CEI’s Chief Technology Officer Philip Heimes guest blogs for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation on how students can use data to become “Data-Driven Learners.” Featured in the blog is the work of Meliza Gonzalez, a 7th grader at Tech International Charter School who uses her “e-portfolio” to make critical educational decisions, including which NYC high school is right for her.
Over 74 of our 2015 graduates were accepted into specialized high schools, 15 students will be going to parochial school next year, and 7 will be attending private high schools. But most of all — all will be attending high school in the fall!Learn More
Icahn Charter School is the second highest achieving charter network in New York City, but you’d never know it. Next to the highly publicized Success Academy, Icahn is quietly registering extraordinary test results and helping to change one of the poorest parts of America.
Watch Reason.com‘s interview with Jeff Lit, Icahn Charter School’s Superintendent, to understand how a school with an “atmosphere of unconditional love” has thousands of families vying for admission.Watch the Video
This year the CEI STEM Initiative has 30 schools (K-5, K-8, 6-8 and HS cohorts) led by CEI’s Director of Science and STEM, Roy Harris. Teachers in the cohorts attend monthly STEM Meetings at various sites, share STEM ideas teachers have done in their schools, present integrated lesson plan ideas, discuss monthly topics such as: literacy and science and STEM, ELL’s and STEM, Math and STEM and much more.Learn More
CEI’s has partnered with NYU’s Metro Learning Communities since 2007 to develop Professional Learning Communities (PLC) in our schools. Learn more by watching From Closed Door to Collaboration: Using Professional Learning Communities for School Improvement, which premiered at the National Charter Schools Conference in 2012.Watch The Video
CEI’s Yazmin Torres was featured on Univision’s Un Cafecito de Educación con Lucía Burga to talk about quality bilingual education programs. “It is important for our children to be bilingual because that is going to provide not only more jobs, but also success in life,” states Yazmin. Watch the interview in Spanish to hear Yazmin discuss the two types of bilingual programs: transitional and dual.Watch the Video
The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) is a nonprofit education organization located in New York City. A recognized leader in advancing meaningful reforms in public education, CEI’s mission is to make the school the center and driving force of public education reform and innovation. We work directly with teachers, school leaders, and the community to create the schools their children need to succeed. Our vision is to help build a public education system where every child has access to an excellent school. To that end, we provide support services and programs for public schools as well as online communications to inform the general public about what is going on in our public schools and how we can all help build excellence in public education.
CEI carries forward the history of two respected public education organizations that merged in 2000: the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) and the Public Education Association (PEA). CEI was first established in 1989 as a component of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and aimed to transform public education by shifting accountability from bureaucracies to schools as a means of creating public school choice for communities. The Public Education Association (PEA) was founded in 1895 and for over 100 years worked for systemic and sustainable reform of the city’s public school system. For 15 years, the organization used both names together and was known as the “Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association” (CEI-PEA). While today the name is shortened to just CEI, we maintain the ideals and mission of both organizations.
“Children don’t attend a public educational system, they go to school. That is why the school must be the center of change”
– Sy Fliegel, CEI President & Gilder Senior Fellow
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