showcase schools program
who we are
The Showcase Schools program is designed to recognize and share promising practices across New York City
Department of Education schools. In collaboration with a Central Showcase team member, each school plans and
hosts transformational learning experiences with differentiated activities for educators from across the system.
Together, they make the learning of their journey visible, and design activities, guided tours, and artifacts that expose
visitors to their practices, as well as the systems and processes that help those practices thrive. By opening their
doors, schools show what is possible for students and teachers, inspiring and supporting their visitors in adapting the practices for their own contexts. Through this work, Showcase schools are contributing to a system-wide effort to
achieve equitable outcomes for students.
The Showcase Schools program seeks to:
Provide transformational learning experience that inspire continuous improvement towards racial equity citywide
Strengthen practice, outcomes, and culture at Showcase host schools
Contribute to system-wide culture of collaboration
learning focus areas
Showcase Schools are schools that have demonstrated promising practices in one or more specific areas of focus such as culturally responsive pedagogy, early childhood education, special education, teacher development, and more. These Learning Focus Areas (LFA’s) are identified by educators as areas of greatest importance or need in their schools.
The Showcase Schools program is deeply committed to exposing educators to promising practices and the conditions that help them thrive. In order to empower our visitors to become agents of change, we aim to promote asset-oriented mindsets and highlight the systems and processes that support a school’s Learning Focus Area. We look forward to sharing our progress as a result of these efforts and to the work ahead!
The power of storytelling brings people together. Showcase Schools receive guidance on how to tell their school’s story in compelling ways in order to empower others who are looking to spark similar change in their schools.
Teacher leaders are identified from each Showcase School to lead the planning and development of Showcase visits.