Programs & Initiatives Center

In addition to the Bridge Year program which serves the THHS seniors, CPP runs other programs for the benefit of the wider THHS student body. See the links to the right for more information about each program.

  • The Election Simulation is a yearly happening, with the entire school actively witnessing and role-playing a position in a participatory democracy.
  • Visiting Professors’ Program is a wonderfully malleable program which caters to the requests and interests of particular courses at THHS and matches them with QC faculty for a one-time presentation or a more extensive “mini-course.”
  • The Humanities Lecture Series is designed to complement work done in the HTH courses by the THHS seniors. QC faculty from various disciplines offer context and analysis of core texts.

Initiatives 2013-2014

  • Writing Fellow:  CPP, in collaboration with WaQ (Writing at Queens), has secured a writing fellow devoted to our HTH courses and the writing curriculum at the high school for the 2013-14 academic year.  Christopher Ian Foster, a doctoral candidate in English at  the CUNY Graduate Center, has experience with the development of College Writing 2 courses across the disciplines at Queens College. He is working in conjunction with the WaQ faculty, Rafal Olechowski (AP of Humanities at THHS) and Robin Hizme (CPP Director) to produce a shared writing vocabulary, develop workshops, and reinvigorate the writing curriculum. Ian will hold weekly office hours at THHS for students and will run a variety of small group workshops to strengthen key writing skills throughout the year. His schedule is available on the Writing Fellows Calendar in The Student Center.
  • CPP’s Technology Initiative aims to strengthen student engagement with technology with the goals of increasing digital literacy and elevating  research, writing, and collaboration skills. Read more here.
  • Program assessment is under way during 2013-2014. All bridge year students will be filling out a survey in the fall and the spring to assess the effectiveness of the HTH courses on student confidence and proficiency with academic and technological skills. The survey was composed by a team of CPP staff and faculty with Dr. Limarys Caraballo as a consultant. Professor Caraballo (Department of Secondary Education), whose work focuses on students’ multiple identities and literacies and academic achievement, provided assistance in designing survey items that minimize instrument bias and maximize the collection of qualitative data from students regarding their academic experiences, as well as developing approaches to data analysis. Results from the survey will be utilized to assist us as we refine the bridge year experience, ensuring that our Humanities program remains a key component in assisting THHS seniors transition to college level standards.

We are also strengthening other connections between the QC and THHS communities, such as with the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Aaron Copland School of Music.

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