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New collaborative learning program for city schools

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announces new initiative in education
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announces new initiative in education

A new learning program will help schools throughout all five boroughs of New York City work together. The Learning Partners Program will bring schools together, City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Monday (April 7), according to a report by education columnist Diane Lore in The Staten island Advance. For more on this story visit "The Learning Partners Program will bring schools together to share exemplary programs, lessons and instruction techniques that have been successful with children in their classrooms," added the report today.

"Our principals and teachers are the heart and soul of our department. By empowering our leaders to share great ideas, we will be boosting our students ability to thrive," Chancellor Farina said to the media, added SI Live.

"Just like the adage, 'it takes a village,' our achievement depends on these creative interactions and the ongoing support of our community," she said, added The SI Live report. "Through the Learning Partners Program we can ensure that the hard work and passion of our outstanding educators is recognized and can be replicated across the City."

Schools wishing to apply to be host schools in September 2014 must meet criteria:

  • Principals must have at least five years of leadership experience within one school or as a principal in a DOE school.
  • The schools cannot be "fully screened."
  • Principal and staff must be eager to share and reflect on their practices with colleagues, and can make this a priority during the academic year.
  • Administrators can apply either as hosts or partners until Friday, May 2, 2014.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and schools are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For questions about the program or the application process, email

Staten Island educators, if you or your school would like to find out more about this new program email