2017-2018 CCRP Cohort

The number of students entering college requiring remediation is one of several strong indicators of the need for improved alignment between high school and college curricula. To address this gap, GNYC developed the Collaborative Curriculum Revision Project (CCRP), implemented via a new collaboration with the Early College Initiative (ECI) for academic year 2017-218. GNYC and ECI  partner with CUNY colleges and NYC DOE high schools to see the CCRP’s goals to fruition, and the project is generously sustained by funding from the Teagle Foundation. Over the course of the academic year, cohorts of high school teachers and college faculty work together with the support of a facilitator to vertically align curricula across the K-12/higher education divide. The project bridges the transition between NYC DOE public high schools and CUNY colleges by building a shared understanding of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices at the high school and college level.

This cohort is the first to be rooted in the Decoding the Disciplines framework, a process for identifying bottlenecks that impede student learning, wherein teachers and students are led through the task of breaking down these barriers via an in-depth seven-step process. The CCRP leverages this framework within the alignment context and engages high school teachers and college faculty to adjust their curricula, assignments, and assessments in order to successfully guide students through a more seamless transition from high school to college.

Hostos Community College

The Hostos Community College group paired English faculty from Hostos with English teachers from Health, Education, and Research Occupations High School (H.E.R.O.) and Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science in an effort to align their respective curricula.

Final Cohort Papers and Presentations

Tom Barber, Adjunct Lecturer, English, The City University of New York

Samantha Elkaim, English Teacher, Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science

Judith Nysenholc, English/ESL Teacher, H.E.R.O. High School and The City University of New York
Alexandra Milsom, Associate Professor, English, Hostos Community College

Cameron Yeates, English Teacher, H.E.R.O. High School

New York City College of Technology

The New York City College of Technology (City Tech) group paired math faculty from City Tech with math teachers from Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) and City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (City Poly) in an effort to align their respective curricula.

Final Cohort Papers and Presentations

Holly Carley, Professor, Mathematics, New York City College of Technology

K. Andrew Parker, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, New York City College of Technology

2014-2016 CCRP Cohorts

From 2014-16 with the support of a grant from the Teagle Foundation, GNYC joined forces with the DOE/CUNY Library Collaborative to expand upon prior work each organization had been doing separately to implement the NYC Collaborative Curriculum Revision Project. Over the course of the 2014-16 grant, four cohorts of high school teachers, college faculty, and librarians worked together with the support of facilitators and documentarians to revise curricula. These groups, called Communities of Practice, met for a two-hour orientation and community building session, followed by five two-hour professional development workshop sessions. The goal of these activities was to create upper-level high school lesson plans that are aligned with college-level coursework and that emphasize student skill development in the areas of critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, and writing with textual evidence. This work has helped campuses bridge the transition between NYC DOE public high schools and CUNY colleges by building an understanding of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices at the high school and college levels. GNYC is now pursuing funding to enhance and expand this work.

Borough of Manhattan Community College

With Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies

Faculty and librarians from Borough of Manhattan Community College and the Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies gathered, developed a shared collection of teaching strategies for preparing students for the college experience and revised a high school ecology curricular unit. To inform revisions to the high school curricular unit, participants engaged in conversations on common teaching goals and challenges, the skills that constitute “college-readiness,” and best teaching practices. In engaging in these conversations, participants developed a community of practice that intends to continue to meet beyond the formal conclusion of this workshop series.

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Hostos Community College

With Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy

Faculty and librarians from Hostos Community College and the Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy (APPA) gathered, developed a shared collection of teaching strategies for preparing students for the college experience and revised a high school ecology curricular unit. To inform revisions to the high school curricular unit, participants engaged in conversations on common teaching goals and challenges, the skills that constitute “college-readiness,” and best teaching practices. In engaging in these conversations, participants developed a community of practice that intends to continue to meet beyond the formal conclusion of this workshop series.

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York College

With Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

Faculty and librarians from York College and Queens High School for the Sciences at York College gathered, developed a shared collection of teaching strategies for preparing students for the college experience and revised a high school ecology curricular unit. To inform revisions to the high school curricular unit, participants engaged in conversations on common teaching goals and challenges, the skills that constitute “college-readiness,” and best teaching practices. In engaging in these conversations, participants developed a community of practice that intends to continue to meet beyond the formal conclusion of this workshop series.

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New York City College of Technology

With Sunset Park High School

Faculty and librarians from the New York City College of Technology and Sunset Park High School gathered, developed a shared collection of teaching strategies for preparing students for the college experience and revised a high school ecology curricular unit. To inform revisions to the high school curricular unit, participants engaged in conversations on common teaching goals and challenges, the skills that constitute “college-readiness,” and best teaching practices. In engaging in these conversations, participants developed a community of practice that intends to continue to meet beyond the formal conclusion of this workshop series.

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Click here to read the evaluation of these four projects.