Student Programs and External Partnerships
Student programs and external partnerships advance authentic instructional, student enrichment and professional learning experiences for schools, teachers, students, and their families. Strategic engagement of a diverse variety of community, cultural, non-profit, and higher education partners to enhance real-world, hands-on experiential learning opportunities is essential to this work. Learn more about these initiatives and programs below.
Service in Schools
Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning experiences that enable them to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking to affect positive change in their communities and the world. For more information, visit the Service in Schools website or contact Service in Schools at ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov.
STEM Matters NYC
The STEM Matters NYC initiative offers authentic, experiential, hands-on science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment programs for schools, teachers, and students to promote and reinforce science knowledge and practices, strengthen science teaching, and build schools’ capacity to support students pursuing careers in STEM fields. For more information about STEM Matters NYC, contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.
Environmental Study Center
The Environmental Study Center offers rich and engaging environmental science programs for students and teachers at all grade levels. The Environmental Study Center is home to over 200 living organisms, four dynamic learning labs (flora, fauna, STEM and a fully equipped biotechnology lab), an outdoor learning space with pond habitat and a greenhouse laboratory. For more information, visit the Environmental Study Center website .
New York City Center for Space Science Education
The New York City Center for Space Science Education increases students' interest and excitement about STEM through space and aviation science. Hands-on activities simulate real world experiences where students apply math and science concepts learned in the classroom to work together to solve authentic problems. For more information, visit the New York City Center for Space Science Education website .
Teen Thursdays is an afterschool initiative to engage students in Grades 7 and 8 from across New York City in a series of rich, experiential, afterschool learning opportunities available through local cultural institutions that focus on American History. For more information about Teen Thursdays, contact TeenThursdays@schools.nyc.gov.
The Partnership Institute engages external partners in a consistent, critical dialogue around how their programming supports student achievement. Partners participate in professional learning and collaborative feedback to maximize the alignment of partners’ work with NYCDOE instructional learning goals and strengthen school partnerships. For more information about the Partnership Institute, contact Partners@schools.nyc.gov.