About the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
Location: Astoria, NY
Setting: Urban
Lunches: 47% free and reduced
Grades: 6–12
Size: 600 students, 40 teachers

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Dirty Hands, Engaged Minds: Passion-Forward Project-Based Learning with “Intensives”

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December 15, 2019, 9:00 p.m. (ET), #PrinLeaderChat


At The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, we have made innovation a part of our model. As a 6–12 all-girls public school in New York City, we pride ourselves on leading the way for the next generation of leaders with real-world learning, in real time, with real experts! How do we do this? For two weeks, our regular courses stop, and we “Intensify”:

  • Consider how you can play with time! We dedicate ten full days, five hours a day, working with the same group of students on one project that culminates in a public exposition.
  • See how students are assessed on skills, not grades, across assignments—providing them multiple opportunities to work on the same skill in a variety of ways.
  • Learn about skills that are transferable across content areas in the real world and, therefore, fit seamlessly into our “Intensives.”

About the Principal

Allison Persad is the principal of The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of Astoria, NY. She is a 2019 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year. Follow her on Twitter at @apersad.