New Visions Contributes to the Giving Library

New Visions for Public Schools is privileged to be a part of the Giving Library, an online donor resource and information center operated by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

In a series of 10 short videos, Bob Hughes, our president, describes New Visions' work improving New York City public schools, our strategies, metrics for success, challenges and future plans.

Watch the video here. When you log into the Giving Library website and share the video via Facebook and Twitter, Giving Library will donate $5 to our organization. 

Bob Hughes
Every day 50,000 school children walk into New Visions schools.

Our job is a critical one: to make sure our schools are equipping students with the skills they need for success in college, the job market and as citizens of the world.

We deploy three major strategies to effect change. First, under a unique arrangement with the city’s Education Department, we are a partnership organization to 75 high need high schools.  We provide leadership coaching for principals, support schools in their daily operations, and help teachers deepen their instruction with the Common Core standards.

Second, because we recognize that improving existing public schools is only part of the answer, we design and operate a growing network of New Visions charter high schools, expanding school choice for families in high-need neighborhoods.

Third, we work to improve the capacity of the teachers, counselors, principals and staff who make schools work. Having strong school leaders at the helm can yield huge benefits, especially for children who enter 9th grade below grade level in reading and math. That is why we began a milestone partnership with Hunter College School of Education to launch a cutting-edge teacher residency program that has graduated scores of new, effective teachers who are making a difference in schools across the city and in the lives of their students.

Why is an investment in New Visions a good idea? We are an innovation lab working in the nation's largest school system.  Our efforts regularly are adopted and scaled by New York City and districts across the country.  Your contribution directly helps our highest need students and promises greater change for the nearly 1.1 million public school students in New York City.

While we are focused on scale, we make a difference one student at a time.  Consider Kafoumba, who arrived in New York City from the Ivory Coast with limited English but with a passion and a drive to succeed. His school, the Marble Hill School for International Studies, boasts a 4-year graduation rate of over 90 percent. Schools like Marble Hill are tremendous resources from which to learn effective practices.

We have a proud history of accomplishment, but we need your help to do more.  A high school diploma is not enough to guarantee success in today’s challenging global economy.  With your help, we can continue our mission of improving public schools in the nation’s largest school district and enabling more students to experience the transformative power of public education.

Thank you for your interest in learning about New Visions and the work that we do.

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