In the News / Accolades

West Side Collaborative students were interviewed by Mastery Collaborative to better understand the impact of culturally responsive education.

The student voices featured in the article linked below demonstrate the effectiveness of using culturally responsive education along with mastery-based learning.  Culturally responsible education asks us to actively welcome young people's identities, experiences and interests into school, and to empower learners socially and academically:

West Side Collaborative teachers and students have been featured on a number of WNYC radio segments on testing. 

Listen to a discussion of our school's innovative philosophy toward assessment and our collaborative work with Teaching Matters:

Listen to our students voices in “Being 12: People Think I’m Supposed to Talk Ghetto, Whatever That Means”:

Learn how teachers relate discussions of national events to our core curriculum in “Bringing Baltimore to the Classroom”:

Discover how teachers and students are impacted by race relations in ”On Talking Race to Young Teens, Teachers Say It’s Been a Tough Year”:

West Side Collaborative receives a 2013 Blackboard Award for Rising Star and is featured in this New York Family magazine article.   (WSC is the listed at the bottom - scroll down to view)

West Side Collaborative's iZone 360 innovations featured.   Personal Learning Modules (PLMs) and Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) are featured in the Gotham Gazette's April 2013 article A Signature Bloomberg-Era Education Innovation Is At A Crossroads.   

New York City School Chancellor Dennis Walcott visited WSC for Digital Citizenship Day.  The day featured WSCs digital literacy curriculum, developed with our partner Common Sense Media, a national organization that helps families and children understand the world of media and technology.  Please view media coverage of the event by clicking one of these links: 

West Side Collaborative was awarded the the first annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation in July 2011, a $15,000 prize recognizing WSC's online collaborative community, which fosters the staff's ability to differentiate instruction for students, share resources and lessons and guide students toward independence and self-directed learning.  

West Side Collaborative receives another "A" on our School Progress Report
For the fourth year in a row, West Side Collaborative has been recognized as a school whose students, parents and staff work together to create one of the most successful middle school learning communities in the City. This rating is based on high scores in the areas of school environment, student achievement and student progress.  

Brian Wise explores the education arm of the New York City Opera...
"...The rehearsal is taking place at West Side Collaborative (WSC)....the students have fashioned a script set in modern-day, bilingual Miami..."     Read Full Article from BBC Music Magazine, Feb. 2010

Teach with O'Keefe: West Side Collaborative
For Teach with O’Keefe, the Whitney partnered with West Side Collaborative School, working the teachers and sixth and seventh grade students in the Art, English, and Science Departments. Before the conference began, we held multi-part programs with West Side Collaborative, both in the classroom at the Museum. Our partnership with the Whitney has continued over the years.

NYC School Wins Second Prize in Youth Video Competition
7th and 8th Graders from West Side Collaborative Middle School, in New York City, attended the Urban Visionaries' Video Slam as part of the Adobe Youth Voices and submitted their 3 minute clip for their piece, "Weight of the World."