Highlights from Ai Camp

Highlights from Ai Camp

How much can kids learn about Artificial Intelligence in one week? At Ai Camp, our campers learned to express themselves through Ai creations while learning foundational concepts such as computational thinking, seeing the world through sensors, and machine learning. Here are some highlights…

Welcome, Susanna Brock!

Welcome, Susanna Brock!

I am very excited to welcome Susanna Block as our Curriculum Development/Implementation Specialist for next year! Susanna is an exceptionally thoughtful and student-centered educator, who brings more than a decade of experience as a teacher and administrator to this role. She has served as both a teacher and leader, and has led efforts to shape curriculum at both the lower and middle school levels.

Welcome, Katie Cheek!

Welcome, Katie Cheek!

I’m thrilled to introduce the Portfolio Community to another talented educator joining our team in the Fall, Katie Cheek.  Her expertise, deep commitment to project-based learning and teaching, and student-centric approach are abundantly clear and impressed us in her hiring process.  She is also warm, highly creative, and has a great sense of humor.

Welcome, Molly Brown!

Welcome, Molly Brown!

We are very excited to welcome Molly Brown as our new Lower School teacher!  Molly inspired and impressed us during her candidate visit to Portfolio with her warmth, expertise, and the connections that she made with our students.  Her demo lesson engaged our students in a hands-on, inquiry-based activity, and her conversations with us reflected her passion for experiential, maker-centered learning and teaching.

The Innovative Schools Cooperative

The Innovative Schools Cooperative

It was great to see how other people are taking on the same challenge of re-inventing K-12. The schools represented in the group have a lot of different approaches and focuses: some are just Middle School, one has an inter-generational element, some are urban, some are suburban, one is designed for home-schoolers...But our similarities far outweigh our differences. And our hope is that in coming together, we can collect our individual voices and form a movement, creating a shared vision and thus enabling a bigger impact.

My Interview with Lorenzo!

My Interview with Lorenzo!

One of our amazing parents, Teri Hagedorn (mother of two of our students), interviewed our new Head of School, Lorenzo Krakowsky. She got to the heart of what has led him from running top Progressive schools to Portfolio, what opportunities he sees here, and more…

Why Project-Based Learning Serves Girls (and Boys) Well

Why Project-Based Learning Serves Girls (and Boys) Well

While the struggle of boys in traditional school models is made clearly evident to parents, that of girls is not nearly so visible.  For one thing, girls are socialized early to meet and exceed expectations of “good behavior”. Girls in traditional schools demonstrate daily the skills they have spent their preschool years mastering:  compliance and competence. Their early expertise in self-regulation (raising one’s hand before speaking, taking turns) comes at the expense of self-confidence, inhibits risk-taking for fear of failure, and undervalues pushing boundaries.   

The Kid Who Was Excluded: the Story of Charlie Green

The Kid Who Was Excluded: the Story of Charlie Green

For the communication unit, Group 1 began by exploring books, stories, and the magical journeys inside. Excited to act out favorite stories, we learned about how setting, character, and plot make up a story, practicing the ways that artists communicate these aspects of stories.

PBL Prepares Girls For Their Future

PBL Prepares Girls For Their Future

At schools like HLS and Portfolio School, PBL prepares all students female and male, but I would argue it’s particularly important for girls hardwired to always try their best. PBL prepares girls to succeed in both the classroom and the boardroom by giving them the confidence to take risks and fail and it socializes them to excel in a magnificently imperfect world where confidence matters more than competence.

Video: What do you like about Portfolio School?

Video: What do you like about Portfolio School?

When a child enjoys coming to school, everything is possible. While filming interviews for Exhibition Night, we asked our students what they liked about their school. This is what they had to say.

Why A.I. matters for Project-Based Learning

Why A.I. matters for Project-Based Learning

Here’s an idea I’m exploring. What if we could use AI to get information about children’s projects. So instead of using standardized tests to measure learning, we can use AI to gain a better understanding of what a child can actually do with all the knowledge gained at school. We don’t need to know how well a child can retrieve the algorithm for long multiplication. We need to know if children understand how to use it for real situations they care about, not for a hypothetical imposed test question.

Why Portfolio School?

Why Portfolio School?

Say the word “autumn” and you evoke images of brightly-hued leaves, baskets of apples and harvests of pumpkins.  In New York City, especially for parents of four-year-olds and older students looking to transition next year, you also provoke anxiety about the admissions process:  when can you visit schools, what will they require of you and of your children, how can you tell if a school is the right school for your child and your family?

Amazing night with the authors of "The Self-Driven Child"

Amazing night with the authors of "The Self-Driven Child"

On September 24 we welcomed two inspiring thinkers to our community. Ned Johnson and Bill Stixrud have written a book, “the self driven child,” that has been getting a lot of attention and praise all over the place. The book also caught our attention at the school and we invited them to come to speak to the Tribeca community.

Video: Adventure to Mars!

Video: Adventure to Mars!

Watch "Adventure to Mars" a movie by the students of Portfolio School that premiered Feb 15th, 2018 at TriBeCa Screening Room. A wonderful night to celebrate the learning and creativity of our last project unit about Mars.

Professionals in Residence

Professionals in Residence

Core to the Portfolio experience is engaging with talented professionals, co-designing ambitious projects in which we apply our learning and express our creativity. Meet some of the talented folks with whom we have created.

Portfolio students present at Stanford

Portfolio students present at Stanford

Our children now know that what they are creating and learning is interesting and people will want to learn from it; that their knowledge is worth sharing not just to the school community but to the world.