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P.S. 3 Melser Charette School

490 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 691-1183 | Fax: (212) 675-5306

School Contacts: Regina Chiou, Assistant Principal
NYU Supervisors: Sylvia Seidman 
Free lunch: 11%

PS 3 was founded in 1971 by parents who wanted an alternative to what was then the very traditional education offered by PS 41, a Greenwich Village school nearby. Since its beginning, PS 3 has attracted an eclectic group of artists, bohemians, and counter-cultural parents from as far away as Brooklyn. It's welcoming to nontraditional families, particularly to gay and lesbian parents. PS 3 is also a haven for some very capable teachers who are put off by what they see as a cookie-cutter approach to education, who want to put their own imprint and personality into their classes. Classes at PS 3 mix different ages and abilities, and children generally stay with the same teacher for 2 years. Every classroom looks different, and the personalities of both the teacher and the children are apparent in how the rooms are decorated. Everyone is on a first-name basis. Parents bring children right to the classroom and often hang out to talk with teachers or other parents in the parents' lounge.

School hours go from 8:20 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., and incorporated in them is a required 37.5 minute period for either enrichment or tutoring as needed by the child.

Special education: Every grade level has a "collaborative team teaching" (CTT) class, in which a special education teacher and a general education teacher work together teaching a class that mixes general education students and special education students. About 72 students receive test modifications because of their special needs.

Travel Directions: 1 train to Christopher St - Sheridan Sq

P.S. 6 Lillie Devereux Blake School

45 East 81 Street, New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 737-9774 | Fax: (212) 772-6889

School Contacts: Daniel Kim
NYU Supervisors: Sondra Weiss 
Free lunch: 6%

One of the top schools in the city, PS 6 has a particularly well-developed writing program, based on the principles outlined by writing guru Lucy Calkins. Teachers College has designated PS 6 as a "mentor school" for its reading and writing project. Teachers and researchers from across the country visit the school on a regular basis to see how it teaches children to write. By the time they graduate, children have written memoirs, plays, songs, speeches, essays, poetry, and short stories… Perhaps more than other District 2 schools, PS 6 has blended the new math with the old, giving children a conceptual understanding of math while still allowing them to use the formulas or algorithms that characterize old-fashioned arithmetic lessons.

Special education: A number of collaborative team teaching (CTT) classes typically have 15 general education pupils and nine students with disabilities, and two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education…The school also has several self-contained special education classes, designed to serve only special needs kids. 

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 6 is a mentor school for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Program. The math curriculum follows the Terc investigations, augmented by Math in the City techniques. Cooperating teachers, many of whom are NYU graduates, are open, supportive, responsive, and provide abundant teaching opportunities, and feedback, for student teachers, who are also encouraged to participate in professional and staff development programs. Parent involvement is high. Quality resources( e.g. a tremendous pupil library) are actively evident in school life. Student teachers are welcomed, treated with warmth and respect, and also encouraged to try, test, share and bring to P. S. 6, what they are learning at NYU." – Judy Salwen

Travel Directions: 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th St.

P.S. 10k Magnet School For Math, Science and Design Technology

511 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 965-1190 | Fax: (718) 369-1736

School Contacts: Concetta Ritorto, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Roni Baronowitz
Free lunch: 72%

P.S. 10 is bright and cheerful, student work adorns walls, and the school's test scores are on the rise… "In this school, the only word I can use is 'Renaissance,'" said the school's parent coordinator, Madeline Seide. Samantha, a 5th grader who was acting as one of our student guides, agreed. "There's a lot more creativity on the walls now," she said. Mitra, our other 5th grade student guide said he particularly likes the technology program at the school. His class wrote poems about the Civil War, and then incorporated them into a slide show.

Special Education: The school has a particularly strong special education program, something students, teachers and administrators stress with pride. There are several self-contained special education classes, as well as a growing 'inclusion' program, in which students with special education needs share their classroom with general education students. 

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 10 is a multicultural school located in the southern Park Slope area of Brooklyn. The school staff welcomes the opportunity to work with student teachers from NYU, and makes every effort to ensure that the student teachers are fully integrated into the school community. The school collaborates with Studio in the Schools, Arts Connection, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall to provide innovative and creative art and music activities, and is open to bringing other new and innovative programs to the school. In addition to their general education classes, P.S. 10 has both Collaborative Team Teaching and self contained Special Education classes for students with learning disabilities. Because the school provides a barrier free environment, student teachers have the opportunity to work with some students who have a variety of physical handicaps, in both the general and special education classes." – Roni Baronowitz

Travel Directions: F to 15th St. Prospect Park or N, R to Prospect Ave.

P.S. 11 William Harris School

320 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 929-1743 | Fax: (212) 929-7816

School Contact: Karen Carmichael, Assistant Principal; Robert Bender, Principal
NYU Supervisors:
Free lunch: 68%

Arts-infused academics, a swimming pool, a gifted program, and classes that integrate children with special needs and general education students are only some of the features of P.S. 11. The school, including the eight K-5 TAG (Talented and Gifted) classes, also benefits from a student population that reflects the ethnic and economic diversity of the surrounding, rapidly-gentrifying Chelsea neighborhood. The school uses the "workshop" method developed at Columbia University's Teachers College to teach reading and writing, an approach that favors both group work and an emphasis on heavy drafting and revision of student writing. The P.S. 11 faculty receives regular, intensive training in literacy instruction, and a reading specialist works with 2nd and 3rd graders, while two other teachers help struggling 1st graders. For math, the school is exempt from the curriculum mandated for most city public schools and uses the TERC Investigations and Math Steps programs… We have found great success with these two combinations." P.S. 11 will incorporate TERC's new curriculum in 2007-08 school year that addresses the past criticisms.

Special Education: About 20 percent of PS 11's students receive special education services. Some are enrolled in "collaborative team teaching" (CTT) classes, in which two faculty members, one with special education certification, teach a class that mixes students with special needs and general education students. Others learn in "self contained" classes, which enroll only students with special needs, have a maximum of 12 students, and are overseen by at least one teacher and an aide. Students are also offered individual services in their own general education classrooms. 

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 11 is a one of the secret gems located in NYC. The young and gifted staff led by a dynamic administration is completely focused on education and wants to work closely with the students from NYU. Everyone expects you to become a member of the team and you are invited and encouraged to fully participate in all aspects of school life. P.S. 11 is an outstanding regular NYC elementary school that has the problems inherent in all of our schools and if you want to work in a diverse, exciting and well supervised urban educational facility, this is the place for you. Nearly everyone who spends any time as a student teacher there wants to work at the school and several of our NYU graduates working at the school are presently mentoring some of our new student teachers working there." – Henry Yurek

Travel Directions: 1, A, C, or E to 23rd St.

