A Conversation on Alternative Accountability

Transfer schools fill a critical gap in the public education system, yet are penalized by accountability metrics that fail to capture their unique functions and successes. Hear from researchers, students, policymakers, and educators featured on our December 3rd panel on the CUNY Graduate Center report And Still They Rise.

Standing with Transfer Schools

Learning to Work (LTW), one of the most successful programs for re-engaging high schoolers who have dropped out or fallen behind, is being threatened. Projected cuts to the program, which funds many of the services that make transfer schools the uniquely supportive, would be devastating for transfer schools across the city and the students they serve. Join us in protesting these short-sighted cuts!

Black Lives Matter

Eskolta stands with communities of color and with Black Lives Matter activists and protesters. We also recognize the role we play in what we are seeing in the world today. Over the life of this organization, we have not done enough to dismantle white supremacy. Through internal work over the past few years, we have come to see the ways our approach must change.

Here’s what we are doing.

Responding to Changing Needs During the COVID-19 Crisis

In response to school closures in NYC and other emergency measures being taken at the city, state, and national level to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Eskolta is taking the steps to protect our collective health and support the educators we work with as they are asked to adapt to online learning in the coming weeks and months.

The Eskolta Learning Center is Live!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Eskolta Learning Center, a free toolkit for educators leading professional development with a focus on reengaging students.

Announcing the Eskolta Network!

The Eskolta Network is a community designed to connect educators in the shared challenge of transforming learning for students who have struggled and fallen behind. It is an effort by committed educators to serve students who have been under-served by our system.

Four Insights on How to Make Lesson Study Work at Your School

Teaching doesn’t have to be a lonely act. In fact, multiple studies have found that collaborative teaching actually improves student success and leads to a stronger school culture. For East Brooklyn Community High School (EBCHS), a transfer school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, adopting lesson study proved transformational.

We help schools reinvent themselves

Using our EDUCATE methodology, we work alongside educators to strategically research and reimagine the systems in their schools, then carefully design, prototype, and expand them to reach more students.

We help schools turn around the dropout problem

We focus on supporting students who have struggled in urban public schools in the past. Every child deserves a quality education and these students are most at risk of dropping out and missing out on their potential.

We help schools redefine learning

The best educators know that learning will always be more than what appears on standardized tests. Together we are creating new metrics and new ways to support not only college and career readiness but also character, community, and compassion in our students.

We help schools make sense of data

A wealth of information is available to schools, but if not understood, it is useless. Through our research and analysis, we work with educators to make sense of data and turn it into thoughtful guidance to inform change.

Who We Are

Eskolta School Research and Design works with educators to create a more equitable society by fostering a culture of compassion, respect, and high expectations in public schools, so students who were once left behind can thrive.
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What We Do

Founded in 2010, Eskolta has engaged in over 100 projects in which we work alongside educators in public schools to research, develop, implement, and codify effective practices for innovatively engaging adolescents in school and preparing them for meaningful careers, college success, community involvement, and engaged citizenship.
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Who We Work With

Eskolta School Research & Design works with public schools, school districts, and nonprofits pioneering innovative work with the at-risk adolescent population in New York City and beyond. Since 2010, we have worked with over 1,000 educators to develop practices that have improved learning for more than 13,000 students.
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