The Urban Assembly Academics and Leadership Team develops schools’ leadership and academic capacity with measurable impact on adult learning and student outcomes for long-term success. The team helps schools build high-quality, relevant curriculum that engages students and prepares them to be able to engage in rigorous college-level work. Through this program, school principals and assistant principals receive leadership coaching to refine and help improve their management skills.
There are four programs under the Leadership portion of this program:
Principals’ Community and Assistant Principals’ Community: Effective leadership is at the core of the UA’s success, and having a strong and tight-knit community of principals and assistant principals is the most effective method through which way to build this leadership. The success of these professional learning communities bolsters the collaboration between the UA and the schools we support. In these communities, school leaders convene to devise effective and efficient ways to address challenges that emerge both within and across the family of UA schools. Through Instructional Rounds, principals and assistant principals have the opportunity to complete intervisitations, observing, analyzing and developing practical solutions to specific problems of practice.
Leadership Coaching: The UA provides consistent, targeted coaching to principals and assistant principals as they develop leadership goals and management skills. The collaboration between the UA team and the schools’ leadership helps identify and develop best practices that leadership and teaching staff can implement to increase student outcomes.
Data Exploration Coaching (DEXPRO): The Urban Assembly Data Exploration Coaching program combines DEXPRO, a suite of protocols and data-dives, and strategic leadership coaching to improve student outcomes. Through this program, schools address credit accumulation issues, explore trends, prepare students for the Regents, and monitor progress with learning targets.
There are four programs under the Academics portion of this program:
Algebra Success: The Algebra Success program was designed to increase 9th grade students’ class pass rate, algebra Regents rate and college-ready rate by addressing issues of discourse in their classroom, and by prioritizing students’ needs.
Leading Literacy: The Leading Literacy program focuses on developing, codifying and sharing effective and research-based literacy practices to high school teachers. The program also curates leadership development trainings and workshops to support teachers, and in turn improve students’ ELA outcomes.
Start Smart - Effective Literacy Interventions to Support 9th Grade Student Success: The Urban Assembly Start Smart program addresses the academic performance of 9th graders through targeted literacy interventions that are data-driven and research-based. Participating 9th grade team leaders will guide their teams to identify academically at-risk students, and will determine and implement interventions best-suited to address students’ needs. Team leaders will also track progress and make the adjustments based on the analyzed progress trends.
Middle School Math Support: The UA Middle School Math Support program combines access to robust curricular activities, a professional learning community, and strategic coaching to provide teachers with proven curricular resources that can be used to increase students’ middle school math scores.