P.S. 32k Samuel Mills Sprole School

317 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: (718) 330-9295 | Fax: (718) 797-4362

NYU Supervisors: Ilana Lesser and Phyllis Weinfeld
Free lunch: 73%

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 32 is a small Pre-K -5 school located in the charming and quaint Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn. As the first school in New York City to start an inclusive program for students with Asperger's Disorder, there is a large emphasis on integrating students with special needs. In fact, the school consists of mainly Collaborative Team Teaching classes and Micro-Inclusion classes.

The school affords student teachers many great experiences. The teaching staff is young, very focused and energetic. They welcome student teachers into their classrooms and provide them with many opportunities to teach. Student teachers are welcome to join in staff development activities as well as grade planning meetings. Because there is a large population of students with special needs, student teachers will have the opportunity to meet with Occupational and Physical Therapists, as well as with Speech and Language providers and become familiar with each of these therapies.

P.S. 32 is involved in a partnership with Teacher's College and, therefore, places a great emphasis on literacy in the classroom. Student teachers are permitted to attend Literacy workshops in the school and are encouraged to apply their knowledge in the classroom. Student teachers will become familiar with all aspects of the literacy program used in the New York City public schools."  – Sherry Koslov

Travel Directions: F or G to Carroll St.

P.S. 34 Franklin Delano Roosevelt School

730 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 228-4433 | Fax: (212) 353-1973

School Contact: Joyce Stallings-Harte, Principal
Free lunch: 77%

Test scores at PS 34 are hardly stratospheric but they are getting higher, so much so that the school appeared on the 2002 New York State list of most improved schools. The strategy appears to be constant assessment. For starters, kids are tested yearly so teachers can determine who is struggling and should be referred to the school's extra help programs in reading and math. In the classroom, there is much assessment, too. Students maintain collections of their work in portfolios that are filled with teacher evaluations, self-critiques, and multiple revisions of writing. The portfolios are a kind of history of the students' progress and follow the children to the next grade and teacher. 

Supervisor Comment: "Student teaching at PS 34 provides a realistic experience of teaching in a NYC public school. The school has bright and wonderful children and committed teachers making it work in a school that faces many of the typical challenges in urban communities."  – Bree Picower

Travel Directions: L to 1st Ave.

P.S. 40 Augustus St. Gaudens School

319 East 19 Street, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 475-5500 | Fax: (212) 533-5388

School Contact: Stephanie Lukas, Assistant Principal; Susan Felder, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Donna Werner
Free lunch: 11%

Supervisor Comment: "Public School 40 is a true neighborhood school. The majority of the children live within walking distance. The classes are capped at 22 in grades K-3, and grades 4-5 typically have 25-28 students. This lowers the staff - student ratio.

NYU student teachers placed at the school have the opportunity to work with whole groups, small groups as well as one to one with specific children. The school also welcomes volunteers as well as students in the America Reads program. This does not impact upon the student teachers experience in the classroom.

Teachers collaboratively plan across the grade and student teachers are invited to attend these weekly meetings if it is their day at the school. This supports the student teachers in regard to pacing curriculum as well as grade level content in literacy and mathematics. Many students assume teaching responsibilities for specific topics and often teach a small unit of study.

I encourage student teachers assigned to PS 40 to be proactive during their placement. Teachers will support this effort and welcome the sharing of responsibilities. I believe the field placement experience is crucial in order to prepare student teachers embarking upon a career in education." – Donna Werner

Travel Directions: L train to 2nd or 1st Ave.

P.S. 41 Greenwich Village School

116 West 11 Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 675-2756 | Fax: (212) 924-0910

School Contacts: Michelle Pacheco, Assistant Principal; Kelly Shannon,
NYU Supervisors: Charles Litow
Free lunch: 9%

While solidly in the progressive camp for academics, the school, housed in a pleasant, well-lit school building with a large playground, is a bit more traditional in conduct than its Greenwich Village neighbor, P.S. 3. Parents who live in the P.S. 41 zone may choose either school.

Self discipline and respect is required of all children, and rules such as "help people" and "be nice" are illustrated on the walls of kindergarten classrooms. Thus, students seem to naturally emit a sense of productivity and purpose. During a good chunk of the literacy program, they are earnestly engaged in reading books they picked on their own so that teachers can hold one-on-one conferences to assess individual students.

The school was in the forefront of the movement to include children with special needs in regular classes. The "inclusion" classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education, and an aide. One kindergarten teacher came to PS 41 from a higher-paid job in a suburban Connecticut town because he was excited to be part of the inclusion class and the cutting-edge teaching methods that he said are found in District 2. The school also serves blind and other visually impaired students. It is one of the 209 schools that the chancellor exempted from the citywide uniform curriculum introduced in the city schools in September 2003.

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 41, where you'll get a chance to see a lot of the best teaching methods you learn at NYU put into practice." – Russ Schulman

Travel Directions: A, C, or E train to West 4th St.; 1, 2, 3, F, or V train to 14th St., L train to 6th Ave.

P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman School

71 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 226-8410 | Fax: (212) 431-7384

School Contact: Rosa Casiello O'Day, Principal
NYU Supervisors: Beth McDonald
Free lunch: 88%

P.S. 42 is a neighborhood school that straddles the boundary between Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

Kids learn at impressive rates here. Test scores have so improved that P.S. 42 is on the state's list of most improved schools and the chancellor's list of 209 schools exempted from having to install a new standardized curriculum. At the same time, Principal Rosa O'Day insists that staffers "take teaching and learning very seriously, but not at the expense of humanity."

The school provides bilingual classes for its immigrant students. There are two guidance counselors, one of whom speaks Chinese. A neighborhood organization, Immigrant Social Services, offers a summer program to the kids. This school is featured in New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools. 

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 42 has a friendly, informal atmosphere where NYU students are made to feel very welcome. The administrators are very supportive of teachers' professional development, including such things as voluntary study groups with lunch provided. The school gets involved with programs like ballroom dancing and a partnership with local architects culminating in their project being displayed on LaGuardia Place. We generally have about eight student teachers there, with placements including ESL, general education and special education." – Beth McDonald

Travel Directions: F to East Broadway or Delancey St., B or D to Grand St., J, M, or Z to Essex St.

