School in the Square (S2) engages, educates and empowers adolescents in Washington Heights to respond mindfully and creatively to life’s opportunities and challenges. S2 draws its name from the concept of the public square, where communities come together to solve problems and celebrate successes. We envision S2 as a place where students, families and educators are seen, heard and inspired, and where students build the academic foundations, emotional intelligence and leadership skills necessary to excel in college and professional life. In line with our commitment to equity and diversity, S2 is dedicated to serving all students by providing a differentiated and inclusive learning environment.

Mr. Alan Dichter


Alan is an experienced educational leader, with a strong background in facilitative leadership development and high school reform. Alan has extensive building and district leadership experience (including HS Principal and Local Instructional Superintendent in NYC and Director of Leadership Development for Portland Public Schools) as well as over 20 years of designing professional development programs focused on leadership and effective collaboration. Alan has more than 25 years’ experience with national school reform efforts including the Coalition of Essential Schools, the Annenberg Institute and the School Reform Initiative. He is co-author of The Power of Protocols and Going Online with Protocols as well as numerous articles on leadership and school reform. Alan is currently the Affinity Group Leader for 23 NYC Public 6-12, 9-12 and 9-14 schools. These schools have a unique partnership with the City University of New York.

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