DIRECTORS BLOG: Oct 30 - Nov 3

DIRECTORS BLOG: Oct 30 - Nov 3

It was a week of celebration, creativity, and community bonding - Portfolio style! Check out who visited us to celebrate, create, learn, and play!

DIRECTORS BLOG: October 23-27

DIRECTORS BLOG: October 23-27

"When we listen, we learn more.
Be patient, kind, and respectful.
Try your best. If you hit a small problem, 
it’s no big deal."

- from Portfolio’s Kids Constitution

DIRECTORS BLOG: October 16-20

DIRECTORS BLOG: October 16-20

How do ideas become a creation?
How do individuals become a team?
How does a traveler to Mars become a Martian? These are questions we are exploring as we learn, not only about Mars, but even more importantly, about ourselves.

DIRECTORS BLOG: October 2-6

DIRECTORS BLOG: October 2-6

You never know what might happen when learning and creativity emerge from student interest and student ideas!

Collaborations with NYU and Columbia

Collaborations with NYU and Columbia

Two important collaborations with NYU and Columbia are now underway at Portfolio. One partnership will give our students the opportunity to apply their learning in music, technology, design, art and science; the other partnership will help our school refine a methodology that is carefully crafted and guided by research.

Directors Blog: 9/11/17-9/15/17

Directors Blog: 9/11/17-9/15/17

“At normal schools, the teachers don’t tell you to write on the walls,” one student happily exclaimed.

“Elon Musk, Elon Musk, Elon Musk,” a number of students chanted, as they planned the interviews they want to try to schedule for the film they will create on permanently settling Mars.

New Teachers!

New Teachers!

We are proud to welcome two new talented teachers to our Portfolio professional team:

Tracy Rudzitis - STEM and Computational Thinking Teacher
Tracy Day - Humanities and General Studies Teacher

How My Project-Based School Prepared Me for Columbia

How My Project-Based School Prepared Me for Columbia

"Amidst graduates from some of the best high schools around the world, I was struck by the intelligence that surrounded me. Yet, I felt better prepared for school and life at Columbia. While they had no problem taking notes in lectures or studying for exams, in seminars where deep learning happens at college and when relationships are formed with professors I found myself speaking up on the literature, proposing questions and interacting with texts while they worked to feel comfortable doing so."

Micro Schools Are Transformational For Urban Education

Micro Schools Are Transformational For Urban Education

Portfolio has set out to offer an answer for schools with a reimagined vision of learning and operations enabling us to produce a far better product at a far lower cost, enabling us to mitigate the risks of being new while offering a world class experience for our learners.

Student Motivation & The Questions We Ask

Student Motivation & The Questions We Ask

At Portfolio rather than asking children what they want to be when they grow up, we’ll be asking, “what problem do you want to solve right now?”

Maker Spaces, Learning and Reality

Maker Spaces, Learning and Reality

How we explain reality to ourselves is a construction with many parts. We gather knowledge and generate meaning through our experiences and traditions; from what we learn in school, at work and at home.

A promise to Eli

A promise to Eli

I wouldn’t bring my 19 month-old son, Eli, to a pediatrician who, for some reason, only used medical methods from the late 19th century. So why would I want to enroll him in a school whose methods have pretty much not changed since the late 19th century?

Learning in the Real World

Learning in the Real World

In the 1999 film The Matrix the main character, Neo, is given a choice by Morpheus, an elusive figure for whom Neo has been searching. Embrace reality or don’t.

21st Century Skills that Kids Need to Succeed

21st Century Skills that Kids Need to Succeed

I’ve spent my career in managing engineering teams in small and large companies. The startup I cofounded grew from just the two founders to ninety five people before it got acquired by Intel in 2013. At Intel, I was managing a team of nearly one hundred and thirty engineers spread globally across four regions.

What my experience in Ed-tech taught me

What my experience in Ed-tech taught me

I’m a technologist by training and experience. I worked in Silicon Valley for a number of years before moving out to the east coast for my PhD. In 2009, after finishing my doctoral work in engineering, a good friend of mine and I started a company, Kno Inc, in education technology (commonly referred to as ed-tech).

Why Do I Want to Start a School in New York City

Why Do I Want to Start a School in New York City

The story begins with a conversation I had with my friend’s daughter, Sania (10), who attends the Khan Lab School in Mountain View California. She and her older sister, Aisha (13), both had trouble with math and didn’t enjoy the subject.