P.S. 75 Emily Dickinson School

735 West End Ave. New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 866-5400 | Fax: (212) 678-2878

School Contact: Victoria Hunt, Assistant Principal
NYU Supervisor: Terry Rochford
Free lunch: 53%

Once a fairly traditional school, PS 75 has evolved in recent years to adopt new teaching methods. The school has introduced the Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop, which encourages children to write from their own experiences, constantly revising and editing their drafts. Each classroom has its own library, and children have plenty of access to fun-to-read picture books and children's literature. Kids still practice how to form letters on lined paper in workbooks here—not the free-form writing on unlined paper popular at some progressive schools—and there's plenty of emphasis on phonics, spelling, and grammar. Kids learn cursive in 3rd grade.

Math, too, has undergone a transformation, with the introduction of the progressive Everyday Math curriculum. In one 5th-grade math class, children made up dream projects on how they would spend $1 million. One child researched how much it would cost to build a restaurant—down to the details of the price of coffee. The school has long been known for its dual-language program, in which Spanish-speaking and English-speaking children are taught together and English is spoken one day, Spanish the next. The dual-language program has the added advantage of small class size—about 20 in kindergarten and about 26 in 5th grade.

Special Education: There are several collaborative team teaching classes with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education. Some severely handicapped children from District 75, including a few with autism and mental retardation, are integrated into regular classrooms, with extra assistance offered right in the class.

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 75 is a diverse school which educates all of its students in an inclusive environment. Student teachers can get quality mentoring in a rich, progressive academic program from experienced cooperating teachers in both general education and collaborative team teaching classes." – Lenny Barham

Travel Directions: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th St.

P.S. 77 Lower Lab School

1700 Third Ave. New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 427-2798 | Fax: (212) 423-0634

School Contact: Renay Sadis, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Joan Diller
Free lunch: 7%

Founded in 1987 as a program for the gifted, the Lab School is modeled after two progressive private schools, Manhattan Country School and Bank Street School of Education. Classrooms have cheerful curtains and sofas, donated by the parents. Geraniums in blue plastic pots line a windowsill along a corridor that faces a sunny interior courtyard. The floors are a sparkling blue.

Children call teachers by their first names. Most of the classes have tables—not desks—and children move from one activity to another freely. They sit on rugs, or sprawl on the floor in the hall with a book. The academics are demanding. Fourth graders may write essays of 750 words. Fifth graders may read classics often read by older children, such as The Red Badge of Courage, The Wizard of Oz, and Frankenstein. Children in grades 3-5 may participate in math competitions throughout the United States. Typically, a dozen 5th graders are admitted to Upper Lab, considered the district's most demanding middle school.

Special Education: Lab offers occupational therapy, physical therapy, and extra reading help. Lab has two self-contained special education classes for more-disabled children, who are assigned to them by the regional office.

Travel Directions: 4 or 6 train to 96th St.

P.S. 94@61

610 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 529-9306 | Fax: (212)

School Contact: Yvette Lewis, Assistant Principal
NYU Supervisor: Sheila Weiss

The mission of PS 94M is a district 75 school that offers opportunities and a structure for all students to improve academic performance and enhance English language skill acquisition to meet promotional standards while developing appropriate social skills with the support of parents, school, and community. We are committed to providing a rich environment that provides choices and enhanced learning through the use of multiple intelligences and infusion of the arts across the curriculum. Each individual will be challenged to function to their fullest potential with an appreciation for the individual differences. 

Supervisor Comment: "P.S. 94 at 61 is a self-contained program for children with significant emotional problems as well as children on the autistic spectrum disorder. Initially student teachers express trepidation in regard to their placement at P.S. 94, but, without fail, they come to love the school and the students. The staff welcomes the student teachers' involvement in all aspects of instruction, including the implementation of a school-wide behavioral program." – Sharon Kaplan

Travel Directions: L train to 1st Ave.

P.S. 116 Mary Lindley Murray School

210 East 33 Street, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 685-4366 | Fax: (212) 696-1009

School Contact: Amy Martin, Librarian
NYU Supervisor: Maxine Rapport
Free lunch: 18%

P.S. 116 is orderly without being rigid and has a gentle hum of children working together. It's a strict place, but the discipline doesn't seem oppressive, perhaps because the children are so happy to be engaged in their work and the teachers are so attuned to their students. Children receive some arts offerings, including visual arts and music classes, and a dance class in a studio furnished with a keyboard and platform stage for performances. Teaching artists from the Alvin Alley dance company also have worked with the students. The school's PTA offers a wide range of after-school clubs, offering everything from yoga to cooking.

The writing program is particularly strong. Widely recognized for its early adoption of the Writing Process, the method of teaching writing pioneered by Lucy Calkins at Teachers College, Columbia University, PS 116 attracts talented teachers from across the city--and even from out of state. "We look for teachers who embody the same philosophy the school has had," says principal Jane Hsu. Teachers are provided with ongoing training at the school and are expected to pick things up quickly. In fact, teachers here learn so fast that often the school loses them because they become staff developers. PS 116 is a Teachers College training site for literacy coaches, who visit classes in action. Professors of education conduct research here, and the building also is open to teachers from other schools who want to refine their craft. Examples of model teaching practices from P.S. 116 are featured in Calkins' book, The Art of Teaching Writing.

Special education: P.S. 116 has special services for children who are visually impaired as well as for children who have speech and language delays.

Travel Directions: 6 train to 33rd St.

P.S. 126 The Jacob Riis Community School

80 Catherine Street, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 962-2188  Fax: (212) 349-7342

School Contact: Robin Berg, Assistant Principal; Kerry Decker, Principal
NYU Supervisors: Carolyn Strom and Abby Uhrman
Free lunch: 68%

The Jacob Riis School is located in Lower Manhattan in an area known as "Two Bridges" (a block from the East River between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges). A Title I School, Jacob Riis is a microcosm of the cultural diversity of NYC. Approximately 70% of children come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken. The children also face economic hardship all too common to today's urban youth. 90% of children who attend the elementary school live in poverty and 60% of middle school children live in poverty.

