The Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program was established as part of the new contract between the UFT, CSA and the DOE. The PROSE program enables schools who have a demonstrated record of effective school leadership, collaboration, and trust to implement innovative practices outside of existing rules. Administrators and teachers in 164 PROSE schools
collaboratively engage in reflective conversations which surface practices and systems that improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness. These conversations also reveal practices that may need improvement to increase school metrics. In either case, these conversations make way for collaborative schools to engage in an application and voting process to modify the UFT contract and/or Chancellor's/State regulations. Upon a successful application and passing vote, schools can then leverage granted flexibilities to build upon current practices.
Think of this process as a School Based Option with a higher voting threshold of 65%, a greater reach regarding contractual modifications, and a longer implementation period of five years. The PROSE overview documents
provide more information regarding mission and metrics. The PROSE Periodicals
provide more information regarding school flexibilities and implementation.