Educational Institutions

New Visions for Public Schools, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.newvisions.org

Mission Statement

New Visions for Public Schools, founded in 1989, is the largest education reform organization dedicated to improving the quality of education children receive in New York City's public schools. Based on a nearly 20-year track record, we have been chosen to provide intensive support to 76 public schools across the city, serving over 35,000 students in total. Our mission is simple: help each of our schools raise the bar for themselves and their students, so that students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and careers.

Main Programs

  1. Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model (SAM)
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

We currently serve 80 public schools throughout all five boroughs of New York City.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer

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Mr. Robert L. Hughes

Keywords

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educational reform, small schools, charter schools, college and career readiness, college readiness, teacher preparation, teacher training, professional development for teachers, principals, schools

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EIN

13-3538961

 Number

0992175175

Physical Address

320 W 13th St. Sixth Floor

New York, 10014

Also Known As

New Visions

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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New Visions has created 134 new schools in New York City, mobilizing thousands of educators and over 200 community groups to give our children the education they deserve. Our school creation process was adopted by the New York City Department of Education and, to date, has resulted in the creation of 150 additional schools.

 

To ensure that these and other schools have the leaders they need to thrive, New Visions worked with Baruch College create SAM, a unique certification program designed to produce principals who base every decision they make on the learning needs of students. By 2012, we will have certified 180 new principals through SAM. The model has been adopted in Boston and Oakland as well.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model (SAM)

SAM (short for the Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model) creates teams of teachers to learn about and lead improvement efforts in their own schools. They do this, at first, by studying a small group of struggling students and experimenting with strategies to boost their achievement. Gradually, the teams expand their focus and study the systems in their schools that allow failure to continue. Throughout their hands-on study of school reform, SAM participants take courses through Baruch College and are ultimately certified as principals, ready to step into formal leadership roles in their own or another school.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$18,460,949.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

We currently serve 80 public schools throughout all five boroughs of New York City.

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Financials

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NEW VISIONS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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New Visions for Public Schools, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Robert L. Hughes

BIO

Robert Hughes was appointed President and CEO of New Visions in September 2000. Mr. Hughes, a prominent lawyer, has had a long association with New York City public education. He served as co-counsel in the nationally watched The Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. The State of New York, challenging the equity of New York State's educational finance system. The case lasted seven months and successfully challenged the inequity of New York State's allocation of public school educational resources.

Prior to joining the Campaign for Fiscal Equity in 1993, Mr. Hughes served as Deputy Director for Advocates for Children, a leading not-for-profit agency, long active in protecting New York City's children's right to a public education.

Mr. Hughes received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Stanford Law School. He has authored articles on public education for publications of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, The Yale Journal of Law and Policy and the Connecticut Law Review. He serves as Chairperson, Committee on Education and the Law, Association of the Bar of City of New York.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"For two decades, New Visions for Public Schools has led education reform efforts in New York City, creating new schools and developing fresh approaches to help students succeed. We have not only worked to understand the needs of individual students, but also piloted efforts to apply these lessons to entire classrooms and schools.

When our school system was mired in failure, with graduation rates of only 30% in some neighborhoods, we took on the challenge of creating schools that proved that urban public high schools could be models of excellence. We created 90 schools and developed the process that has enabled the Department of Education to create hundreds more. More important, our schools proved that success was possible by substantially exceeding the city’s graduation rate and narrowing the achievement gap that had plagued New York City for generations.

Last year, in a reorganization by the Department of Education, New Visions took on a new role in the system: assuming responsibility for 75 schools and more than 34,000 students. We also took on an even more daunting challenge: ensuring that our students graduate high school with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and compete in our global economy. We are committed to graduating at least 80% of our students prepared for college and career by 2013.

We have proven that we can effect profound change among students, teachers, leaders, and schools. Our task now is to take what we know works for individual schools and apply it to our network and beyond.

 

Richard Beattie, Chairman

Robert Hughes, President"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard I. Beattie Esq.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Term: 1990 -

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