The Jacob Riis School has an informal partnership with NYU. Associate Professor Cynthia McCallister, NYU Literacy Program Director and creator of the Genre Practice theory of instruction and the Unison Reading method, has joined forces with the principal of the Jacob Riis School to implement these practices where they have been associated with dramatic effects on student achievement. Genre Practice emphasizes engagement, achievement and equity. Students achieve well and also enjoy learning. Genre Practice and Unison Reading also emphasize teacher expertise as a source of curriculum planning/instruction as opposed to commercial curricula. So as teachers learn Genre Practice, they also learn to become better teachers.

The cutting-edge practices being implemented in Jacob Riis classrooms have drawn the attention of a number of scholars.  Currently, the Jacob Riis School is home to several research projects sponsored by over a dozen scholars including faculty and doctoral students from NYU and faculty from Hofstra University. In the spring of 2010, the Jacob Riis School was home to over 20 pre-service teachers from the Department of Teaching and Learning's programs in Early Childhood, Childhood and ESL.   

Travel Directions: F to East Broadway station

P.S. 131K Brooklyn

4305 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11219
Phone: 718-686-1457 

School Contact: Ruth Quiles, Principal

At P.S. 131, fully one-third of the student body is not proficient in English and that number is growing. Taking the challenge head on, school administrators are changing the emphasis of their English language instruction, and have joined a pilot program that reduces the use of students' native languages and boosts teaching in English instead.

Gone are the classrooms in which the large Chinese and Latino populations were taught in their native languages. In their place, transitional bilingual classes aim to strengthen English using minimal Spanish and Chinese. For other English language learners, a team of three full-time English as a Second Language teachers provide instruction in groups about half the normal class size. In addition, many teachers outside the ESL program are being trained to help bridge the gap in those classrooms that are not transitional.

The decision to adapt a more rigorous English policy, said principal Ruth Quiles, was an easy one both for her staff and for parents at the school. "For many years, English language learners weren't making gains quickly enough, and culturally, we have parents here who are very concerned about their children being able to pass (standardized testing for promotion,)" she said. Quiles noted that if the change seems radical now, it's only because it is new. "You're going to see changes across all schools in September," she said. "We're just a year ahead of them."

Travel Directions: D train to Fort Hamilton Parkway

P.S. 146k Brooklyn New School

610 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: (718) 923-4750 | Fax: (718) 923-4780

School Contact: Anna Allanbrook, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Phyllis Lehon
Free lunch: 21%

The success and popularity of Brooklyn New School, an alternative school that serves as a model for innovative schools throughout the region, gave Principal Anna Allanbrook the incentive to expand the school by about 50 students in 2004. She added a 2nd and a 3rd grade class, entirely of transfer students.

Standardized test scores remain consistently high at BNS, but the school does not put the high priority on testing that many other schools do. "They prepare the kids well, but they don't make a big deal out of the tests," said the parent of a 4th grader. Instead, teachers at BNS encourage project-based learning and take children on frequent field trips to enhance their studies. Students in 3rd through 5th grade go very far afield, traveling to the Poconos for an overnight environmental studies trip.

Parents play a huge role at BNS, which was founded by teachers and parents in 1987. They receive a weekly letter from the principal as well as twice-yearly progress reports of astonishing thoroughness. In one report, the teacher commented that a 3rd grader might use his talents and skills to influence his peers, writing "there's no sense in being capable and smart and not having some fun with it!" Teacher-student relationships are respectful and informal, and teachers go by their first names.

While reading and writing instruction are clearly dominant at BNS, teachers are working on a customized math curriculum as well. It aims at combining creative features of TERC, a progressive approach to teaching math that emphasizes understanding of the theories behind math formulas, with a more traditional curriculum that emphasizes fundamentals. (TERC is the acronym for the Teacher Educational Research Center, the group that developed the method.) "Nothing we do is scripted," said the principal of the flexibility she gives teachers.

Special education: There is one class for students, 3rd-5th grade, with learning disabilities.

Supervisor Comment: "This child-centered school is a stimulating and thoughtful learning community bringing children and staff from various backgrounds together in a charming Brooklyn neighborhood. It is obvious that much thought and collaboration have gone into creating this school." – Arlene Harris

Travel Directions: F train to Carroll St.

P.S. 150X Charles James Fox School

920 East 167 Street Bronx , NY 10459
Phone: (718) 328-7729  Fax: (718) 589-7590

School Contact: Edwin Irizarry, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Harriet Pitts 
Free lunch: 94%

Approximately 10 percent of the students at {.S. 150 live in neighborhoods zoned for other schools in the community but have been admitted to P.S. 150 at the request of parents, drawn by what Irizarry calls a "calm" school environment. On the day of our visit, we observed beautifully painted hallways, a busy but friendly office, and a welcoming early childhood area where pre-k and kindergarten students are greeted by a life-sized, construction-paper rain forest, complete with friendly creatures. We saw kindergarten children working happily at computers and doing activities, such as making words on magnetic boards, to build literacy skills. Older children were engaged in independent reading, quiet group work, and preparation for the next day's standardized math test.

Special Education: The school has "self-contained" classrooms, that is, classes only for students with special needs. It also provides services as needed to general education students. Currently, NYU is working with some of 150's CTT classrooms

Travel Directions: 2 or 5 to Simpson St.

P.S. 158 Bayard Taylor School

1458 York Ave. New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 744-6562 | Fax: (212) 772-8424

School Contact: Dina Ercolano, Assistant Principal
NYU Supervisor: Marilyn Siegel 
Free lunch: 21%

P.S. 158 has a relaxed and cheerful tone. Housed in a large building constructed in 1898, P.S. 158 has long winding corridors, high ceilings, large windows, and original details such as oak coat closets. It has two gyms and a small but adequate auditorium. Like other District 2 schools, its strength is its writing program. "They teach you to edit yourself, to rewrite, and to look for all those little errors," said the mother of a 5th grader. Each class has a rich classroom library, so children, with a teacher's help, can choose books that interest them. Kids who need extra help are invited to a "Saturday Academy" in November to prepare for the standardized city and state exams.

Special Education: The school has an extensive special education program including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech services, vision and hearing services and adaptive physical education for the disabled. The school has several successful "collaborative team teaching" classes that integrate children receiving special education services with those in general education. These CTT classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified to teach special education, and an aide. The school's self-contained special education class (i.e., a class exclusively for children with special needs) is one of the best I've seen. Children follow the same curriculum as the rest of the school--whether they are writing their "memoirs" or reading about the Stamp Act--but the teachers adapt the material as needed. The children in this class take part in school-wide enrichment activities, such as ballet and music, with their mainstream peers.

Travel Directions: 6 train to 77th St.

