Queens Elementary School Up for $25,000 Prize to Improve Teacher Leadership

Teachers, especially those in urban communities, face insurmountable challenges as expectations increase and the profession becomes increasingly isolated and under-supported. Many public school systems fail to nurture educators, and students are ultimately under-served.

PS 253Q Elementary School in Queens is changing this, and is a finalist in the running for the $25,000 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters.

Their “Looking at Teacher Practice” initiative delves deep into teacher collaborative practices to inform collective development and the enhancement of teacher practice.

In its new Lesson Study process, teachers collaborate with one another to help identify and target the strengths and needs of students.

The teacher comradery has had a direct impact on consistency for all students.

The annual prize will go toward the continuation and expansion of the winning school’s initiative. The five finalists will attend the awards luncheon on July 19, where NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina will deliver a keynote address, and the winner will be announced.

I think PS 253Q’s initiative is a great fit for Queens Chronicle, and I’m happy to arrange interviews with Teaching Matters’ Executive Director Lynette Guastaferro and/or Principal Phoebe Robinson.

Would also like to invite you to the award ceremony.

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