John B. Russwurm P.S. 197M is the proud host of the first SOLE Laboratory in America! Located in Harlem, New York City, we inspire students to ask and solve Big Questions while teaching each other the intricate paths of knowledge. After more than 400 SOLE sessions. We have seen students ages 3 -12 excitedly collaborate with each other, think of creative ways to solve question to ignite curiosity and a passion for learning.
Harlem has been known internationally as both, the heart of African-American culture, artistry and political activism, and for over 70 years, it became a symbol of urban decay, poverty, and political neglect. It has some of the lowest performing schools in New York City. Recently, gentrification and commercial development have swept Harlem and long-time residents have felt left out and pushed out.
The creative principal at PS197 invited us to Harlem to bring our cutting edge learning approach to this location to help close the achievement and opportunity gaps, to excite these young students' curiosity and to empower them to take their place in the future of Harlem.
Now, we are eager to provide high quality teacher training. It is our goal to inspire teachers to develop meaningful projects in the classroom to empower students to reclaim Harlem. This current year, our students explored some of the issues in Harlem such as the lack of green areas, garbage collection problems, and littering. Most importantly, students discovered how these problems impacted their lives and asked teachers and administration to help them start an initiative to make Harlem better. With your help, these are the kind of projects we would like to encourage.
SOLE-NYC is a unique lab because it is the only of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and placed in the most diversed city in the world. This makes our research efforts particularly rich. We seek to understand how students self-organize for learning. We are investigating the impact of SOLE on students' reading comprehension, critical thinking and social skills while directly transforming the lives of the children we work with everyday.
Please help support our efforts to redesign how students learn.