P.S. 163 Alfred E. Smith School

163 West 97th Street, New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 678-2854 | Fax: (212) 678-2856

School Contact: Andrea Spence, Assistant Principal; Virginia Pepe, Principal
NYU Supervisors: Sylvia Seidman, Terry Rochford
Free lunch: 46%

P.S. 163 is one of the few schools whose gifted and talented program is well-integrated racially and economically. Children of black professionals make friends with middle class whites, and English speakers mix with Spanish speakers in the unusual "dual-language gifted program." There is one English-only gifted class on each grade, and one "dual-language" gifted class on each grade, in which children study in both Spanish and English.

Principal Virginia Pepe has revamped and improved the dual language programs, which once offered English speakers only a smattering of Spanish. Now, children divide their time between one classroom with an English-speaking teacher and another classroom, across the hall, with a Spanish-speaking teacher. All the books, bulletin boards, and lessons are offered in the language of the particular classroom, and children now learn much more of the second language, Pepe said.

The school is particularly welcoming to children with special education needs. On one of my visits, I saw two autistic children successfully integrated into one class, and a child with Downs Syndrome integrated into another. The school has collaborative team teaching classes which combine special needs children and those in general education. These classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

Many teachers have been trained in the Teacher College method called the Writing Process, in which children learn to write even before they can read, stringing together letters as they sound out words to approximate spelling.

Travel Directions: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th St. 

P.S. 178 Professor Juan Bosch Public School

12 Ellwood St, New York, NY 10040
Phone: (212) 569-0327  Fax: (212) 569-0389

School Contact: DeDe Budd, Principal
NYU Supervisors: TBD
Free lunch: 68%

The schoo, is in a clean, spacious building that used to be a nursing home. There's an art room, a science room, a gym, a library, an occupational therapy suite and even an outdoor play area on the second floor. The occupants' overall satisfaction with their environment is evident in the care they lavish on it. The walls both in the hallways and inside the classroom are hard to see for the amount of exuberant student work layered over them.

Principal Deirdre Budd meets the challenge of making sure her teachers stay learners through a thriving partnership with Columbia University's Teachers College. The day we dropped by, an early childhood expert from there was making her weekly P.S. 178 visit, during which she met with the teachers in each grade. In response to a question from the kindergarten teachers, she explained a method for helping children in that delicate phase between being read to and reading on their own.

The P.S. 178 faculty is studded with stars. Even its less charismatic members are perfectly competent, and real joy is to be had in observing the gifts of teachers like Elizabeth Alburquerque. Her genius is to make simple addition compelling by such techniques as constructing a meta-narrative around the problem of 23 plus 56. It's easy to add two tens to 56, she warns, imploring the children not to forget the poor, vulnerable three. Everybody gets the right answer and screams it out, all together.

Special Education: P.S. 178's special programs now include the ASD Nest program (started in 2007-08), designed to help higher functioning children with autism, or Asperger's Syndrome, thrive in mainstream settings. 

School Comments: P.S. 178 is a kindergarten to grade two school located in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The school is a Teachers College Project school which means that the Readers and Writers Workshop model is used in all classrooms and that there is regular, on-going professional development. To support the learning of phonics, all classroom staff have been trained in using the Reading Reform program which is an Orton-Gillingham approach.

Like most New York City Department of Education schools, the math program is Everyday Math. All students participate in music, art and physical education classes. There are bilingual, dual language and collaborative team teaching classes at each grade.

P.S. 178 has created a child centered environment-all staff members are addressed by their first names, the principal's office is always open for adults and children to visit and students are always treated with respect and warmth.

While the focus is clearly on academic achievement, there are many additional, supplemental programs that foster the students' skills in music, art and drama. All during the school year children take trips to museums, zoos, theaters and neighborhood venues.

Finally, parents are very much a part of the 178 program. There are regular workshops for parents and many parents volunteer in classrooms and bring with them their special talents in art, music, drama, poetry and writing,

In sum, P.S. 178 strives to be a school that meets the diverse needs of its students, their parents and the surrounding community.

Travel Directions: A to 190th St. or 1 to Dyckman St.

P.S. 186X Walter J. Damrosch School

750 Jennings Street, Bronx, NY 10459
Phone: 718-378-0006

NYU Supervisor: Helen Friedlander

The mission of the P.S. 186X (District 75 School) organization is to provide a gentle, nurturing and consistent environment where all students are afforded a quality, standards-based instructional program. In a psycho-educational milieu, students with the support of their parents, teachers, counselors and other support staff are encouraged to strive for academic excellence, emotional growth and increased social awareness. This mission is achieved through our multidisciplinary efforts with teachers, clinicians, parents and community medical and mental health facilities and resources.

Special Education: The school has several "self-contained" classes for students with special education needs.

Travel Directions: 2, 5 to Freeman St.

P.S. 191 Amsterdam School

210 West 61st Street, New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 757-4343 | Fax: (212) 757-1022

School Contact: Mary Negron, Assistant Principal; Maria Verdesoto, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Wendy Biderman
Free Lunch: 64%

P.S. 191 has a lot going for it: enthusiastic teachers; a thoroughly engaging music teacher; partnerships with Studio in a School and Lincoln Center Institute; separate outdoor playgrounds for Pre-K, kindergarten; and older students; and a huge grant from City Councilwoman Gail Brewer to renovate the auditorium . Classes are small, with as few as 15 and never more than 25 children.

There is one regular and one "gifted and talented" class in each grade, starting in kindergarten. The walls of classrooms and halls are filled with student made artwork and writing projects. The halls are painted in bright colors -- the result of a collaboration with Publicolor, a non-profit organization that works with the Department of Education to make gloomy public spaces cheerier.

The school serves mostly black and Hispanic children from low-income families who live in the Amsterdam Houses, the housing projects tucked in behind Lincoln Center. However, the gifted and talented program has a mix of white, black and Hispanic parents, many of whom are middle class and well-educated.

Educators from Teachers College help in develop lesson plans and activities. Teachers also attend TC workshops. Every classroom has loads of books, arranged by reading level and "tool kits" of blocks and other objects children can use to work on math problems. Lots of literacy and math coaching and "Saturday academies" have helped bring the school scores way up.

Special Education: The school has several "self-contained" classes for students with special education needs.

Travel Directions: A, C, B, D or 1 59th St.

