Ailene Altman Mitchell

Ailene Altman MitchellAilene Altman Mitchell has been principal of The Park Slope Education Complex at Middle School 88 in NYC since 2005, and she has been engaged in educational leadership and instruction for over twenty years. She is recognized for having transformed M.S. 88 from one of the most challenged New York City Public Schools into one of the most prominent middle schools in the United States. She turned around the school and placed committed teachers from Teach for America, NYC Teaching Fellows, Brooklyn College education students, and Columbia University interns to create a culture of collaboration, integration and innovation.

M.S. 88 is based on a unique system of collaborative curriculum development and integrated, project-based learning. M.S. 88 is a site-study school for other educational programs such as School of One, and GK-12. It was one of the first host model schools in Chancellor Carmen Farina’s signature instructional initiative, Learning Partners Program. It is the anchor school for The Earth Institute at Columbia University. With a $2-million dollar grant she launched the School of One, a personalized blended learning math curriculum, and secured over $3-million dollars in funding to overhaul three science labs with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Grant and a 2012 Cahn Fellow. She has served as participant in the Institute for Learning-University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Master’s Degree in Science (Major in School Administration), a Master’s Degree in Education and a BA in Psychology.