Center for the Improvement of Education
The Center for the Improvement of Education establishes and supports community partnerships for mutual professional and institutional renewal that are aimed at helping every child succeed. 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 as well as reflection and research. Where it is needed and can prove helpful, our intent is to renew and revitalize our institutions so they can better meet the changing needs of our communities as well as the demands of federal and state mandates.
The CIE is committed to forging relationships between Queens College, other campuses of the City University of New York, other colleges in New York City, schools, organizations, businesses, agencies, and other institutions so as to establish partnerships that can help improve the quality of educator, counselor, and leader preparation as well as professional development. Through such collaborations, we hope to mutually renew institutions in ways that help them achieve high standards of teaching and learning and ensure that children get the help they need. A 40-year history of enduring partnerships with local schools forms the foundation of the Center for the Improvement of Education. Our past partnerships with Louis Armstrong Middle School and present ones with Queens College School of Math, Science and Technology, Queens School of Inquiry,Townsend Harris High School and CSD 24 are examples of the way collaboration can promote innovative ways to ensure students’ success and improve their 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;make a positive impact on professional practice and the successful performance of students; and plan for ongoing transformation and success.