Affinity Partners

The Consortium

The New York Performance Standards Consortium, known as the Consortium works with 36 public NYC high schools as well as 2 upstate schools. With the support of the NYS Board of Regents, the Consortium has developed an educational assessment option that permits schools to engage students in rich Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) as an alternative to 4 of the 5 State Regents exams. More information is available at http:/


The CUNY Affinity Group supports a cadre of NYC public schools that share a commitment to preparing all students for success in college and/or their chosen career path. The CUNY Affinity Group fosters teacher and leader growth through convening educators from across the group to learn from and with one another. The CUNY Affinity Group offers individualized and responsive services to meet the diverse needs of each school, including leadership development, instructional coaching, curriculum development support, and access to CUNY collaborative programs and initiatives.

Internationals Network for Public Schools

Internationals Network for Public Schools supports a network of high schools that provide high-quality education for recently- arrived immigrants who are English language learners (ELLs) and have been in the country for four years or less at the time of admission. Internationals provides a variety of direct supports to school leaders, teachers, and other staff, including leadership development, professional development, customized instructional and leadership coaching, curriculum and resources, social- emotional learning support, and college access and retention support. INPS's supports align with its five core principles: (1) heterogeneity and collaboration, (2) experiential learning, (3) language and content integration, (4) localized autonomy and responsibility, and (5) one learning model for all.

New Visions for Public Schools

New Visions' work is organized around an overarching goal of ensuring that every student graduates from high school ready for postsecondary opportunities. New Visions works directly with school leaders and their teams as they design administrative and instructional systems that are responsive to the needs of diverse communities. This work includes technical support, tool development, and development of curriculum and aligned professional development in Regents courses—including Global History, US History, Living Environment, Earth Science, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. New Visions works extensively to develop and support the use of a suite of real-time data tracking tools around student achievement and attendance data.

NYC Outward Bound Schools

NYC Outward Bound Schools transforms schools and changes lives by bringing our educational approach to NYC’s young people and their public schools, with a focus on students from educationally underserved communities. Our educational approach joins together demanding and engaging learning, community, and character in ways that lead to high achievement for all. We operate a citywide network of public schools in partnership with the NYC DOE that fully embody our educational approach. Our Network Schools use the national EL Education model, which is rooted in Outward Bound, and feature intensive supports around college access and preparation, as well as leadership and character-building programming for students. We also bring our approach and our most effective and replicable practices to a growing number of public schools outside of our network through our Adventure & Team Building programs and our Select Strategies professional learning services.

The Urban Assembly

The Urban Assembly’s school support model emphasizes a postsecondary readiness continuum, including social-emotional learning, academic rigor, and postsecondary planning and access. The Urban Assembly supports principals as instructional leaders through a long-held practice of instructional rounds, in which colleagues support each other in defining and addressing problems of practice. To ensure students are accepted and able to matriculate into the college of their choice, each high school has a full-time college counselor who is supported by the Urban Assembly College Readiness Team. Urban Assembly schools are offered a menu of programs in which they can participate, including monthly workshops, data tools, curriculum materials, and on-site coaching.