PS 29 John M. Harrigan School | 425 Henry St | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (718) 330-9277800-123-456


Literacy work at PS 29 is supported through the collaboration with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. As a Project School, PS 29 benefits from part-time staff developers, workshops throughout the school year, yearlong study groups for administrators and teachers, and summer institutes.


PS 29 is known as a model literacy school. We are also a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project School. Our Literacy program is embedded in a student-centered literature-based workshop curriculum. The structure of Reader’s Workshop, which takes place daily in kindergarten through fifth grade, includes a mini-lesson (brief whole class teacher-directed instruction which may be based on a read aloud or shared reading); a time when children are reading (independently, with partners, in reading centers, in book clubs or in guided reading groups) while teachers are conferring or meeting with small groups; and a shared time. Classroom libraries are filled with a variety of books organized in bins on shelves by topic, author, series and by level of difficulty. Teachers use a variety of tools to assess the abilities and needs of individual children throughout the course of workshop teaching. Reader’s Workshop is taught in units of study.

Literacy presentation from the Curriculum evening on May, 12, 2016

Literacy Presentation May, 12, 2016

Handouts from our Reading Morning, January 16th, 2014

Ways to help your child by reading level.

Book Suggestions–Levels A through Z.


The structure of Writer’s Workshop, which also takes place daily in grades kindergarten through fifth, includes a mini-lesson; a time when children are writing and the teacher is conferring; and a shared time. From kindergarten through second grade, children keep their writing in folders. Starting in third grade, children keep writer’s notebooks. Writer’s Workshop, like reading, is taught in units of study, including some genre studies as well as other studies such as craft or a revision study. Each unit culminates in a publication/writing celebration.

Literacy work at PS 29 is supported through a collaboration with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Units are aligned with Common Core State Standards.


At PS 29, we believe strongly that math must make sense to our students.  To that end, our curriculum and teaching methods put deep conceptual understanding first.  We encourage students to see mathematics as a broad subject that involves investigating, exploring, talking, representing ideas with tools and visual models, and recognizing the underlying structure of our number system and the ways in which the operations work.  Our curriculum, Engage New York, is closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards and New York’s Next Generation Learning Standards.  We also supplement our curriculum with teacher-created lessons and tasks that give students lots of opportunities to develop mathematical ideas, share their thinking with others, and learn from the members of their classroom math communities.  Our staff engages in regular professional development around mathematics content and teaching methods, with the support of our in-house math coach.

NEW! Math Coach & Intervention/Enrichment Teacher

We are thrilled to have Kim Van Duzer as a Math Coach & Intervention/Enrichment Teacher this school year.  If you missed Kim’s presentation during September’s Curriculum Evening, please find her very informative presentations below.

Math Presentation, Grades K-2

Math Presentation, Grades 3-5

Kim’s Parent Resources Recommendations

Youcubed is an organization found by Dr. Jo Boaler at Stanford University.  Youcubed is the home of the Week of Inspirational Math, and an organization focused in part on disseminating neuroscience research related to how children learn mathematics.  The parent resources section of the Youcubed site has a number of articles that are in line with our beliefs about teaching and learning math at PS 29.


Math presentation from the Curriculum evening on May, 12, 2016

Math Presentation May, 12, 2016

Resources to learn more:

Social Studies

Social Studies is taught by our classroom teachers and over the past several years, teachers have come together to write, rethink, revise and revamp units of study. Our focus on diversity and multiculturalism continues to help teachers working on our social studies curriculum to think more about diverse perspectives. We align our Social Studies curriculum with New York State Standards using a workshop model that integrates reading, writing and research-based projects. The general topics by grade are:

  • Pre-K—Myself
  • Kindergarten—Family and School Community
  • 1st Grade—My Neighborhood
  • 2nd Grade—New York City
  • 3rd Grade—Communities Around the World
  • 4th Grade—U.S. History from Native Americans Through the American Revolution
  • 5th Grade—U.S. History from Post-Revolution to the Present


Social and Emotional Learning

The 4 R’s program ( Reading, Writing, Respect and Resolution) integrates social and emotional learning and the language arts for pre-kindergarten to 5th grade:

  • Creates school-wide language related to building community, expressing emotions and problem solving
  • Units include: Building Community, Feelings, Listening, Assertiveness, Problem Solving, Diversity and Making a Difference
  • To learn more about the 4 R’s program click here.



Below are some examples of outside organizations we collaborate with for enrichment programs during the school day.

  • Chess Instruction
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Dance & Movement
  • Brooklyn Arts Exchange
  • New Victory Theatre
  • Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory of Music: 4th & 5th grade optional lunchtime instrumental (band) program. Instruments include: Sax, clarinet, flute, trombone, percussion, trumpet.


Enrichment Clusters: Parent and teacher-run classes that meet once a week in 8-week cycles. Children are broken up in small groups (6-12 students) to explore a topic of interest.

  • Grades 1-2: Fall
  • K: Spring
  • Grades 3-5: Spring


Families as Learning Partners:

  • First Friday of (nearly) every month, first period.
  • Parents are invited to join their child and the class to read, play math games, write poetry, create an art project, speak about culture or personal history etc