ESI Update – Week of November 11th



ESI Update

Week of November 11


Principals and ESI Team Members: 

Yesterday, the Research Alliance released a new ESI report. Preparing Black and Latino Young Men for College and Careers: A Description of the Schools and Strategies in NYC’s Expanded Success Initiative describes the key components of ESI, the 40 schools that were selected to receive funding, the supports that were available in these schools prior to ESI, and the strategies that they planned to implement in the initiative’s first year. The report examines the extent to which the schools’ plans align with ESI’s design and goals, and begins to look at factors that might influence the potential to apply ESI more broadly.

Along with the report, this interactive map provides a snapshot of the 40 schools participating in the Expanded Success Initiative. Users may explore the map to see where ESI schools are located, where students who attend ESI schools live, and baseline college- and career-readiness outcomes for each school.

We encourage you to read and to discuss the report at your next ESI meeting. Please share these links with your entire school community.

In this issue you will find the following features:

  • Announcements and Updates: New Resource on ESI Wiki!
  • Opportunities: College Fairs!
  • ESI in the Spotlight: ESI Liaison Meeting
  • ESI in the News: Central Park East High School!
  • Shout Outs: High School for Law and Public Service!

Announcements and Updates

*This feature is intended to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in ESI. 

New Resource on the ESI Wiki

The ESI Team has updated the ESI Wiki page with an incredible new feature. Located on the ESI Wiki page, you’ll be able to view all the ESI schools and quickly see what strategies they are employing for the success of their Black and Latino young male students. In addition, you’ll be able to use the sorting feature to quickly identify which ESI schools are using the strategies you want to learn more about, and then link to their school’s page to find out more. Check it out!


HBCU and Latino College Fairs

This weekend and next weekend, there are two college fairs that we encourage staff, students, and families to attend: The New York Urban League’s Historically Black College and Universities Fair at Riverbank State Park and the Latino College Fair at Fordham University.

Saturday, November 16th, 11:00 – 3:30New York Urban League’s 27th Annual Historically Black College and Universities Fair at Riverbank State Park (679 Riverside Drive, New York, 10031)

Saturday, November 23rd , 11:30 – 3:456th Annual Latino College Fair at Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus (441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY)

If you organize a school trip to visit one of these college fairs with your young men, please take pictures and tell us about your experience. (Narrative and pictures should be emailed to Richard Haynes at


As ESI supports schools in strategic planning and decision-making for the success of their Black and Latino young male students, below is an opportunity for all school leaders to continue to engage on topics related to data, instruction, and resources. A collaboration between the NYC Leadership Academy and the DOE and aligned to the Quality Review, Principals are invited to attend the following Children First Leadership Workshop Series.:

·         Instructional Literacy Leadership: strategies for providing high-quality Tier I instruction to students

·         Data: strategies for analyzing school data and using data to improve supervision and classroom instruction

·         Resource Management: budgets, operations, compliance, contracts, and other topics related to resource management

To receive information about upcoming sessions, email Jessica Cihal. Dates and registration information for these workshops will be announced in upcoming editions of Principals’ Weekly and posted on the NYC Leadership Academy website.



ESI in the Spotlight

ESI Liaison Meeting

Every six weeks a point person from each ESI school meets together with point persons from other schools to share, to learn, and to discuss strategies and best practices that will increase the number of Black and Latino young men who graduate college and career ready.

During last week’s meeting at Open Society Foundations, participants discussed college visits with 9th grade students as a best practice for building a college-going culture. Chris Emdin, Associate Professor of Science Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, also presented on Science Genius, and participants dug deeper into what Culturally Responsive Education can look like at their schools. In addition, attendees considered how to effectively use student data to inform decision-making at their schools.



ESI in the News

Central Park East High School (CPEHS), in East Harlem, was one of a number of ESI schools that implemented a peer mentoring program. Partnering with the Center for Supportive Schools (formerly known as Princeton Center for Leadership Training), they saw positive changes in their overall school culture.

A few weeks ago, they hosted a luncheon and panel discussion to showcase the program and the accomplishments of its outstanding young leaders. Check out this article spotlighting the program and this exciting event!

For more information about this program at Central Park East High School, contact Assistant Principal Mayra Messi at



Shout Outs

Shout out to the staff and students at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Service! They attended the YMI Youth Empowerment Summit last weekend. In addition to participating in thought-provoking discussions and workshops with other young men in New York City, one of Law Enforcement’s students won two tickets to a future Knicks game. Thanks for representing your school and the Expanded Success Initiative at this event! 

Do you have a strategy, teacher, or program at your school that you wish to highlight? If so, send an email to for inclusion in our ESI Weekly Update.



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