The Center for School/College Collaboratives
The Center for School/College Collaboratives designs and implements programs, in partnership with Bronx schools, to enrich student learning and ensure student readiness and motivation to graduate high school and enter college. Programs offered by the Center primarily emphasize student outcomes and achievement. These programs encompass: student and teacher enrichment in mathematics, science, and technology; recruitment of middle and high school students for careers in teaching; intensive work with at-risk students to prepare them for educational transitions from middle to high school and from high school to college; pre-service teacher preparation for bilingual students and paraprofessionals; in-service professional development in technology and interdisciplinary teaching; and close working relationships with over twenty Bronx schools.
Programs focus on working intensively with students and teachers from particular schools and on building pipelines for students since these efforts have been shown to have greater potential for success than programs that draw students from a wide range of schools.
The Center subscribes to several Principles of Collaboration: all partners are equal; planning and implementation involve school administrators/teachers/staff/students/parents; broadening student/teacher contact in informal, hands-on, project-based settings; activating parent and family involvement; focusing on integration of student learning experiences; developing a plan of action; establishing linkages among projects; and encouraging high school students to qualify for, and take, college credit courses while still in high school.
The Center also houses Lehman's well-regarded, CUNY-sponsored College Now Program. The goal of the program is to insure that all students meet and exceed the performance standards required for high school graduation and that all those who wish to pursue postsecondary study are prepared to do so. Lehman has had a version of College Now or Bridge to College since 1985, when qualified students involved in the College's various funded programs were invited to enroll in college-credit courses. The College Now eleventh- and twelfth-grade program offers a variety of college-credit courses depending on student interest and ability. These include courses in psychology, studio art and art history, calculus and pre-calculus, education, biology, English, history, computer science, economics, geology, philosophy, speech, and sociology.
Funding for Center programs has been provided by the New York City Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, National Aeronautics and Space Agency, New York State Education Department, the City University of New York, Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, Aaron Diamond Foundation, and others.
Last modified: 3/11/2015