Leadership Innovation For Education
The Leadership Innovation for Education (LIƒE) project combines access to evidenced based strategies with an expanded level of professional support to the Title lID schools in Districts 31 and 22 to align effective technology-based strategies to school improvement goals and thus improve student achievement in the core content areas. The Leadership Innovation for Educators (LIFE) project will test the very competencies that matter most for the 21st century. LIFE will motivate students who have grown up in a digital world to aspire toward academic excellence through the infusion of project-based learning, the development of e-portfolios to showcase and assess learning, and the acquisition of knowledge in an online learning environment. The project is also designed to meet the needs of today's students. For 21 century students of the United States to graduate and participate in the emerging global workforce they must be technologically literate (Panel on Educational Technology, 1997.)
The Goals of the LIFE Grant are
The LIƒE Project represents a consortium of NYC School District 31 (lead applicant) and District 22 and several outside partners. The partnership will serve thirteen schools in D31 and nine schools in D22 all of which are identified by the NYS Office of Accountability as SINI or SRAP for either ELA or Math or both. In addition, the project includes forty-four non-public schools from these districts that were recruited to join this work through an extensive outreach effort. D31, a former District in Need of Improvement, is currently in good standing. District 31 serves the entire borough of Staten Island and District 22 serves several neighborhoods in South Brooklyn. Project LIƒE builds on previous Title lID projects and incorporates new strategies that together will build capacity to improve teaching and learning through a set of complementary strategies that include curriculum development through project based learning, development of e-portfolios to showcase and assess student work, data analysis to refine teaching strategies, and utilizing appropriate technologies for classroom instruction.