PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement In Learning) was founded in 1995 to galvanize and coordinate meaningful civic involvement in New York City public education to improve student achievement. Its flagship event, Principal For A Day, pairs thousands of New Yorkers from the private sector with the City's schools. This and PENCIL's yearlong programs foster hundreds of long-term partnerships with schools, generate millions of dollars worth of donations of cash, goods, and services for schools and school districts, and act as a vehicle through which the City's private sector advocates for educational reform. PENCIL's programs continue to serve as national and international models of private sector engagement in public education.
Address: 30 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Target audience: Schools, Corporations
Year founded: 1995
Tag words: Principal For A Day, corporate partnership, civic involvement, business, school partnership
Principal For A Day
Description: Following their Principal For A Day visits, principals and partners are expected to work together for the duration of the school year to identify potential areas of collaboration and develop initiatives to help address pressing school needs. PENCIL's programming throughout the year is designed to help support and sustain these relationships.; PENCIL defines partnership as a relationship between a principal and a business leader (or team of business leaders)—usually resulting from a Principal For A Day visit—that lasts a minimum of one school year and has the end goal of improving the learning environment for students.
Each principal and business partner pair is responsible for determining the structure of their respective collaboration by considering the following factors: the time and resources that they are willing to commit, the additional staff they will include, and the method and frequency of communication that will be most effective.
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