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Mission: The mission of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB) is to prepare scholars with the academic foundation, digital literacy, and leadership skills necessary to succeed in college and professional life as they grow as ethical leaders.
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LAB is dedicated to serving the highest need students, regardless of their academic level, English language proficiency, or disability. We recognize that learning experiences should meet students where they are, engage them deeply in inquiry and mastery, and tailor challenges in a dynamic, personal manner. We personalize the learning experience for students with diverse backgrounds, interests, and educational needs. Given our commitment to preparing all students for college and career success, we employ innovative, high-quality learning tools, and we aim to design and iterate upon our school model so that teachers can deliver high-quality personalized learning at scale. LAB’s approach is informed by engagement with families, community leaders, and educators, as well as by careful study of successful schools and research-based principles. LAB focuses on:
Rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum and developing habits of success: LAB’s program of study gives students the capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate effectively. We set clear expectations for high-quality work in order to cultivate college-ready habits. For instance, there is growing consensus that students should work on tasks with sustained concentration free of distractions, so we give our students real-world projects that involve spending time studying specific texts or topics. Students also need opportunities to correct their own work based on feedback, and we have designed our program to help students establish these habits, which improve learning throughout life.
Entrepreneurial learning: The rate of digital innovation is rapidly reordering the contours of knowledge and work, and LAB must prepare students to succeed in jobs and industries we can hardly imagine today. In this era, good questions are often more important than answers. We offer experiences that foster inquiry-driven learning and instill students with a sense of curiosity in the face of challenge. For instance, working with industry partners and entrepreneurs, LAB cultivates entrepreneurial learners, providing students with opportunities to explore new challenges and learn from others.
Culture of high expectations: We reject the idea that students’ circumstances limit their potential, and instead we uphold uncompromising standards for attendance, homework, classwork, and participation to prepare each student for postsecondary success. We will create a joyful and engaging learning environment and celebrate achievement.
Personalization of support and learning through a unique human capital model: LAB is designed to support and motivate students with a wide range of learning needs. We will ensure that students who are behind are brought up to grade level, and that students who are ahead receive additional challenges to keep them engaged. To do this, LAB is pioneering a unique human capital model that allows for a wealth of personalized instruction during the school day through the LAB Corps Fellowship.
Extended personalized learning time: The LAB school day runs from 8:30am to 5:15pm. LAB provides 1:1 and small group tutoring to extend personalized learning time during and after school. Our web-based learning management system, Cortex, generates personalized learning plans to ensure that each student achieves breakthroughs in learning. LAB offers additional support during school breaks
and select weekends.
Family partnership: LAB’s mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond requires dedication and determination from individuals inside and outside of the classroom, so we develop strong partnerships with community leaders, parents, teachers, and administrators. LAB regularly communicates with families in person, digitally, on paper, and via phone to share information about academic and behavioral progress. These communications channels, as well as our regularly scheduled family nights, conferences, and parent leadership council, create robust opportunities for families to engage with our school.
Our Model and Core Values
LAB will provide a rigorous academic program focused on the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to master core academic subjects in preparation for success in college and careers. Scholars will receive a structured civic and leadership education so that all of our graduates are prepared to be active and productive citizens in their communities. To enliven the kind of school that we are seeking to create, all members of the LAB community are expected to adhere to the following CREED:
Careers at Brooklyn LAB
Teaching at Brooklyn Lab is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and areas for growth of each of their scholars. By design, our schools are small communities where every scholar is known.
The role of the teacher is to empower scholars to own their learning. Teachers at Brooklyn Lab plan by deeply understanding scholar data, using our personalized learning platform Cortex and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their scholars to move forward on their progression towards mastery of grade level content. This planning and the use of data requires our teachers to consider not only how scholars bring together core content knowledge with both cognitive skills and our CREED values which stress entrepreneurial learning and scholar voice. Our teachers are constantly focused on how to prepare our scholars for the world beyond the classroom and to succeed in jobs that don’t exist yet and we can’t even imagine.
In addition to teaching their course, our faculty understands the value of collaboration. They share best practices across the network, mentor young educators who serve as Fellows, get and implement feedback from coaches and their instructional lead and work as a team to provide their scholars with a high-quality education.
Our focus on the whole scholar and in building our school community has established Brooklyn Lab as one of the best middle schools in the country for academic growth – adding two and three years of academic growth on average for our scholars. We invite you to be part of a transformation in education and to inspire a diverse a group of scholars with a lifelong love of learning.
I have been working at Brooklyn LAB Charter School full-time (More than 3 years)
Strong leadership at the high school
A huge change in culture with the new team
Long hours compared to the DOE
Advice to Management
This is my best year at Brooklyn Lab and I am really enjoying being a member of the high school team. I love our leadership and the focus on coaching and supporting kids. I appreciate that the leadership of the school listened to teachers last year and made changes both in structures and personnel. I hope that people who read the negative reviews look at what actual parents and employees say about the school.
Inconsiderate HR. You'll get moved forward on the first phone interview and then get told to a bizarre 6 minute demo lesson in a one-way interview platform **within 24 hours**. Then once you prepare and deliver that lesson, and setup the requested second Zoom interview, they'll cancel the second interview you made and get the canned "no" email without any feedback. If that's how they treat candidates in the hiring process, imagine how they treat their teachers once their hired. With charter schools, just say no.
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