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A School Grows in Brooklyn - April 2017 Newsletter

An International Baccalaureate World School

April 2017 Newsletter

Clinton Hill Middle 6th graders get a taste of high school IB biology at the "Bio-Rad" Science Enrichment Camp.
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Luyen Chou
Christine Burke
Anne Burns
Elizabeth Varley Camp
Stacey Hightower
Jill Inbar
Pearl Rock Kane
Sam Koch
Kevin Mole
Candice Olson
David Von Spreckelsen

In this issue:

  1. New Gowanus Campus
  2. Taft Champion of Change Award from the Mayor's Office of Disabilities
  3. Teacher Spotlight
  4. NYU Teaching Residency
  5. Join Our Team
  6. Support Us

New Campus For Windsor Terrace Middle

Brooklyn Prospect will break ground for a new facility, Brooklyn Prospect Gowanus Middle School, later this year. When construction is completed, Windsor Terrace Middle School will move from its current co-location with our high school, to this new space expressly designed for our middle school program. The move is anticipated for the fall of 2019.

This announcement comes after months of location searching and our recent signing of the long-term lease at 160 17th Street, in the heart of Gowanus. Undertaken as part of Brooklyn Prospect’s multi-year growth plan, the 7- story, 30,000 square-foot project will include a large Commons, outdoor area, gymnasium, auditorium, and a library. In addition to traditional classrooms, the building will also feature music and art studios, science labs, and specialized reading rooms. 

Please link here to read our press release.

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A Rendering of our future campus at 160 17th Street.


Champions of Change 

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is honored to be named one of four recipients of the 2017 Taft Champion of Change Award from the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Since 2013, Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with JobPath NYC to place an increasing number of workers into a variety of roles, from classrooms to food service, across our school campuses. 

We are proud to be honored for our commitment to building a more inclusive world by advancing employment opportunities for differently abled New Yorkers, and are pleased to serve as a source for meaningful work for our diverse community. This award is given to Brooklyn Prospect in celebration of Developmental Disability Awareness Month by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.


Teacher Spotlight on Wendell Cheung

"Typically, by the time a student reaches my class in the 9th grade, they've come to school with the perception that they're either good or bad at math", says Wendell Cheung, a math teacher. "I begin the year by reminding my students that they don't have to be the best math student in order to be successful in a math course. I use this philosophy to drive my class because I believe in bringing authenticity and genuine content to the classroom."

Wendell Cheung joined Brooklyn Prospect in 2012 and has served as the high school math and science department head for the past several years.

Q: What persuaded you to come to Brooklyn Prospect?
Wendell: I was drawn to the community of collaborative educators as well as diverse students. I studied international education so I'm a firm believer in teaching with a global perspective.

That Dan Rubenstein [Executive Director] was a White House Presidential Awardee in math education was just further proof that the school had had an environment where teachers would be valued. I love having conversations about math content with administrators who also come to the school with incredible teaching backgrounds and shared values.

Q: What makes Brooklyn Prospect special?
Wendell: Brooklyn Prospect finds a balance in allowing students to make mistakes, and helping them to find the tools they need to move forward. It aligns with my mantra of teaching: develop a strong rapport and trust first. This relationship is the number one factor that ultimately encourages students to be successful and motivated.

I also tell my faculty that it's ok to make mistakes. We need to try and experiment, in order to really learn, reflect and ultimately grow. We're here to support teachers throughout various stages of their careers, and to help them perfect their craft. We use class observations, and give constructive and positive feedback to ensure that we are always maximizing student learning. 

Q: What has been your most memorable moment at BPCS?

This year I am teaching high school seniors - the same students whom I taught 5 years ago when I started at Brooklyn Prospect. So to witness my students’ positive progress throughout the past 5 years, and to have my former students coming back to me to talk about college applications or acceptances, has been a very genuine “wow” moment for me.

Click here to teach at Brooklyn Prospect. 


NYU Teaching Residency Partnership

Work with us and earn your teaching degree at the same time! Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with New York University's Steinhardt School of Education to launch the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Link here to find out more. 


Join Our Team 

Brooklyn Prospect is a high-achieving and non-selective, K-12 International Baccalaureate public school in NYC. We provide a world class education to a diverse student body.

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