2012–2014 Commissioner's Schools – Dissemination Grant

New Hyde Park–Garden City School District

District Overview

The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Union Free School District UFSD is located in New Hyde Park, Nassau County. The district serves a large number of newcomer students from many foreign countries.  The district was identified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as having three highest performing elementary schools. The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park UFSD proposes to disseminate its method of professional development plan implementation in the areas of rigorous curricular and instructional practices aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, with a particular emphasis on the innovative use of technology.

District-Identified Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park UFSD reports using strategies that focus on using technology to facilitate implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards. The district has provided staff with extensive professional development and technical assistance in a variety of instructional practices infused with creative use of technology in the classroom. Technology is fully embedded in their five-year strategic plan. The district strategies include:

  1. Evaluation and use of a variety of hardware and software programs to ensure that students are learning 21st century skills;
  2. Matching the instructional program to students’ learning styles;
  3. Focus group meetings;
  4. Flexible student grouping;
  5. Technology-based differentiated instruction in a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) framework;
  6. Weekly teacher training in multiple modes of instructional technology;
  7. An ad-hoc team examines both formative and summative data that is collected for every student to evaluate academic progress.  The result of the Focus Group and the Instructional Support Team (IST) meetings is a 4 to 6 week instructional road map that funnels all services and supports in both the cognitive and affective domains for students; 
  8. A balanced literacy approach delivered through a two-hour literacy block in all grade levels;
  9. Creating an instructional paradigm of mathematics focusing on practical application and problem solving; and
  10. Providing students with a hands-on manipulative math kit which aligns to the Common Core Learning Standards.

Proposed Outcomes

As a Dissemination Grant School, it is a goal of New Hyde Park/Garden City Park UFSD to provide an opportunity for other districts to replicate the construction and implementation of its professional development plan. The district will provide a menu of options for the Replication School that focuses on rigorous curricular and instructional practices aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, with a particular emphasis on the innovative use of technology. As the result of a partnership through this grant, New Hyde Park/Garden City Park UFSD suggests a Replication Grant School should expect:

  1. Assistance in the development, implementation and evaluation of the plan;
  2. Administrators trained in leading identified instructional strategies; and
  3. A cohort of teachers trained who can serve as instructional leaders for plan development and implementation.

Dissemination Plan

The New Hyde Park/Garden City Park (UFSD) will provide the following to each Replication Grant School with which it has partnered:

  1. District model plans (e.g., five-year strategic plan, instructional support team (IST) plan; response-to-intervention (RTI) plan; reading styles plan);
  2. Overviews of computer hardware and software programs;
  3. Three, three-hour workshops using a train-the-trainer approach;
  4. Classroom visitations – Replication Grant School teams will have the opportunity to visit New Hyde Park/Garden City Park UFSD at least once a month for the purpose of observing the implementation of best practices;
  5. Three technical assistance site visits - an administrator from New Hyde Park/Garden City Park UFSD will visit the Replication Grant School district to offer feedback and coaching on the implementation of selected strategies; and
  6. Additional and ongoing support through weekly telephone calls and e-mails on selected topics of concern.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park UFSD Commissioner’s Dissemination Grant proposal and partnership opportunity as a Replication Grant School, please contact:

Robert Katulak, Superintendent
New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District
1950 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY  11040
(516) 434-2300


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