NYC School District 5

Bolstering literacy instruction


The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is partnering with Leading Educators to accelerate literacy and realize a shared vision of excellent instruction in Harlem Community School District 5.

About the Partnership

As part of the groundbreaking NYC Reads effort, The Harlem Community School District 5 is partnering with Leading Educators to ensure an effective rollout of HMH’s Into Reading curriculum in grades K-5.


As of last school year, fewer than 40% of students in Harlem Community School District 5 were proficient in reading, and a growing number of students are multilingual learners. Closing the opportunity gap will require addressing several technical and adaptive challenges:

  • Teachers have varying levels of experience with the curriculum and varying levels of content expertise
  • Some schools have been using high-quality instructional materials for as long as five years, while others are just starting out.
  • Previous training from the curriculum provider was primarily online and offered only a cursory overview of complex, knowledge-rich materials. 

Teachers and school leaders are eager for more comprehensive and personalized professional learning experiences to bring the new curriculum to life effectively.


Leading Educators is designing ongoing professional learning for teachers and providing side-by-side coaching support to bolster teachers’ confidence, content knowledge, and instructional practice. So far, teachers have been excited about the tailored support LE is bringing, a welcome shift from traditional one-size-fits-all professional development settings.

Theory of Action for student success in NYC District 5 partnership

Key Activities
Systems/Strategic Advising

Leading Educators is collaborating closely with District 5 to establish a rubric for understanding school-level curriculum implementation progress. We’re also developing a learning pathway for district leaders, principals, and teachers.

Ongoing Professional Learning Design

We’re designing and delivering a monthly professional development series that aims to provide turnkey support for schools, enhance teaching practices, offer personalized development for principals and assistant principals, and lead ELA meetings focused on instructional practices.


Harlem Community Schools are receiving ongoing literacy coaching and side-by-side coaching support. This includes regular coaching sessions, feedback during the professional learning series, and support for co-planning and co-teaching. This approach directly enhances ELA instruction by providing real-time guidance and support for educators in the classroom.

Partnership By The Numbers

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4,234 Students

being given essential tools for academic success

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70 Teachers

being supported with side-by-side coaching

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15 Schools

receiving turnkey professional development for sustainable improvement

Learn About Other Literacy Partnerships

NYC is one of a dozen partnerships across the country that are pushing the boundaries of what schools can offer students. Learn more about how we customize our supports to meet the needs and strengths of visionary districts.

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Meet The Team

Our team of experienced classroom educators, former school and system leaders, content and coaching experts, and fearless advocates work shoulder-to-shoulder with North Chicago educators to go further faster.

Stacy Stewart

Senior Director of Networks
Stacy Stewart is an accomplished education leader with a legacy spanning over three decades.
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Amanda Drenth

Director of Content & Coaching
Amanda Drenth designs curriculum-based professional learning and supports direct curriculum implementation as a Director of Content and Coaching.
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Sydney Jenkins

Instructional Leadership Coach
Sydney is an equity-driven educator who hopes to assist teachers in creating affirming, rigorous, and exciting learning experiences for students.
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Micheal Little

Instructional Leadership Coach, ELA
Michael is an Instructional Leadership Coach-ELA based in New York City, where he is responsible for coaching teachers and school leaders in the implementation of HMH's Into Reading curriculum.
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Kemi Weston

Associate Director of Networks
Kemi is a devoted and enthusiastic advocate dedicated to making a difference in education.
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Stacy Stewart

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Amanda Drenth

Sydney Jenkins

Micheal Little

Kemi Weston

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