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Newark Board of Education and Parsons Announce New Partnership

The Newark Board of Education, together with Parsons, will launch a new collaboration this Fall, the Newark School of Fashion and Design (NSFD) powered by Parsons School of Design. The partnership will leverage the Parsons education model by supplying students in grades 9-12 with a strong design foundation guided by the Parsons principles of sustainability, innovation, and inclusivity.

In close alignment with the Newark Board of Education, Parsons will lead the development and design of the syllabi for courses at NSFD, while also creating a framework for the four-year curriculum journey for all students. The curriculum will follow the Parsons pedagogy with a focus on innovation, diversity, and teaching students how to unlock the power of fashion in order to spark systemic societal change.

“The collaboration with The New School’s Parsons School of Design is an example of the district’s broader strategy to leverage the expertise of higher education institutions to strengthen the academic rigor at district high schools,” shared Roger León, Newark Board of Education Superintendent.

“Empowering diverse high school students to understand and choose from among the myriad career possibilities in fashion and other creative fields is a critical priority at Parsons as we seek to ensure that the next generation of designers truly reflects our society,” said Rachel Schreiber, Executive Dean of Parsons. “Our unique educational approach is grounded in an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates real-world learning projects into the classroom, which allows students to explore some of the most pressing issues of our time through design.”

The NSFD partnership highlights Parsons’ commitment to broadening access to art and design education for communities who have traditionally been underrepresented in creative disciplines. As part of the program, there will be increased access and opportunity for NSFD students regarding the college application and career development process. Students will learn the portfolio development process for university applications, attend admission sessions at Parsons, and gain exposure to possible career pathways. Parsons’ unique educational approach is grounded in a multidisciplinary curriculum that integrates real-world learning projects throughout all of its programs, which allow students to explore some of the most pressing issues of our time through design.

Further extensions of the program include opportunities for industry collaborations at NSFD supported by Parsons School of Design, attendance for NSFD students to Parsons events on campus in New York City, and workshop opportunities for faculty and staff on topics such as “Contemporary Fashion Systems and the Impact on Society” and “Garment Construction & Prototyping Experimentation.”

“This partnership is a major milestone in the quest to unlocking creativity, talent, and hidden treasures awaiting students at the Newark School of Fashion & Design,” shared Sakina Pitts, Principal of Newark School of Fashion & Design.

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