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Experiencing the Generative Power of Networks

Building on the concept of “generous ecosystems,” we were invited to consider what nature teaches us about networks, and how we could use that learning to grow our budding Catalyst Leaders network in a way that would serve as a generative power for other schools.

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Welcome from New Roots Teachers

We, the teachers of New Roots, are working hard every day to build a learning community that is engaging, challenging, and safe for the students who walk through our doors.

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Public Education Innovation

In public education, charter schools are the drivers of innovation. We are proud to play a critical role in leading the way forward into the 21st century.

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Recent Events

Teaching Our Cities Retreat November 2018

New Roots students (4) and staff (6) joined 4 other schools to collaborate and develop a cohesive four-year sequence that integrates meaningful mission-driven fieldwork and projects while emphasizing college and career preparation and community engagement.

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2nd Annual Water Symposium

Led by Upper School students in 11th grade, we collaborated with Water Resources Institute, Toxics Targeting, and others to demonstrate what’s possible if we set our intention on clean water for all people.

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Accepting Applications for 2018-2019

We’re now accepting online applications through the enrollment page of our website. We invite all community members with students aged 12-18 to consider New Roots as an option for secondary education.

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Visit from Mayor Myrick

Svante spent over an hour with our students discussing questions related to race and social inequality, as well as City of Ithaca sustainability and transportation initiatives.

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In the Spotlight

The Year of the Newt!

Students from the first year of our school in 2009 chose this friendly little adolescent salamander as our mascot because it reflects our school values and mission.

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Splash! @ Cornell

Splash! is a one-day event where high school and middle school students visit Cornell’s campus to learn anything… Splash! teachers, administrators, and volunteers are all Cornell students.

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Ahja Haedicke’s New Roots Mural Project

“We want this project to build youth leadership both at New Roots and in the larger community. Art is a positive and creative way to do this and will represent the values of Social Justice and Sustainability in a way that can be enjoyed by the entire community.”

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Rachel Mitchell Alumni Spotlight

“I remember discovering the activist within myself at New Roots. Many institutions attempt to silence their students in an effort to keep the peace, whereas New Roots encouraged individuality…”

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Niaome Hickman Spotlight

Niaome’s experience at New Roots as a student inspired her to return as an intern so she can learn from Tina how to become the next charter school founder and leader.

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David Streib

David is the 1st teacher from a SUNY authorized Charter School to be selected to the New York ‘Master Teachers’ list

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