In the summer of 2017, the New York City Department of Education invited 11 NYC public schools to participate in a pilot of Agile Mind’s Academic Youth Development (AYD) as part of their Algebra for All Initiative. They sought to build students’ capacity as learners and strengthen their readiness for Algebra I, and to build educators’ capacity in supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD). The program’s success led to its expansion in the summer of 2018, when 46 NYC schools implemented AYD.
The highly positive outcomes for students and teachers across NYC prompted a decision to expand once more in summer of 2019, in both the number of schools participating and in the grade range of students served. Agile Mind developed AYD programs for upper elementary and early middle school students in New York City to develop their SEL/SEAD competencies, learning mindsets, problem-solving skills, and capacity with challenging, grade-appropriate mathematics.