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Goldman Sachs Foundation Institutes for School Redesign, Teaching, & Leadership

In June 2000, the Goldman Sachs Foundation awarded a two-year grant to Teachers College, Columbia University to support a project designed to improve the quality of teaching in New York City schools and to strengthen a small cohort of newly redesigned high schools. The project was coordinated by National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) and the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future (NCTAF). NCREST and NCTAF used two strategies to ensure that New York City students have access to high-quality education:

1. Facilitated and documented collaboration with the Goldman Sachs Institutes for School Redesign, Teaching and Leadership-- a professional development initiative that involved 20 small New York City high schools--and the New York City Board of Education. Using an apprenticeship model, the Institutes supported the development of quality teaching in small high schools in New York City. Three mature, high performing, innovative small high schools--International High School, Middle College High School, and Urban Academy Laboratory High School--partner with 17 newer small high schools to strengthen their organizational, instructional, and leadership practices for the purpose of achieving higher standards for student and school performance. The three Institutes developed and disseminated effective organizational, pedagogical, and leadership practices across schools. Activities included on-site professional development, curriculum workshops, study groups, inter-school visits, assessment development, inquiry pedagogy, new leadership development meetings, principals' networks, and critical friend’s reviews for whole school improvement and accountability. The Office of the Deputy Chancellor has supported the Institutes with a grant of $100,000. Goldman Sachs Foundation funding enabled NCREST to produce a videotape on the Institutes professional development.

2. Convened and advised a policy group, consisting of representatives of diverse New York City education stakeholder organizations, including the New York City Department of Education, institutions of higher education, the United Federation of Teachers, the business and foundation communities, and other key organizations, to improve teacher quality in the New York City schools.

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