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"Our participation in Showcase Schools has been a source of pride. My team of veteran Showcase teachers remember vividly the times when our school was only spotlighted for being on negative lists (Renewal, Focus, Persistently Dangerous, etc). Being recognized for promising pedagogical practices has helped galvanize the staff behind our debate work and our instructional focus."

Ben Honoroff, 14K050 Principal

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"Being a Fellow has given me tools for initiating racial equity conversations at my school and with my administration and colleagues. Participating in the Showcase program has helped my colleagues and me to continue to improve our practice."

Jessica Navarro, 24Q343 Fellow

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​"Being a Showcase School has been a great! Knowing that some of our best practices have been implemented in other schools is so rewarding and makes us work even smarter!"

Debra Jones, 12X463 Principal

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"The Showcase Fellows program was a wonderful opportunity that allowed me to grow my pedagogy as a teacher, a school leader, and a mentor. As a result of this experience, I would like to share what I have learned as a Fellow to develop a New Teacher Fellows Program at District 18 in order to share promising practices with new Science teachers. This program lives in all of us, and it will not end here."

Michelle Jennings, 18K763 Fellow

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"The Showcase Fellows program really pushed me into being more than just a math coach at my school. I became a true teacher leader who was able to think transparently, dive deep into adult learning, and guide staff in providing adult learning to our visitors."

Nicole Chahinian, 09X294 Fellow

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"Showcase Schools has been the most valuable program I have been a part of in my time in the DOE. Both leading and attending Showcase School visits have led to improved practices that positively impact student achievement here at the Children's Lab School."

Brooke Barr, 24Q343 Principal

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​"The Showcase Fellows program was a wonderful opportunity that allowed me to grow my pedagogy as a teacher, a school leader, and a mentor. As a result of this experience I would like to share what I have learned as a Fellow to develop a New Teacher Fellows Program at District 18 in order to share promising practices with new Science teachers. This program lives in all of us, and it will not end here."

Mark Nigido, 31R440 Fellow

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​"We spent hours reflecting on our curriculum and pedagogical practices to ensure coherence so that other schools would be able to replicate and improve upon our work. The Showcase planning process has allowed us to take time to "work out the kinks" that we may not have gotten to otherwise."

Angela DeFilippis, 18K763 Principal

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"It is an absolute honor to be a part of the Showcase Schools program. I have grown professionally due to the structure of the sessions and it has helped to further enhance the pedagogical practices of my teaching staff. Being a part of Showcase Schools has also helped to boost the morale at our school."

Naiyma Moore-Allen, 23K156 Principal

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​"The Showcase Fellows program allowed me to be more confident in sharing promising practices with other educators. It also allowed me to be more aware of how to promote racial equity not only in my classroom, but our school environment."

Cindy Garcia, 07X359 Fellow

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"Working alongside fellow educators, visiting schools, showcasing my own school, and spotlighting racial equity and biases enabled me to see how being an educator is multifaceted, powerful, and impactful. Thank you for a once in a lifetime learning journey."

Patty Cristi, 26Q178 Fellow

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​"I’m excited to have been part of the program as it taught me to reflect on my practice and use that to try and assist others on their respective journey. I will take away from this program the ways in which we can rely on one another as teachers and learners to best help all of our kids."

Shauna McGee, 11X127 Fellow

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