The Center for the Improvement of Education establishes and supports community partnerships for mutual professional and institutional renewal that guarantee every child succeeds. We know that learning communities within schools, classrooms and broader social contexts support the development of student and teacher success, and we have come to understand that schools, universities, and communities can more frequently create the conditions in which children learn and flourish personally, intellectually, and socially through collaboration. Thus, we value the creation of responsive and inventive partnerships that engage our local schools in continuous creative problem solving, reflection and research; and renew and re-invent our institutions to meet the changing needs of our communities as well as the demands of federal and state mandates.
The CIE is committed to forging relationships among Queens College, other campuses of the City University of New York and colleges in New York City, schools, organizations, businesses, agencies, and other institutions to establish partnerships that improve the quality of educator, counselor, and leader preparation and professional development; mutually renew institutions to achieve high standards of teaching and learning; and ensure that every child succeeds. A 40-year history of enduring partnerships with local schools forms the foundation for the Center for the Improvement of Education. Our partnerships with Louis Armstrong Middle School; Queens College School of Math, Science and Technology; Queens School of Inquiry and Townsend Harris High School are exemplars of the way collaboration can promote innovative ways to ensure students’ success and access to a college education.
Creating and sustaining these partnerships requires opportunities for community members across institutions to explore possibilities for linking resources and expertise; develop expertise within professional practice; creatively solve problems, both pedagogical and administrative; provide evidence of mutual renewal and the impact on professional practice and the success of all students; and plan for ongoing transformation and success.