Shenzhen Educators Visit The Renaissance Leadership Academy (MS 322)

On October 20th, the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Center for International Teacher Training brought twenty-five educators from Shenzhen, China, to visit The Renaissance Leadership Academy (MS 322).

The Center for International Teacher Training program immerses educators in American culture and education through graduate level coursework, professional development experiences as well as school visits throughout the New York metropolitan area. MS 322 was pleased to take part.

 

After a brief orientation hosted by a team made up of administrators, student ambassadors and our Children’s Aid Society partners, MS 322 took the visitors on a tour of classrooms and facilities.

 

MS 322 was pleased to hear praise of its well-behaved students and caring educators. The visitors also noted many intriguing differences between schools in Shenzhen and the things they saw in New York’s MS 322. They were impressed by comparatively small class sizes (mentioning numbers as high as 60 in their own experience) as well as the resources available to New York students. They remarked on seeing process charts and student work on display and were impressed by the fact that students supported each other by helping the teacher explain difficult concepts. They also singled out the school’s online gradebook, Jupiter Ed, for its transparency. Administrators also answered many questions about Advance, the new teacher evaluation in New York City.

 

MS 322 was the first New York City school that the group visited. It was great fun for everyone. MS 322 looks forward to cultivating a long and successful relationship with the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Shenzhen Educators Visit The Renaissance Leadership Academy (MS 322)

 

On October 20th, the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Center for International Teacher Training brought twenty-five educators from Shenzhen, China, to visit The Renaissance Leadership Academy (MS 322).

The Center for International Teacher Training program immerses educators in American culture and education through graduate level coursework, professional development experiences as well as school visits throughout the New York metropolitan area. MS 322 was pleased to take part.

 

After a brief orientation hosted by a team made up of administrators, student ambassadors and our Children’s Aid Society partners, MS 322 took the visitors on a tour of classrooms and facilities.

 

MS 322 was pleased to hear praise of its well-behaved students and caring educators. The visitors also noted many intriguing differences between schools in Shenzhen and the things they saw in New York’s MS 322. They were impressed by comparatively small class sizes (mentioning numbers as high as 60 in their own experience) as well as the resources available to New York students. They remarked on seeing process charts and student work on display and were impressed by the fact that students supported each other by helping the teacher explain difficult concepts. They also singled out the school’s online gradebook, Jupiter Ed, for its transparency. Administrators also answered many questions about Advance, the new teacher evaluation in New York City.

 

MS 322 was the first New York City school that the group visited. It was great fun for everyone. MS 322 looks forward to cultivating a long and successful relationship with the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

 

 

Keio University

Comes to…

Middle School 322

East Meets West

On Monday November 3rd, 2014, Middle School 322’s Global Partners Junior program hosted a group of visitors from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. The group of visitors came to present information about their Japanese culture, and in turn learns more about the culture of our school and our program. Our visitors started off by giving a wonderful presentation about where they came from and what they were doing visiting our school. The presenter’s talked about what their goals were in visiting the school and learning more about our program. After they gave the presentation the presenters, along with the students worked on creating origami. MS 322 students also had the opportunity to taste Japanese chocolate treats.  The students were excited to learn how to make origami. After the students finished working with the visitors to create origami, the visitors stayed to watch a session of the Global Partner’s Junior. The students worked on creating flyers to spread environmental awareness.

After viewing a video from Japan produced by our visitors, our students were asked to speak on video about their schooling in the United States which will be shown in reciprocity to students in Japan who our visitors work with.  Our students spoke clearly and from the heart about their education at Middle School 322.

Global Partners Junior is the global awareness program which was founded and conceived by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The program mission is to connect New York City youth to their peers around the world on the internet. Students communicate online using an original curriculum that guides their conversations and activities throughout the school year. Located in the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, NYC Global Partners is a not-for-profit organization.  Schools across the globe have connected with students across the five New York City Boroughs.

Nuevo León Principal’s Visit to The Renaissance Leadership Academy (M.S.322) Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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In Photo: Erica Zigleman, Principal (Left) Followed by Melissa Caballero Aspiring Asisstant principa,l and Lani Macadandang, Aspiring Principal (NYCLA)

On June 18, 2014, The Renaissance Leadership Academy (M.S.322) had the pleasure of hosting 26 principals from Nuevo León Mexico as part of The Center for Technology and School Change at Teacher’s college supports Programa Internacional del Dessarrollo de Líderes de Escuelas Preparatorias (International Program for the Development of High School Leaders). The program engages principals of Nuevo León Mexico in matters relating to educational school leadership and improvement. The main objective of this initiative is for principals to gain a deeper understanding of how their role as school leaders influences change for teaching and learning in their schools. Their work involves designing strategies and plans to support the shifts necessary for improvement in literacy education

Erica Zigleman, The principal of the school along with other members of her staff eagerly welcomed the group. Two students from Mexican families were served as ambassadors and provided the group with a brief introduction of the school. During their visit the principals spent time learning the history of M.S.322 in order to gain a clearer understanding of the school’s mission and the variety of ways the school addresses the challenges in serving a large ELL population . Additionally, a representative from The Children’s Aid Society, the school’s CBO, addressed the group and emphasized the importance of supporting the social-emotion needs of students and during these critical adolescent years. Principals spent the rest of the afternoon visiting classrooms and touring the school in smaller groups.