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Education: Investing in the Future

Dig in to New York City's 2012 Digital Roadmap:Progress and Innovation.
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Building on a strong foundation of broadband access, education is key to the City's innovation potential, and ensures that New Yorkers are able to successfully leverage technology. Through game-changing City investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, New Yorkers will benefit from schools and programs that equip them to learn and innovate in the technology ecosystem.

Milestones that took place over the past year include: the historic announcement of the Cornell NYC Tech on Roosevelt Island, the Academy for Software Engineering and the new NYU/NYU Poly Center for Urban Science and Progress. The developments underscore Mayor Bloomberg's commitments to education and investment in a vibrant, skilled workforce that meets the demands of a growing technology industry.

Applied Sciences NYC: World-Class Engineering in NYC

Introduced in 2010, Applied Sciences NYC is the City's initiative to build and expand world-class applied sciences and engineering campuses in the five boroughs. Led by Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Seth Pinsky, the program aims to strengthen New York City's workfore and economy through the significant growth in the applied sciences sector.

The program was inspired by the input of hundreds of local entrepreneurs, academics and community organizations. Asked to identify groundbreaking but attainable steps that the City could take to spark economic development, a consistent theme emerged: the demand for top engineering talent.

In early 2011, the City formally launched Applied Sciences NYC, welcoming leading global institutions to submit proposals for a new or expanded applied sciences and engineering campus in New York City. To support institutional participation, the City offered to provide municipally owned land, a seed investment of City capital and the administrative support necessary to realize the monumental program. The results of NYCEDC's Request for Expressions of Interest surpassed expectations: the City recieved 18 proposals from 27 outstanding institutions across six states and eight countries - a testament to the enormous potential of Applied Sciences NYC.

Rendering of planned Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt  Island.

In the summer of 2011, the City released the formal Request for Proposals, and Mayor Bloomberg announced the two partnerships resulting from the Applied Sciecnes NYC initiative: the Cornell NYC Tech on Roosevelt Island and the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in Downtown Brooklyn, a consortium led by NYU and NYU-Poly. Read more about the City's game-changing plans with Cornell University, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, NYU and NYU-Poly in the section Next Steps for New York City.

The Innovation Zone (iZone), a Department of Education program that supports a community of innovative New York City schools committed to personalizing learning, has grown significantly over the past year, expanding from 81 schools acros all five boroughs to nearly 250 schools. By meeting the needs, motivations and strengths of each child, students are better prepared for success in grades K-12, college and career. Across the iZone, schools achieve personalization in a variety of ways based on those ideas, technology and tools that work best for their school community. In iZone schools:
  • Real-time information is used to support each student, evaluating their level at the start of a lesson and charting their progress, so teachers may provide extra help or new challenging opportunities as needed.
  • Teachers are equipped to provide collaborative learning and cultural exchange opportunities, and students are exposed to the real-world through guest lectures, internships and externships.
  • Digital resources supplement a teacher's instruction, allowing students to take interseting online courses (under the guidance and support of a classroom teacher) that meet their needs, such as college level, credit recovery, elective or language courses.
  • Teachers have more time to plan lessons alone and with fellow teachers to collectively address each student's needs and create engaging curricula that will adhere to college and career readiness standards.

© 2012 Nelson Ryland. #LoveNYC contest entrant.

The iZone started with 81 schools across all five boroughs of New York City in school year 2010-2011. Over two years, that number has almost tripled to nearly 250 schools. By 2014, the iZone community will grow to 400 schools. You can learn more about iZone at

MOUSE is an innovative youth development organization that empowers underserved students to provide technology support and leadership in their schools, supporting their technology careers in more than 300 locations in the United States, including New York City, Chicago, California and Texas.

MOUSE SQUADS improve a school's ability to use technology to enhance learning, while also providing a powerful, hands-on 21st century learning experience for studnets. In partnership with the New York City Department of Education, MOUSE has established MOUSE squads in all five boroughs across the city. Starting with a pilot of three NYC schools in 2000, this program has grown to involve thousands of New York City public school students providing a valued tech support role in their schools.

MOUSE CORPS is a youth-centered design and technology program which develops emerging leadership, professional and technical skills of select high school students from MOUSE squads citywide. After participating in several professionalism activites and building digital portfolios, students are placed in after-school "shadowships" and summer internships at partnering organizatiosn including the City's Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT).

MOUSE is also one of several DoITT partners participating in the federally funded NYC Connected Learning initiative to promote sustainable broadband adoption, as described above. The MOUSE squads program has significantly grown its presence in New York City as part of the Connected Learning Program, providing new opportunities for hundreds of middle school students to become technology leaders in their schools and communities.

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Dig in to New York City's 2012 Digital Roadmap:Progress and Innovation.
Download the pdf here or navigate through each section using the icons below.

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