Park Slope Education Complex

at Middle School 88

In 2005, a partnership and pilot program with the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at Columbia University began, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation.  CERC provided professional development and has worked with the entire staff to design an enhanced curriculum via an ecology-driven integrated curriculum. Integration is a collaborative process through which an instructional team designs challenging, consistent, coherent educational experiences that emphasize young people‚Äôs needs and interests. Essential problems, issues, and questions that form the basis of inquiry transcend academic disciplines through their positioning in thematic and conceptual contexts that lend themselves to broader and deeper understanding of self, humanity, and the world.
This new and exciting integrated ecology curriculum incorporates best practices of all subject areas using inquiry-based approaches and two Independent Projects Weeks (IPW) each year that will also support authentic exit projects in science.
Last Modified on November 5, 2009