ESI Updates

  • ESI Update – Week of June 9

    ESI Update Week of June 9     Principals and ESI Team Members, A couple weeks ago the country and the world lost a poet, singer, writer, playwright, director and civil rights activists when Maya Angelou died. We the ESI Team and the ESI community mourn her loss. Ms. Angelou famously said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She also encouraged us to, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” As we come to the end of the 2nd year of Read More >

  • ESI Update – DOUBLE ISSUE Weeks of May 19 and May 26

          ESI Update DOUBLE ISSUE! Weeks of May 12 and May 26     Principals and ESI Team Members, The Expanded Success Initiative is focused on increasing the number of Black and Latino young men who graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and pursue positive and productive career pathways. Through ESI, starting in 9th grade, our young men have been exposed to colleges and university as a result of the many college fairs and visits to college campuses. This enables the young men to see themselves in a lecture hall and on a college campus Read More >

  • ESI Update – Week of May 12

        ESI Update Week of May 12     Principals and ESI Team Members, This week marks 60 years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. In classrooms across the city and the country, educators are engaging our students to commemorate that defining moment in our nation’s history–to honor the struggle that led to that historic decision and the struggle for equal access to high quality education for all students that continues three generations later. There is no shortage of sobering statistics that speak to the continuing struggle and the long Read More >

  • Reminder: Nominate a Great Dad for the NYC Dads Matter Awards by May 16

    View this email in your browser     The NYC Dads Matter Awards ESI Community and Friends: Do you know a great dad who resides in the five boroughs who has overcome challenges to play a positive and powerful role in the life of his child and community? This June, the Mayor’s Citywide Fatherhood Initiative will present the Fourth Annual NYC Dads Matter Awards. The event will recognize 10 fathers from across the City who overcame the odds to become positive and consistent forces in the lives of their children. Nominate an outstanding dad today! This person can be part of our ESI Read More >

  • ESI Update – Week of May 5

        ESI Update Week of May 5     Principals and ESI Team Members, This week, ESI hosted a Young Men’s Gathering at MISTHarlem to view the documentary The Central Park Five. Approximately 170 students from 12 schools participated. After the screening, the young men gathered to discuss the issues it raised–perceptions about youth and race, systemic racism and bias–as well as to think about what can be done to address some of those problems. The event was an opportunity for young men from ESI schools to gather and build community but also to learn from one another. As we Read More >

  • NYC Dads Matter Awards presented by the NYC Fatherhood Initiative

      View this email in your browser     The NYC Dads Matter Awards ESI Community and Friends: Do you know a great dad who resides in the five boroughs who has overcome challenges to play a positive and powerful role in the life of his child and community? This June, the Mayor’s Citywide Fatherhood Initiative will present the Fourth Annual NYC Dads Matter Awards. The event will recognize 10 fathers from across the City who overcame the odds to become positive and consistent forces in the lives of their children. Nominate an outstanding dad today! This person can be part of our Read More >

  • ESI Update – Week of April 28

          ESI Update Week of April 28     Principals and ESI Team Members, During the recent Spring Break, the ESI Team attended and presented at two national conferences–the National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC) and the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC). At the NCBEC convention in New Orleans, Paul Forbes, Director of ESI, and Natalie Ferrell, ESI School Design Fellow, presented on ESI and the new school design model. That presentation was given again in Jackson, Mississippi at the COSEBOC gathering where Paul was joined by ESI School Design Fellows Darius Mensah and Paul Perry. During the Read More >

  • ESI Update – Week of April 7

      ESI Update Week of April 7     Principals and ESI Team Members, This week, Research Alliance released “Promising Opportunities for Black and Latino Young Men: Findings from the Early Implementation of the Expanded Success Initiative.” The report examines challenges schools experienced during Year 1 of the Initiative, as well as changes in school practice that hold promise for reaching ESI’s goals. Once again we thank schools for opening their doors to work with Research Alliance and their research team as we all, as a community, continue to investigate, strategize, and implement what we are learning. Please note, the ESI Update will not be published while Read More >

  • ESI Save the Date – ESI Symposium June 12th

    View this email in your browser     Save The Date Join us on June 12th for the 3rd Annual ESI Symposium! Where: Brooklyn Law School Subotnik Center – 10th Floor 250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 Doors open at 3:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served. More details to come!  

  • ESI Update – Week of March 31

    ESI Update Week of March 31   Principals and ESI Team Members, Recently, administrators from ESI schools participated in panel discussions around improving outcomes for Black and Latino young men and the academic programming that will help ensure that they graduate college and career ready. At Expanding the Success of Black and Latino Young Men, a panel discussion held by the CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Hunter College, Shawn Dove (Campaign for Black Male Achievement – Open Society Foundations), Adriana Villavicencio (from ESI’s external evaluator, Research Alliance) and Michael Prayor (ESI principal at Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology) spoke to Read More >

  • ESI Update – Week of March 24th

        ESI Update Week of March 24   Principals and ESI Team Members, We continue to see exciting strategies being implemented across ESI schools. Last week Urban Assembly for Careers in Sports and Science Genius were in the news. (Click here to see the news video on Urban Assembly and Science Genius.) Science Genius is an exciting program that infuses hip hop, which is part of the culture of many of our ESI young men, into science classes. This year, ESI partnered with the creators behind the program, Dr. Chris Emdin, Professor at Teachers College, and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. Science Genius is the Read More >