Dear Elementary School Principals,

Thus far approximately half the Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens have participated in the Curriculum Leadership Team program at St. John’s University.

We are now in the process of determining who may be interested in participating in Cohort IV.  The institute is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the common core standards and give your team the necessary tools to adapt your school’s curriculum to the standards.

The CLT program involves a week long conference during late summer – August 18 through 22, 2014   The day begins with breakfast at 8:00 AM with the professional development sessions beginning at 8:30 AM.  Lunch is provided and the day ends at 2:00 PM.

It is important to note that each team must include at least 3 to 5 educators from your school.  The principal must attend in addition to a lead English language arts teacher and a lead mathematics teacher for a minimum of 3 team members.  If you wish, you can include an lower/upper English language arts teacher and an upper/lower mathematics teacher for a total of 5 team members.

In addition to the week of professional development in August, there are 5 Saturday sessions dispersed throughout the academic year – exact dates to be determined.  Saturday sessions begin with breakfast at 8:00 AM with the professional development session beginning at 8:30 AM and ending at 12 Noon.

If your school has not participated in this program, and you wish to, email me at and cc Catherine Kenny at  Please put CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP TEAM COHORT IV in the subject line of your email.

At this point, I am surveying to discern interest, at a later date the formal registration form will be posted.

It is also important to note that there is NO COST to your school to participate. The program is generously funded by St. John’s University through the Catholic School Institute.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With best regards,
Mr. Anthony Biscione
Senior Deputy Superintendent of Schools