National Center for Learning and Citizenship at ECS
700 Broadway, Suite 810
Denver, CO 80203-3442
Associate Policy Analyst
Asst. Editor/Administrative Asst.
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The School for Global Leaders (SFGL), located in the Lower East Side section of Manhattan, New York serves approximately 167 6th- and 7th-grade students from culturally diverse backgrounds. SFGL opened its doors in September 2008, and is a central part of the community to many students and their families. Most students come from low-income families and more than 90% qualify for free lunch.
In 2009-2010, SFGL established a partnership with Global Kids, and also engages with existing partners such as Children for Children and the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at Columbia University, in a service-learning program. They also have developed partnerships with Mercy Corps, Department for Environmental Protection and UNICEF.
Service-learning professional development is coordinated by a Professional Development Team, which includes the principal, assistant principals, United Federation of Teachers chapter leader, various partnerships including CERC and Grade Leaders. These groups collaborate on designing effective planning for teachers, assessment tools, service-learning curricula and instructional materials, and assessing teachers' professional development needs.
With the help of the Learn and Serve grant, SFGL hopes and expects to further develop a school culture that reflects their school's mission: "Graduates of The School for Global Leaders will have the communication skills, leadership qualities and awareness of their responsibility to advocate for change in the world."
SFGL also will leverage Service in Schools and the service supports from CLSO-Math, (Concepts-Language-Symbols-Operations) to enrich the training provided by the Schools of Success Network. Overall, this school is developing high-quality service-learning and cultivating strong partnerships within the community.