New room opens at South Shore for student and community  
involvement.  With the goal of increasing both student and community engagemen t, Brooklyn Generation School (BGS) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 24th to open the new Community  Room! BGS celebrated with the range of people who have supported the school over time, such as representatives from the DOE, Community and Renewal Schools, Urban Arts Partners, parents, Generation Schools Board Members, City Council Members and a State Senator. They showed attendees a new video that catches up with BGS students post-graduation.
The space will be used as a "o ne stop shop for students and families, offering wrap around services that go beyond how traditional schools engage their constituents by connecting them with outside resources and making op portunities available for the larger Canarsie community," says the school's principal, Lydia Colon Bomani. It is located on the 4th floor wing dedicated to BGS at the South Shore Educational Complex. To mark the occasion, the school presented certificates and keys to the local Councilman, Borough President's office, and the State Senator. 
According to Jonathan Speer, GSN Co-founder, "GSN and BGS have been working towards this vision for a long time. We are deeply pleased that the school will provide a broader range of supports for

students and families, he
lping them address the challenges they face, and achieve educational success and prosperity." Being part of the Community School movement in NYC  will also facilitate the opening of a larger community space and clinic offering a host of services to the entire student population at South Shore and is scheduled to be completed in August of 2016. 


Welcome McClave, Kim, and Walsh School Districts! The Colorado Rural Education Collaborative continues to gain momentum! Walsh School District , home of the mighty Eagles, joined the Collaborative this week, bringing us to 30 districts! You may recall the southeastern town of Walsh as the one that  saved its grocery store . We're excited to have another great community on board with the Collaborative. !n addition, we welcomed   McClave School District  and   Kim School District t o the Collaborative last week. For more on the Collaborative and the 29 member districts, visit this page.


New team members will expand the work of GSN. 
We are very excited to welcome two new very talented VISTAs to the NY office! Isabelle King was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Communications in 2015. She is currently a public health intern at a women's medical center in Jerusalem. She will start her VISTA role at GSN in July, which will consist of curriculum support for College & Career
Readiness and using Expanded Learning Time to meet the social/emotional needs of students and remove educational barriers. 

Saleah Blancaflor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University in 2014. This will be Saleah's second  year of VISTA service after a year of service as a Food Programs Coordinator VISTA with the New York State Afterschool Network. She will start her VISTA role with GSN on May 2nd, focused on student                  recruitment for BGS and event planning.


Three school districts gain support for turnaround efforts. Through a partnership between GSN, Colorado State University-Global Campus and Battelle for Kids, school leaders in the Huerfano, Aguilar, and Ignacio school districts are beginning a school turnaround leader program this month. Coaches from GSN will include Jon Reinhard, Kate Lister, and Christina Larson. The first course, "Strategic Turnaround Leadership" begins in late April and runs through mid June. Participants will focus on an inventory of their leadership teams and preparing for their first "Big Win
" in the fall of 2016. Last week, the coaches from GSN met for a two-day workshop to launch the work and are looking forward to the retreat with the school leaders in June in Colorado Springs. Participants will receive a graduate certificate in School Turnaround Leadership from CSU-Global that can also be applied toward leadership licensing options.


Three veteran teachers from Brooklyn Generation School - Eric Baker, Neil Garguilo, and Oksana Resnikova - will  be presenting professional development at Share Fair Nation on May 21st in Wa shington, D.C.  
Their presentation will feature the use of Socratic Seminars to support learning, especially in the context of teaching math standards. Share Fair Nation Executive 
Director, Teresa Coons recently visited BGS and seeing the teachers in action, asked to them to share their classroom practices with at the upcoming Share Fair coming to DC at the request of KIPP. 
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