P.S. 198 Isidor and Ida Straus School

1700 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 289-3702 | Fax: (212) 410-1731

School Contact: Sharon Jeffrey-Roebuck, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Joan Diller
Free lunch: 58%

Attentive teachers, a strong principal, and a science program taught by researchers at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine make this a school to watch. Once a struggling school, P.S. 198 now has test scores that place it in the top quarter of schools citywide. The school's progress is all the more remarkable considering the Lower Lab School for Gifted Education, which shares a building with P.S. 198, continues to draw some of the neighborhood's brightest students.

Principal Sharon Jeffrey-Roebuck is an effective, knowledgeable principal (whose own daughter went to Upper Lab, the continuation of Lower Lab, and then to a private girls boarding school in New England). Math is taught with hands-on projects that engage the kids: In one class, kids were positively gleeful about the prospect of adding fractions as part of a board game. Research scientists from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine work with children at PS 198. One year, children grew colonies of bacteria by touching their fingers to jell in glass dishes, then waiting a few days until the growth of bacteria was visible even without a microscope. The head of the comparative neurobiology lab at Mt. Sinai talked to students about how astronauts adjust to "microgravity" in a confined environment. As P.S. 198 has attracted more middle-class families (including many African-Americans and people of South Asian ancestry), it also has attracted more parent volunteers.

Class size is smaller at P.S. 198 than at Lab (20, compared with 28). There are plenty of books in the P.S. 198 classrooms, and children spend lots of time reading with a teacher or volunteer in small groups, a proven way to improve comprehension. The quality of children's writing is good. There seemed to be more explicit instruction in phonics in PS 198 than in Lab.

Special Education: The school has collaborative team teaching classes that mix children receiving special education services with those in general education. These classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified to teach special education. PS 198 has a free after-school program. 

Travel Directions: 4 or 6 to 96th St.

P.S. 212 Midtown West School

328 W. 48th Street, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 247-0208 | Fax: (212) 757-4933

School Contact: Dean Ketchum, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Kate Cenedella
Free lunch: 20%

Supervisor Comments: "Midtown West has a long standing tradition of training student teachers. It is a small school that works collaboratively with parents, teachers, and administration in order to foster a healthy learning environment. All of the children there receive a rich and rewarding learning experience. Midtown West is all about leadership and achievement for their students. They utilize all the best learning skills and tools that are available. The student and the staff population are very diverse. It is a true mosaic in the grand tradition of New York City.

There are two teachers on each grade from K-5. The school population is about 380 students. Additionally, there are two self contained special education classes consisting of grades 1-3 and 4-5. There are also numerous specialists who support the students. They consist of a Guidance Counselor, Psychologist, Social Worker, Reading, Math, and Speech specialists.

In summary, Midtown West is a model environment for a student teacher to learn in. They welcome student teachers with open arms and have them participate in all aspects of teaching." – Dorothy Katz 

Travel Directions: 1, C, or E train to 50th St. and N, R, W to 49th St.

P.S. 226 The Manhattan School

12 West 12 St. New York, NY 10011
Phone 212-691-4135

NYU Supervisor: Helen Friedlander

Supervisor Comments: "PS 226 Manhattan @ 12th Street is an off-site of PS 226 Manhattan and is located at 12 West 12th Street in the annex of the First Presbyterian Church, located on 5th Avenue and 12th Street.  The school serves young children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, ages 2.9 years through age 5. There are five classrooms with a "rich" staff to child ratio. (Three of the five teachers are NYU graduates.) The speech and language and occupational therapists are integral to the highly professional nature of this early childhood special education program." - Helen Friedlander

Travel Directions: F, V, N, R, Q, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St., L to 6th Ave., and A, C, E to W. 4th St

P.S. 261k Philip Livingston School

314 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 330-9275 | Fax: (718) 875-9503

School Contact: Sara Cookingham, Assistant Principal
NYU Supervisors: Gail Ray
Free lunch: 55%

Supervisor Comments: "P.S. 261 Magnet School for Integrating the Arts is a school which focuses on integrating the arts throughout the educational life of the students. It is racially, ethnically and academically diverse, reflecting the cultural diversity of the neighborhood. The school encourages and values parental participation and involvement in many aspects of classroom life as well as in the school management.

The school uses Balanced Literacy, Everyday Math, reader’s and writer’s workshop and has a Partnership with Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Teachers encourage the children’s natural curiosity, learning independence, problem solving and have high expectations for the success of each child.

Student Teachers from NYU have been included in this school for more than ten years and are often hired as part of the teaching staff." – Joan Rosenberg

Special Education: NYU works with several of 261's CTT and self-contained classrooms

Travel Directions: A, C, or G trains to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. and F or G trains to Bergen St.

P.S. 333 Manhattan School for Children

154 West 93rd Street, New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 222-1450 | Fax: (212) 222-1828

School Contact: Claudine Cassan-Jellison, Assistant Principal
Free lunch: 24%

Supervisor Comments: "The Manhattan School for Children (MSC; P.S. 333) was founded in the early 1990s through a cooperative effort of parents, teachers and staff members of NYC’s Community School District 3. It is a school of choice open to children who are zoned to District 3. MSC’s educators and parents have worked to build and maintain a school community in which includes students of different racial/ethnic, socio-economic as well as physical and academic abilities. The elementary school was extended to create a K - 8 school several years ago.

The CTT program at P.S. 333, The Manhattan School for Children, was created to include children with severe motor impairments, children who are non-verbal and children with unique learning styles into a general education setting. The school provides appropriate educational opportunities in the least restrictive environment for all children. Every child follows the on grade curriculum, accessing it in their own way.

Steinhardt's Department of Teaching and Learning places five or six student teachers in MSC each semester in general education classrooms (usually 4) and 2 CTT classrooms (kindergraten and 1st grade). The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is well established at MSC and a new program, Math in the City, has been adopted this year. Everyday Math continues to be the core math program in many classrooms. Teachers use the workshop model of instruction extensively." – Grant Courtney

Travel Directions: 1, 2, 3, or C to 96th St.

P.S. 361 Children's Workshop School

610 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 614-9531 | Fax: (212) 614-9462

School Contact: Maria Velez-Clarke, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Suzanne Carothers
Free lunch: 60.08%

One of four progressive elementary schools in District 1, the Children's Workshop school is an intimate and welcoming place where kids are encouraged to speak their minds and grown-ups care deeply about the well-being of students. "This school belongs to the children," says Principal Maria Velez-Clarke, who co-founded the school in 1993 after teaching at Central Park East II, the alternative elementary school in East Harlem.

