PENCIL inspires innovation and improves student achievement by partnering business leaders with public schools. Our programs share a common premise: by bringing together the best ideas, talent and resources across sectors, we can create real change in our schools.
Mr. Frank J. Bisignano has been Chief Executive Officer at First Data Corporation since April 29, 2013. Mr. Bisignano serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Citigroup / Solomon Smith Barney Corporate Investment Bank. He serves as Deputy Chief Operations and Technology Officer for Citigroup. He served as Co-Chief Operating Officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. from July 2012 to April 28, 2013, where he worked extensively with BLHS. He donated the school library and spent a lot fo time working with the students of BLHS and advocating on our behalf. The school looks to cotinue their partnership with Mr. Bisignano as he enteres his new position!
Paid for by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum’s mission is to act as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in the Museum's collections, and the unique experience of each visitor. Museum educators realize this mission by modeling a way of learning that helps K–12 students and teachers construct meaning by interacting with works of art. The Focus Unit program is designed for several teachers working together in one grade from one school. The program is comprised of a three-hour planning workshop at the Museum for all participating teachers as well as two Museum visits per class. Teachers and museum educators work together to choose the lessons that integrate most effectively in classroom curricula. Each school must assign a coordinator to oversee the collaboration.
East Brooklyn Congregations – EBC is the Brooklyn affiliate of Industrial Areas Foundation. It is a multi-denominational union of various congregations and community groups from all over Eastern Brooklyn. EBC was instrumental in the creation of our school and continues to be an active force in our school’s development. Additionally, EBC trains many members of our school community in community activism. EBC also hosts many of its events at our school.