roberto Clemente State Park / Replications, Inc. 
  • P.S. 016 Wakefield / Creative Response to Conflict, Inc. 
  • P.S. 078 Anne Hutchinson / Child Development Center of the Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center 
  • P.S. 134 George F. Bristow / New York Edge Inc. 
  • P.S. 005 Dr. Ronald McNair / P2L Pathways to Leadership Inc. 
  • Brighter Choice Community School / New York Edge Inc. 
  • P.S. 161 The Crown / Triad Consulting Strategies Inc. 
  • P.S. 268 Emma Lazarus / City Year Inc. 
  • P.S. 273 Wortman / Center for Educational Innovation 
  • P.S. 329 Surfside / Triad Consulting Strategies Inc. 
  • P.S. 178 Saint Clair Mckelway / New York Edge Inc. 
  • P.S. 043 / Xposure Foundation Inc. 
  • P.S. 018 John G. Whittier / United Activities Unlimited Inc. 
  • P.S. 145 Andrew Jackson / New York Edge Inc. 

The selected schools partner with three organizations that provide the academic enhancements that are the program’s hallmark. Partners include: 

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  • The Relay Graduate School of Education supports participating schools in adopting evidence-based practices for providing high quality instruction to all students. 
  • Bank Street College of Education, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab, provides professional development to help build the capacity of schools’ CBOs to deliver academic programming during the school day and expanded learning time while utilizing the High 5s program. 
  • Change Impact trains CBOs and school leaders in collaborative leadership practices to ensure coordinated instruction. 

“It is an honor to participate in the transformative work that the Next Generation Community Schools program does,” said Chief of Schools for the Office of Community Supports and Wellness Flavia Puello Perdomo. “The academic and wellness wraparound supports that this programming provides for our youngest New Yorkers is paradigm shifting and I am grateful to Robin Hood and our partners for the collaborative efforts that make this all possible.” 

“This collaboration with Robin Hood showcases the strength and importance of public-private partnerships that The Fund for Public Schools is committed to supporting,” said Stephen Cockrell, Chief Executive Officer of The Fund for Public Schools.  “This is a perfect example of the way philanthropic funding can seed new ideas and scale those that work. This partnership builds upon the successes of the Community Schools model and ensures that our NYC Public School school communities have the resources they need to reimagine holistic support while enhancing each student’s academic journey.” 

“Community schools invest in whole child development, and the Next Generation Community Schools initiative builds on this foundation by integrating an equity-driven approach to accelerating academic growth,” said Jennifer Curry, CEO of Change Impact. “We are honored to support the collaborative leadership needed across schools, community partners, and families to drive student outcomes.” 

“City Year New York is excited to be the lead community-based organization to catalyze the Next Generation Community Schools pilot program at P.S. 268 Emma Lazarus. For the past two decades, City Year New York has helped schools bridge the gap between the research-based, personalized supports and relationships students need to thrive,” said Quamid Francis, Executive Director of City Year New York. “Our City Year New York Student Success Coaches have collaborated with our school partners to swiftly adopt and implement evidence-based programs, such as the High 5s model, supporting our youngest learners in math and other subjects. With a proven track record in fostering academic growth, City Year New York is well-positioned to elevate the educational experience at P.S. 268 to new heights.” 

“We are excited to support the Next Generation Community Schools’ commitment to strengthening learning inside and outside of the classroom with a focus on the whole child, families, and community,” said Tracy Fray-Oliver, Vice President, Bank Street Education Center. “In collaboration with University of Michigan, we are proud to work with these 20 schools and their CBO partners to provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate math learning experiences in the early grades across their schools.” 

“The Youth Policy Lab at the University of Michigan is thrilled to partner with Bank Street College of Education to support the Next Generation Community Schools’ initiative.  We are excited to support CBOs in implementing the High 5s early math program. A study of High 5s in New York City in 2015-16 showed that the program led to two and a half months of additional math learning for kindergarten students and we look forward to expanding the program to serve even more students in New York City,” said Robin Jacob, Faculty Co-Director, Youth Policy Lab, University of Michigan. 

“We are thrilled to partner with the Next Generation Community Schools to support this innovative and impactful program. With evidence-based practices and a keen focus on instructional leadership, we are proud to coach and support leaders and teachers in the important work for providing all students with highest quality teaching and learning,” said Dr. Mayme Hostetter, president, Relay Graduate School of Education. 

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