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Schools of Promise

Schools of Promise logoSchools of Promise is a partnership between Syracuse University School of Education and local school districts. This partnership aims to improve elementary schools for all students, especially students who have traditionally not been successful in schools, including students with disabilities, students learning English, students of color, and students from low-income families. Schools of Promise is a vital link between Syracuse University School of Education and the Central New York community. It greatly supports the concept of Scholarship in Action by using the resources of the university to support local initiatives. The partnership demonstrates the importance of creating more inclusive spaces where all learners have the chance to be successful.

More importantly, the Schools of Promise has proven to make a difference. In its first two years of implementation, the Schools of Promise in the Syracuse City School District that are committing to inclusive environments have seen an increase in test scores across all populations of learners, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

2015 Summer Leadership Institute - August 10-12

7th Annual Summer Leadership Institute - Leading Inclusive Schools in the Age of the Common Core

This interactive three-day school leadership institute will utilize the latest research, national presenters and key lessons from practice necessary to create equitable and excellent schools for all students. The institute places a particular focus on the inclusion of students with disabilities, special education, and issues of belonging and learning for all students.

Learn more about the 2015 Summer Leadership Institute

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SOP's Guiding Principles:

Include. Teachers and administrators work together to create schools where all students are placed and taught in the general education classroom in heterogenous groups.

Belong. The focus is on developing an authentic sense of belonging for all students and staff.

Learn. Including all students improves student learning.

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