Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Partnership Support Organization / Children First Network (PSO/CFN)

An Initiative of The Center for Educational Partnerships
PSO CFN network #551

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Our Services

Research-based and outcomes oriented, the Fordham PSO team provides a range of technical assistance and support that is custom-tailored to each school's needs in driving academic achievement. Services include:
  • Fordham Faculty and Consultant Coaching Support
  • Support in establishing and maintaining school inquiry teams
  • Assistance with data analysis and use of data for targeted interventions
  • Training on Accountability Systems
  • Developing a customized action plan for each school
  • Quality Review Support
  • Fundraising/Grant Writing
  • HR, Budget, and Youth Development Support
  • College Tours
  • Student Teachers
  • Leadership Development
  • Compliance Support
  • Special Education Support
  • ELL Support
  • Professional Development
  • Study Groups
  • Principals' Conferences
  • Parent Workshops
  • Middle and High School graduations on Fordham campuses
  • Fordham tuition reduction for teachers and administrators
  • Access to Manhattan and Bronx campuses
  • Conferences and Institutes

Our Schools

Currently Fordham's PSO network supports the following 35 schools located in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn:
  • PS 4: Duke Ellington School
  • PS 5: Port Morris
  • PS 46: Edgar Allan Poe
  • PS 92: Adrian Hegeman
  • PS 96: Richard Rogers
  • IS117: Joseph H Wade
  • PS 129: John H. Finley Campus School
  • PS 133: Fred R Moore
  • PS 134: George F. Bristow
  • PS 138: Samual Randall
  • PS 157: Grove Hill
  • PS 160: The Walt Disney School
  • PS 175: Henry H Garnett
  • PS 191: The Museum Magnet School
  • PS 194: Countee Cullen
  • PS 209: Clearview Gardens
  • PS 249: The Canton School
  • PS 325
  • PS 397: Foster-Laurie
  • MS 391: The Angelo Petri
  • PS 399: Stanley Eugene Clark
  • Discovery HS (Walton)
  • Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology
  • High School of World Cultures
  • High School for Language and Innovation
  • International School for Liberal Arts (ISLA)
  • Mott Hall Science and Tech Academy
  • New World High School
  • School for Legal Studies
  • Theater Arts Prod Co High School (TAPCO)
  • The Brooklyn Latin School
  • The Parkway
  • The Urban Assembly School for the Urban Environment

News Makers

Associate Dean Anita Batisti Talks Universal Pre-K
Anita Batisti is spearheading a research-based pilot program focusing on early childhood literacy. Read more from Inside Fordham.

GSE Partner Schools’ Students Show Off Musical, Oratory Skills
In true holiday spirit, students from four New York City Schools performed songs and poems for principals and administrators from their schools at a tribute held at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education on Dec. 17. For complete details, read the article on Fordham’s news page.

NYC Elementary School Principals Association Takes Note

Cheryl McClendon, the principal of P.S. 175, is flanked by Anita Batisti (left) and Marge Struk, the CEO and team leader, respectively, of Fordham’s PSO


At P.S. 175 on West 134th Street in Harlem, where a Fordham banner hangs high near the entrance, Principal Cheryl McClendon works hard to “move her building.” She devises strategies to boost student achievement, develops arts programs in music and dance, and keeps up on the latest metrics used by downtown education officials to judge her school.

The school scored a “B” on the New York City Department of Education’s 2010 progress report, based in large part on improvements her students made that year. She said Fordham’s Partnership Support Organization (PSO), which assists P.S. 175 with budgeting, fundraising and academic support, has played a critical role in her school’s improvement. “Fordham keeps us on the cutting edge,” McClendon said. P.S. 175 is among 35 city public schools served by Fordham’s PSO, run by the University’s Graduate School of Education (GSE). It is New York’s only graduate school to take on such a responsibility, with GSE now overseeing schools serving 17,000 students in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

Download article: Teach the Teachers, in Fordham Magazine.

Read NYC Elementary School Principals Association Takes Note (page 4).

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