Dr Claire E. Sylvan 

Internationals Network for Public Schools, New York City, U.S.A.


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Claire E. Sylvan is the founding Executive Director and President of Internationals Network for Public Schools (New York City), a national leader in educational innovation providing recent immigrant English language learners with a high quality public education, pathways to college and full participation in democratic society. Since its incorporation in 2004, Internationals Network has substantially increased the number of affiliated International High Schools while sustaining and deepening a dynamic collaborative network based on a quarter of a century of excellence and school based practice. Currently, there are seventeen International High Schools, fourteen in NYC, one each in Oakland and San Francisco, California, and a small learning community in Alexandria, Va.  Internationals Network also supports other schools and districts in building their capacity to support English language learners and was recently awarded a prestigious in Innovation federal grant to further develop this work.

A nationally recognized expert and practitioner in both school reform and the education of immigrant and English language learners, Claire is passionate about providing all students but particularly immigrant students and English language learners, with personalized and cutting edge educational opportunities. Claire’s efforts at Internationals Network focus on the organization’s strategy, core values, partnerships, leadership development and fundraising.

Claire has developed innovative programs and practices for diverse populations of new learners of English in various New York City public schools, led the Internationals Schools Partnership (the early network of International High Schools) and piloted the groundbreaking Early College Program at International High School at LaGuardia. She has also researched and published articles documenting the cross-section of educational reform and language development programs for immigrants and their children. Claire attended McGill University and Brooklyn College as an undergraduate and received masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.