The school's curriculum is creative and based on projects. "Kids are taught that expressing yourself through art and writing are equally important," says Dorothy Cantwell, a parent and the school's parent coordinator. Colorful quilting projects are displayed in the hallway outside of the main office. As part of their study about water, first and second graders took a trip to the little red lighthouse, which sits beneath the George Washington bridge, and then wrote and illustrated their own books about the landmark. Trips are an important part of the curriculum. Students might go to the Union Square Market to learn how food is produced, and 4th graders go on a week-long trip to a farm in upstate New York.

Classrooms are stuffed with books and blocks, and hallways display student art projects. All classes have mixed grade groupings. Students are taught to work together in groups, and are given classroom responsibilities. In a 1st/2nd grade classroom, a job board displayed a photo of each child, with a description of his or her duty beneath it: one child was the class table scrubber, and another in charge of snack bowls.

The school shares its building with two other schools: the progressive East Village Community School, and P.S. 94, a district 75 school for children with special education needs. There is one self-contained class for students with special education needs. Other students with special needs are integrated into regular classrooms and receive extra help. The school no longer mainstreams a handful of students from P.S. 94.

Travel Directions: L train to 1st Ave.

 P.S. 811 @ 149

34 West 118th Street New York, NY 10026

NYU Supervisor: Helen Friedlander

P.S. 811M is a special education schoolserving severely disabled students, ages 4.9 - 14. The school includes a Pre-K class for students with disabilities, as well as inclusion programs at P.S. 75 and P.S.163. P.S. 811M students are categorized as having multiple disabilities, autism, severe emotional/behavioral needs and/or severe language/communication disorders.

Travel Directions: 2 or 3 train to 116th St.

Central Park East I

1573 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 860-5821 | Fax: (212) 860-6017

School Contact: Julie Zuckerman, Principal
NYU Supervisor: Sandra Santvoord
Free lunch: 42%

Central Park East was founded in 1974 by Deborah Meier, a visionary teacher whose work has had a profound effect on education in New York City and the nation. Her belief that schools should be small, humane, democratic places where children learn how to learn and how to think for themselves helped spark a revival of progressive education in the city and the nation. Now, when just about every elementary school classroom in the city has a rug and almost no one uses graded readers, it's hard to imagine how revolutionary Central Park East and its two sister schools, Central Park East II and River East, were when they first opened--and how much influence they've had on education in the past two decades.

At a time when other schools had desks in rows, Central Park East had tables and sofas. At a time when other schools tracked children into classes for smart kids and dumb kids, Central Park East put kids of different abilities and even different ages into the same class. (More than one third receive special education services.) Instead of accepting racial segregation as a given, Central Park East has always put a premium on enrolling children from different neighborhoods to make the school as racially integrated as possible.

CPE has remained true to its roots. It still attracts an amazing range of parents and children: lawyers and families on public assistance, high-achieving children who are bored in traditional classrooms, and children who are dyslexic or emotionally troubled. All three have a corps of passionate, articulate, and highly educated parents who are deeply committed to the schools' philosophies. Parents say CPE offers an unusual attention to children's own interests, and the firm belief that those interests will lead children to explore the world around them in a serious and purposeful way. Independent work is prized. Even kindergartners are expected to work on their own, whether they're splashing at the water table, writing in their journals, or playing in a toy kitchen.

Travel Directions: 4, 6 to 103rd St.

Learning Spring Elementary

East 29th St., New York, NY 10001

School Contact: Jennifer Wagner, Educational Coordinator
NYU Supervisor: Ellen Farrell

Learning Spring Elementary School is a school founded to pioneer and advance educational opportunities for high-functioning students diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. It seeks to understand each child's strengths and weaknesses, and then, using a multidisciplinary approach, develops a set of individual goals and services that strives to help each child realize his/her potential.

The school advocates the use of a cooperative learning paradigm, where group learning and collaboration address the needs of the whole child, integrating the learning of challenging academics with the equally important mastery of social/emotional, pragmatic language, organizational and sensory-motor skills. It recognizes the fundamental role of families in the education of their children, and seeks to form a working partnership with each and every child's family.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

331 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 662-8000

School Contact: Janette Newman, Educational Director
NYU Supervisor: Patricia Romandetto

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is the oldest and largest social services and educational organization on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

For children ages 3 to 6 years, attending the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Early Childhood Center is always an exciting adventure. The preschool provides a rich educational curriculum year-round for 150 children from all five boroughs and dozens of ethnicities, many of them from low-income families. Our program prepares children for success in kindergarten and later grades by working on socialization, motor and academic skills. We also provide an introduction to pre-literacy and early math skills as well as to computers, art, music and swimming. Our center is accredited by the National Associate for the Education of Young Children. This prestigious recognition, only achieved by approximately 7% of early childhood programs nationwide, certifies that the Neighborhood House's early childhood program meets national standards of excellence in childcare.

Travel Directions: 6 train to 68th St., Hunter College

Merricat's Castle School

 316 East 88th St., New York, NY 10028

School Contact: Linda Wosczyk
NYU Supervisor: Maris Krasnow

In Merricat's Castle School's three beautiful and lively classrooms, preschoolers learn academic skills as well as the lessons of patience, kindness and caring. Typically developing children and children with special needs are cherished and grow together in a nurturing setting where the process of learning is an adventure in acquiring social, intellectual, emotional, creative and physical skills. A special education staff coordinates medical, psychological and language services, and families enjoy parent workshops, counseling and a close involvement in the life of the Merricat's community.

The teaching teams work closely together designing all curricular units and activities. Student teachers are included as part of that team and are able to participate fully. The administration is supportive, encouraging, and welcoming to our program. The school is housed in a church on its upper floors. There is an outside playground and a small playground outside the toddler room. The children all receive a rich and nurturing education.

Travel Directions: 6 train to 86th St.

  NYL Gramercy School at YAI

460 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 420-0510 | Fax: (212)

School Contact: Rae Eisdorfer
NYU Supervisor: Barbara Schwartz

Our center based Early Intervention Program is one option for families seeking Early Intervention services outside the home or for those children who have been receiving services at home and are ready to socialize with their peers. Our school offers eligible two year olds a 2 hour (12:15-2:15)/5 day per week program which provides special education and related services as per the child's IFSP.

