The Department of Education (DOE) is partnering with school leaders, staff, families and community partners across the city to transform 94 schools through the new School Renewal Program.
The School Renewal Program is a call to action. The DOE will work intensively with each school community over the next three years, setting clear goals and holding each school community—with support from Central—accountable for rapid improvement.
Key elements of the plan include:
- Transformation into a Community School with deepened support from and for families and community partners, partnering with Community Based Organizations to offer tailored whole-student supports, including mental health services that will help create a supportive environment and after-school programs.
- Implementation of extended learning time – an extra hour added to the school day to give all students additional instructional time.
- Resources and supports to ensure effective school leadership and rigorous instruction with collaborative teachers.
- A school needs assessment across all six elements of the Capacity Framework (rigorous instruction, collaborative teachers, supportive environment, effective school leadership, strong family-community ties, and trust) to identify key areas for additional resources.
- Increased oversight and accountability including strict goals and clear consequences for schools that do not meet them.