Schools of Promise

Schools of Promise logoSchools of Promise is a partnership between Syracuse University School of Education and local schools and school districts. This partnership aims to improve elementary schools for all students, especially students who have traditionally not been successful in schools, including students with disabilities, students learning English, students of color, and students from low-income families. Schools of Promise demonstrates the importance of creating more inclusive spaces where all learners have the chance to be successful.

Schools of Promise has proven to make a difference. In its first two years of implementation, the Schools of Promise in the Syracuse City School District that are committing to inclusive environments have seen an increase in test scores across all populations of learners, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

Summer Leadership Institute

This interactive three-day school leadership institute will utilize the latest research, national presenters and key lessons from practice necessary to create equitable and excellent schools for all students. The institute places a particular focus on the inclusion of students with disabilities, special education, and issues of belonging and learning for all students.

Learn more about this year's Summer Leadership Institute


Past and current Schools of Promise Partnerships include: Salem Hyde Elementary, John T. Roberts Elementary, and Dr. Weeks Elementary (all in the Syracuse City School District); Sandy Creek School District; Dryden School District; Aurburn Enlarged City School District; Sandy and North Syracuse Central School District.

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SOP's Guiding Principles:

Include. Teachers and administrators work together to create schools where all students are placed and taught in the general education classroom in heterogenous groups.

Belong. The focus is on developing an authentic sense of belonging for all students and staff.

Learn. Including all students improves student learning.

For more information, please contact: George Theoharis at or (315) 443-5271.