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Network for School Improvement

Network for School Improvement (NSI) is designed to support middle schools across New York City focused on college and career readiness for Black and Latino students and students who are experiencing poverty. Our aim is to increase the percentage of students who will be on-track to graduate from high school and be academically prepared for college.

Our Change Ideas

Classroom literacy practices that emphasize student identities

Identity Questions

Ask questions that connect identity and content to help students make connections between themes, characters or concepts in the text and their own lives.

Shout Outs

Giving students a way to express gratitude towards one another can help build community, appreciation and kindness in your classroom.

Choice Boards

Choice boards add a new dimension to your classroom, offering an alternative to standard assessments and empowering students to choose how they show mastery of a topic.

Gamifying Vocab

Bring game night to the classroom with vocabulary-building games that will energize students and guide them in reviewing key terms.

WRAP Protocol

WRAP allows students to learn in collaboration with their peers, creating a community that works together to boost writing skills.

Department instructional systems and structures that meet individual needs

Small Group Instruction

Small Group Instruction

Small group instruction targets and focuses instruction, enriching student learning and closing learning gaps.

Small Group Discussion

Small Group Discussions

Small group discussions are a great way for everyone to practice essential speaking and listening skills that translate across all subject areas.

Read It Your Way

Read It Your Way is a series of three change ideas that work together to foster students’ love for and ownership of independent reading.

A 5-Year Pilot Program

Funded through a five-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NSI is a pilot program through 2025 that is focused on culturally responsive literacy practices in schools with a continuous improvement approach. Our aim is to identify and evaluate what works across different school contexts to ensure improved outcomes for Black and Latino students and students who are experiencing poverty.

The three programmatic components are: ELA teacher support, leadership, and attendance. ELA teacher support helps educators implement high-quality curriculum focused on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education practices. New ideas are tested, changed, and implemented based on prior research and learning on the ground to determine its effectiveness in improving student outcomes. The leadership component considers equity as it applies to 8th grade ELA performance. We help school leaders evaluate their plans for school improvement and instructional leadership to consistently measure progress. Lastly, the attendance team seeks to identify and address barriers to attendance. We strive to achieve a 96% daily attendance rate for every student that positively rewards classroom attendance.

If we
Focus on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining practices and amplify student voices
Systematic methods for improvement and networked collaboration
Educators will teach and lead in culturally responsive ways that validate and affirm students’ identities
So that
Students achieve equitable outcomes, leaving middle school on track for success in high school and beyond.

Our Schools

We are a network of 16 middle schools across four boroughs: Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. We partner with 150+ educators in order to serve approximately 4,000 students.

The Network Team