Career Ladder Animation

In The Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education, the author, Allan Odden states that an approach to retaining and managing those A+ teachers adopted by PICCS is to encourage schools to create opportunities for effective teachers to advance in their career via a career ladder that includes advancement opportunities, increased responsibilities and compensation based on performance.
Above is an informational animation created to help explain the concept of career ladders to school stakeholders interested in learning more about this alternative compensation and promotion system!

Reflections: Deeper Learning Summer Leadership Academy

This past summer, PICCS hosted its annual Summer Leadership Academy (SLA) on July 27th and 28th. School and Teacher leaders met to collaborate and re-focus the deeper learning lens in their charter schools.

PICCS Consultants and staff were also in attendance, allowing participants to collaborate with their PICCS peers on an inter-school level. Each school’s “Deeper Learning Task Force” was able to create a draft of a school’s Deeper Learning Action Plan over the course of the two days, which mapped out year-long goals and kickstarted the beginning of the new school year!

 PICCS Teacher Evaluation Animation


A school’s teacher evaluation system should be fully transparent and logical from every staff member’s perspective. Each and every teacher should know exactly what he or she has to do in order to exhibit their effectiveness and, in turn, earn a performance-based salary increase and ascend a career ladder.

But the details of an evaluation system can be overwhelming and, even worse, they can feel like a distraction from the real work of teaching and learning. What we’d like you to see upon viewing this video is that your school’s evaluation system is not as complicated as it seems!

Google Forms and Technology at Tech International


 At Tech International in the Bronx, technology use in the classroom is a component for all teachers and students regularly have access to laptops, iPads, and a separate technology lab. Jasmine White, an 8th grade Social Studies teacher, started using Google Forms in her class to provide unique lessons using technology and also to allow for quick data recovery in order to alter and impact her instruction.

 BlogTalk Radio Interview with Marjorie Heymann

Majorie Heymann

Dr. Marjorie Heymann, a long time friend of CEI and consultant since 2009, will be on BlogTalk Radio to discuss Improving the Communication Skills of Medical Professionals on March 31st at 3:00pm.

Blogging with The Charter Notebook

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Charter Notebook blogger and New Dawn Principal, Lisa DiGaudio, sits down with PICCS Presents to discuss what inspires her to write and why she believes the open forum is important, especially to independent charter schools.

3D Printing at Bronx Charter School for Excellence

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Bronx Charter School for Excellence recently introduced an exciting new curriculum where students are able to learn prototyping and design while building their very own 3D models!

Senior Service Projects at Academy Charter School

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Academy charter School in New Jersey offers a Senior Service Class where high school seniors facilitate their own volunteer project for an organization of their choice.

2nd Annual College Fair at AUL

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Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School in New Jersey held it’s annual college fair where Juniors and Seniors were able to meet with college representatives all over the tri-state area for guidance with their journey into higher education!

Imagine Me Trip to Washington D.C.

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Students from grades 4 & 5 from Imagine Me Leadership Charter School travel to Washington D.C. and Howard University to take part in the first of a series of college experiences offered by the school!

A Complaint Free World PICCS Animation

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PICCS Presents created the animation above from Will Bowen’s Election Day Presentation to get you started on recognizing what a complaint really is.

2014 Election Day Conference Data Breakout Session

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Over a hundred PICCS teachers attended the breakout session called “The Influence of Danielson Domains 1 & 3 on Deeper Learning for Students.” Lawrence Mele from the PICCS Data Team reflects on what teachers can do to further deeper learning in the classroom.

2014 PICCS Election Day Conferene

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The 2014 PICCS Election Day Conference was held on November 4th at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. School leaders, teachers and staff from NY and NJ gathered to enhance instructional strategies in a collective professional learning experience.

Meet Lavelle Prep’s New Principal!

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Chris Zilinski is no stranger to Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, Starting as an English teacher, Chris recently stepped into the role of principal and hopes to take Lavelle students to the next level with preparing for the future.

Teacher Training with A.L.L.

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Advanced Literacy learning consultants, Bebe Morrissey and Emily Levine, spent 3 days at PICCS helping teachers develop curriculum and assess student achievement to support effective literacy instruction.

Family Reading Night at Challenge Prep!

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Challenge Preparatory Charter School held their annual Family Reading Night event to help promote literacy for young scholars and parents both in and out of the classroom.

Meet Diana Nunnaley!

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Diana Nunnaley is a consultant who works closely with the PICCS schools and she is the Director of the Using Data Project at Technical Education Research Centers (TERC). Diana conducts site visits to PICCS Schools to train teachers in the art of interpreting and using student data.

Community-Wide Professional Development with Imagine Me

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Imagine Me Leadership Charter School held a school and community-wide professional development opportunity where Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu spoke to the struggles and successes of working with young black boys.

AUL Honors College-Bound Seniors!

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At AULCHS, seniors who are accepted into college or post-secondary school receive a gold tie to symbolize their achievement!