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Case Study

Breakthrough for learning

Brooklyn School District 19 — New York, USA

The newspaper headline said it all, “Breakthrough for Learning seeks to transform troubled New York City school districts into high-performing educational enterprises.” The goal of the BFL project was to improve learning outcomes for students in Brooklyn’s working-class District 19. Calgary Academy’s undertaking included far-reaching professional development projects for two schools: one elementary and one junior high. Despite a challenging urban environment that saw a 40-50% turnover rate of principals every year, we were able to implement our “Train the trainer program” and collaborated with school principals so leadership was aligned with our change plan. The Brooklyn project accomplished breakthroughs in two areas: Survey feedback on the teacher training program was overwhelmingly positive in terms of how we helped teachers become more effective; We were also recognized for demonstrating to the teaching union that their members needed better compensation for their work.

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