Uncommon Schools believes that every child deserves an outstanding education, and we are committed to working beyond the walls of our schools to achieve that goal. President Julie Jackson and CEO Brett Peiser recently contributed an opinion piece to New York Daily News outlining their top five recommendations to Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, who has pledged to “reimagine education.”
Here are Uncommon’s recommendations:
- Continue teaching grade-level content with a just-in-time approach to address gaps in learning, including expanding access to Advanced Placement courses in high school
- Hire more teachers of color
- Create a dual-leadership model, where principals can focus specifically on instruction and directors of operations can focus on school operations
- Expand and strengthen alumni support through college
- Strengthen charter-district partnerships that support all teachers and students
These recommendations draw from Uncommon’s experiences preparing and empowering students from low-income communities to graduate from college, and from the network’s unique vantage point within the New York City public-school landscape.