What is PROSE?

The Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program was established as part of the contract between the UFT, CSA and the DOE. The PROSE program enables schools who have a demonstrated record of effective school leadership, collaboration, and trust to implement innovative practices outside of existing rules. 

Administrators and teachers in 174 PROSE schools collaboratively engage in reflective conversations that surface changes and improvements to existing practices and systems with the goal of increasing student achievement and teacher effectiveness. PROSE enables collaborative schools to engage in an application and voting process to modify certain existing regulations and work rules for a period of five years.

Ultimately, the goal of PROSE is to improve teacher practice and student learning outcomes and drive innovation across the community of PROSE schools by supporting schools with a history of collaborative practices. PROSE schools also seek to develop a culture of reflection and continuous improvement at every level, in order to create structures that encourage the sharing of lessons learned and promising practices across the school system.

View the list of PROSE Schools.

How Can My School Become a PROSE School?

The application process for new PROSE schools typically opens in January. The application process for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed. Please check back in early 2022 for more information and for the PROSE application.

Option PROSE 

Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, slight changes have been made to Option PROSE for this year. This document applies to the 2020-2021 school year only. 

Option PROSE Overview

Option PROSE is an additional observation option for all teachers in PROSE schools that voted for it on their PROSE ballots. Teachers cannot be required to select it. 

Teachers who select Option PROSE will:

  1. Be observed by their principal or other school-based trained administrator. The minimum number of observations will be the same as the number agreed upon in the 2020-2021 agreement between the UFT and DOE.See especially items 6, 7, and 9.
  2. Determine an area of focus in collaboration with their principal, and present a Structured Review towards the end of the school year, using the process described below.

Steps of the Structured Review Process

  1. Teachers interested in selecting Option PROSE will inform their principal no later than March 12, 2021, and will submit their Structured Review Plan (SRP) no later than March 19th. In order to ensure a smooth process, it is strongly suggested that the teacher and principal have a discussion before the submission of the plan.
  2. The SRP will identify: (1) the specific area of focus; (2) the teacher’s purpose in focusing on this area; (3) the activities the teacher will undertake that align with his/her purpose and area of focus; (4) at least three components of the NYC MOTP Rubric upon which the teacher’s work shall be evaluated based on items discussed and presented at the structured review.
  3. Once the SRP is submitted, the evaluator has until March 26 to request changes
  4. The final approval date is April 6th If the principal and teacher do not come to agreement, then the teacher shall be observed and evaluated as required under the citywide agreement. The teacher and principal can verify agreement via email, and the SRP can be entered in the Advance Web Application.
  5. Between May 17th and June 11, the teacher and evaluator will participate in a Structured Review that can be done remotely to discuss the teacher’s overall experience with each part of the plan, as well as to review teacher-selected documentation that the teacher has gathered or created during the implementation of the plan. Using the Structured Review Evaluator Form, the evaluator will score the teacher-selected documentation discussed on all components of the NYC MOTP Rubric that are included in the SRP, as well as all other components of the NYC MOTP Rubric for which there is evidence.

Other Notes

Additional attendees may be present at the Structured Review with mutual consent of the teacher and the evaluator.

Final Scoring

All NYC MOTP Rubric components that are included in the SRP, as well as all other components on the NYC MOTP Rubric for which there is evidence in the Structured Review will be weighted equally and averaged to create a Structured Review Score on a scale from 1-4.

The overall observation score will be weighted at 60% and the structured review score at 40%.

In situations where impartial Independent Trained Evaluators (“Independent Evaluators”), is required by the UFT-DOE citywide negotiated contract, the independent evaluator shall be combined with the MOTP score, with the independent evaluator having a weight of 10% and the MOTP score counting for 90%. These will then be converted to the associated MOTP HEDI rating.

Final Note: The SRP is the difference between Option PROSE and the citywide evaluation agreement. All aspects of the citywide agreement, with the addition of the SRP, apply to Option PROSE.
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