Our 10 preschool classrooms offer a full continuum of options to meet the needs of a wide range of children displaying a variety of developmental delays/disabilities. We have full day (9:15-2:15) and half day (9:15-11:45) classes. Most of our classes have 12 children and are staffed with one special education teacher and two assistants. For those children who require a richer staffing ratio, we have three classrooms that serve a maximum of 8 children. These classrooms are generally for children with multiple disabilities or for children with PDD/autism who require more intense adult facilitation. Two of our classrooms serve those children whose evaluations have determined that they would benefit from instruction in Spanish as well as English. They are staffed with a fully bilingual team. Our two integrated classrooms are specifically designed to educate children with special needs along side their typically developing peers. Our typically developing children come from the neighboring community through our collaboration with Community School District 2 to provide Universal Pre-Kindergarten services.

Travel Directions: A, C, or E to 34th St. – Penn Station

Parkside School

48-50 West 74th Street, New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 721-8888 | Fax: (212) 721-1547                  
School Contact: Leslie Thorne, Director
NYU Supervisor: Marilyn Siegel
The Parkside School welcomes elementary school children from diverse ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds who have a range of language-based learning difficulties. We serve the whole child by offering a thoughtfully designed, comprehensive array of academic and support services. Our goal is to enable our students to pursue learning in their areas of strength, to acquire tools and strategies to progress in their areas of challenge and to develop respect and understanding for themselves and others.
The Parkside educational program is tailored to meet the particular needs of each individual student. That said, though, there are many components that all students experience and that really anchor our work. Our guiding principle is to serve the whole child with a full array of academic subjects delivered in a rigorous and structured classroom program that is interwoven with a complimentary range of services delivered in large groups, small groups and one-on-one.
Supervisor Comment: "The Parkside School is an Upper West Side private school located in a brownstone setting with self-contained special education classes for children with learning disabilities and communication disorders.  These small size early childhood and childhood classes and their teachers engage in strong team work and actively utilize special support services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language, guidance, technology, yoga, etc. There is a warm, community-type atmosphere throughout the building." – Marilyn Siegel

Travel Directions: B or C to 72nd St.

The Roosevelt Center

460 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 420-0510 | Fax: (212)                                  
School Contact: Yuki Okumo, Director
NYU Supervisor: Barbara Schwartz
Supervisor Comments: "The Roosevelt Center is part of the New York League of programs that are under the auspices of the Young Adult Institute (YAI). The program serves preschool children ages 3-5 with disabilities who are dually diagnosed. The program has 5 classrooms two of which we are currently using for field placements.  In each of these classrooms there are from six to eight children, an experienced master teacher of children with severe disabilities, and two paraprofessionals. The program is unique in its use of adaptive and assistive technology to support each child's full involvement in the educational program. The READ, PLAY and LEARN curriculum, a literacy based curriculum is at the core of the daily program offered in the classrooms. In this setting student teachers have extensive experience to learn to implement differentiated instruction and to interact with an array of related services professionals who work directly in the classroom." – Barbara Schwartz
Travel Directions: A, C, or E to 34th St., Penn Station

Stephen Gaynor

22 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023
School Contact: Mindy Stern, Curriculum Supervisor
NYU Supervisor: Wendy Biderman
Supervisor Comment: "The Stephen Gaynor School is a private school which addresses the needs of children with learning differences. The school utilizes a model of instruction that specializes and integrates a multi-sensory and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and remediation.
The students may receive one to one instruction, direct instruction or work in small groups. Related services, such as occupational therapy, language therapy, math and reading remediation are readily available for all of the students.
Classrooms are small, approximately ten children with one head teacher and one assistant teacher are in every class. The teachers tailor the skills necessary and instructional content for each student in each class. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the individual students." – Joan Rosenberg

"This is my first semester at Stephen Gaynor, a private special education school located in Manhattan.  My students and I have been very impressed with the facility, the curriculum and the teachers. My students feel that the school is almost too perfect. It is expensive to attend and seems to cater to a wealthy New York population. Most of the students are well behaved and there do not seem to be many children out of control. It is a very relaxed place. My students think that it is a little unrealistic. I agree with my students but I don’t see any of these things as a negative. It is an excellent place to learn. I think that it is a fabulous experience for students to see top notch materials and teachers. The curriculum is quite structured. I believe that when you have excellent models in your training, you are ready to take the information that is gleaned, add your own spin to it and take it no matter where you go." – Wendy Biderman

Travel Directions: B or C to 72nd St.

Stephen Wise  

30 West 68th Street, New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-4050

School Contact: Miriam Kalmar, Assistant Director
NYU Supervisor: Dinah Heller

At the Stephen Wise Early Childhood Center, we believe that children learn by doing. Play is at the heart of the learning process, and through play our children are encouraged to explore their surroundings, interact with their teachers and peers, and work with a wide variety of materials to create, build and experiment.

Our philosophy of teaching is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our director, assistant director, and many staff members have attended study tours in Italy to learn about this remarkable and innovative approach to education. Essential to the Reggio philosophy are four components, all of which are emphasized in our classrooms:

  • Children are viewed as competent and capable learners
  • The physical environment plays a prominent role in learning
  • Documentation of children's work is essential to the learning process
  • Children learn in different ways, and as a result, opportunities are provided for children to use the "100 languages of learning."

The Early Childhood Center is proud to work in partnership with the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI). JECEI is an organization that seeks to engage young children and their families into a rich and meaningful Jewish life. It has worked with schools across the country, to infuse early childhood centers with Jewish values, utilizing the Reggio Emilia approach to education as its vehicle.

Travel Directions: 1 to 66th St., B or C to 72nd St.

YM-YWha of Williamsburg

64 Division Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-0229
School Contact: Pallavi Gupta

Supervisor Comments: "This is a stellar Head Start program with 11 early childhood classrooms, funded by Head Start and Universal Pre-K dollars, located in a public housing complex in the midst of the diverse South Williamsburg community. The children currently enrolled in the program are from Polish, Mexican, African-American and other linguistic/ethnic communities. The educational staff is multilingual as well and able to communicate with children and parents in their primary language. Under the guidance of an experienced Head Start Director and Education manager the children are offered a quality early childhood program. All classrooms offer appropriate early childhood equipment, materials and activities supplemented by a large outdoor play space.  This site is used primarily for Learning Partners in their first field placement."
– Barbara Schwartz
School Comments: "The Williamsburg Y Head Start shall provide comprehensive services to the Head Start family in a multicultural environment and will promote school readiness by enhancing the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of low-income children." – Bessie Baluyot
Travel Directions: M or J to Marcy Ave.