Coutinho on Education: Work with what you have and go after your goals

Coutinho on Education: Work with what you have and go after your goals

Coutinho on Education: Work with what you have and go after your goals

At Garfield High School in New York City, special education students have one of the highest dropout rates in the district and one of the highest rates of dropout disability. Despite these challenges, Garfield Principal Mark Wyland has made excellence a central element of his school and values teamwork and collaboration.

“He really does believe in being a community school,” parent Nandi Spencer said of Wyland, the subject of an intense report this week from the policy and research organization Education Sector, as highlighted by Education Week’s Education Roundup. “He sees Garfield as a home—a place that he and his students can come to hang out on a regular basis and enjoy their experiences.”

Nearly 70 percent of Garfield High’s total enrollment are English Language Learners, more than 90 percent of whom require special education services.

Read about Garfield’s transformation and Wyland’s journey here.

With $50 million of stimulus funding awarded as part of the federal Race to the Top competitive grant, Gordon School was made to a new model, called Beacon Health Cooperative, which emphasizes “deeper learning.” By tying success of school and social experiences to individual student progress, Beacon gives educators what they call “customized instruction in health, life skills, and academic success.”

Read about Gordon’s progress and the full education reform story here.

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