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District and Charter Educators Throughout New York City are Eligible to Participate in New Program Designed to Raise Achievement in NYC Schools.

May 8, 2013 (New York) —

Coro New York Leadership Center and NYC Collaborates today announced the launch of the Education Leadership Collaborative, a yearlong, part-time program for 20 New York City public school educators who want to become stronger leaders and more effectively drive change in their schools. This is the seventh Coro program in New York City and the first dedicated to increasing leadership in the city’s schools. Participants will gain the skills, knowledge and networks necessary to increase student achievement and improve public education in New York City.

“Coro’s Education Leadership Collaborative offers something that you can’t find in any other leadership program for educators. We are thrilled to begin this work with NYC Collaborates in New York City’s district and charter schools,” said Scott Millstein, Executive Director of Coro New York. "This program is giving future leaders the opportunity to collaborate with their peers outside of the classroom and drive change in complex environments.”

The Education Leadership Collaborative emphasizes peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and the exchange of ideas in a way that will enable participants to achieve greater results on behalf of the students and school communities they serve. Each participant will have a “School Change Project” – a defined project and goal that they will work to implement over the course of the program.

“New York City’s public schools are filled with committed and talented educators – whether they are in district or charter schools. The Education Leadership Collaborative creates a forum for these future leaders to share ideas about how to implement change and take these ideas back to their own schools,” said Christina Brown, Acting Director of NYC Collaborates. “This new partnership with Coro is another way in which NYC Collaborates is working to bring New York City’s District-Charter Compact to life.”

The Education Leadership Collaborative is a crucial element of NYC Collaborates work to support New York City’s District-Charter Compact, a national initiative to highlight new ways that traditional public schools and public charter schools are working together to provide a high-quality education for all students. Through this program, New York City will not only be able to deepen the city’s leadership pipeline, but also support increased collaboration between exceptionally driven and talented educators from all types of public schools.

"Coro attracts talented people who care about New York City and brings them together to learn how to make it better. I have known and worked with many members of the Coro community over the years, and I have seen them use their Coro training to grow their leadership abilities and positively impact our city," said New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.

The program will not only increase leadership in New York schools, but also establish a learning community that will provide participants with peer mentorships, strategy sessions with experts in the field and one-on-one guidance for the development of their School Change Projects.

The Education Leadership Collaborative has begun accepting applications and will continue to do so through June 17th, 2013. Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience working in New York City public schools, be active in leadership roles that are geared towards improving student outcomes, and have a concrete School Change Project that can be further developed throughout the duration of the program. The participants should also secure the support of their principal or direct supervisor, as some program components take place during school hours. To learn more and apply, visit


About Coro New York Leadership Center
Coro is New York City’s premier civic leadership training program and a community of 2,000 alumni across business, government, schools and non-profits that is shaping the city’s future. For nearly 30 years Coro has used the city as its classroom teaching students and executives, activists and entrepreneurs how New York City works so that they can make it better.

About NYC Collaborates
NYC Collaborates creates opportunities for educators from all types of public schools to come together to share information and collaborate to improve student achievement. We believe that public schools – whether district or charter – have a collective and mutual obligation to ensure that all students in the City graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college, work and life. Spearheaded by the New York City Charter School Center and NYC Department of Education, NYC Collaborates is funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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