Capital New York talks NYC public schools today as chancellor Carmen Fariña announces her plan for the system today. The piece also cites P.S. 8 as a prime example of Fariña’s mojo:
Capital New York: Fariña paired Phillips with a mentor from the more successful P.S. 29 who Phillips spoke with at least three times a week at the beginning of his tenure. Fariña told Phillips to study P.S. 29 as a model, and eventually, a partner school. Fariña told Phillips to invite frequent visitors to make sure teachers were performing well.
Fariña pushed Phillips to focus on improving pre-K grades in order to build the school back up, Phillips said, and institute rigorous professional development. The leadership change seems to have paid off: students performed well above the citywide average in math and English on state exams, with 60 percent scoring at a level 3 or above in math and 57 scoring proficiently in English.