It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Richard Risio, a teacher, a colleague, and a dear friend of ours died on Monday June 16 of a sudden cardiac arrest. We have conveyed our community’s condolences and deepest sympathy to his partner Carlos and to his family.
We understand that this unexpected and devastating news may be difficult to reconcile with fond memories many of you have of Rich. His passion was in helping students grow – whether it was in their writing, their art, or in their sense of self-worth. He was loved by all, and we will miss him dearly.
A memorial service will be this Saturday, June 21, at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home at 199 Bleecker St. in Manhattan. The viewing time is between 11am and 1pm. There will be a very short service at 12pm. All are welcome to attend. (For those people working or attending Saturday school, a group of us will be leaving from school to go over at 11:30 to be at the service.)
We have also spoken with the family and have established a joint scholarship fund to encourage and support CAS students in applying to art schools. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to:
16 Clarkson St.
New York, NY 10014
Memo: Richard A. Risio Art Scholarship Fund
Seeks creative, reflective, and committed educators to become part of our vibrant learning community.
Our Model and Our Students
- Founded by Fred Koury and a team of teachers in 1972, we are an experiential learning transfer school serving students age 17-21 who have encountered obstacles to success in more traditional educational settings, ranging from disaffection to bullying to homelessness to family responsibilities.
- Guided by core values such as freedom, trust and responsibility, we re-engage a diverse population across the five boroughs in their own life plans, education, and communities through “learning by doing.”
- Each student with the aid of an advisor and internship coordinator self-selects a schedule that combines a 15-hour-per week internship with innovative in-house classes and seminars.
- As a member of the Consortium for Performance-Based assessment, we graduate students by portfolio rather than high-stakes testing. All City-As students graduate with a Regents Diploma and a personalized post-graduation plan.
Teaching at City-As
- All teachers at City-As-School are highly collaborative and learn from each other in a supportive professional community. We meet weekly in teams and departments to design curricula, share ideas materials and resources, collectively examine problems of practice, and brainstorm new and creative ways to engage our students in rigorous and meaningful inquiry in core subject-areas and interdisciplinary internships.
- All learning experiences at City-As-School use the principles of project-based learning to engage students in meaningful learning that is ultimately shared with an authentic audience. We see ourselves as the facilitators of learning for our students and support our students in engaging in the inquiry process through guiding questions and clear project instructions. Our teachers attend professional development often, both inside and outside of our school, and we are always looking to better our practices for the benefit of our students.
- As a transfer school serving youth who have become alienated from school, socio-emotional learning plays a significant role in the life of our school. While our faculty are all content-area experts and skilled practitioners, we all believe that we teach youth first and support them in addressing personal challenges and in growing holistically just as we support them in their intellectual pursuits.
Getting More Information and Applying
- Applicants should be familiar with or open to learning about working in an education community that holds these values and beliefs about education.
|The best candidates will have:
- A desire to work collaboratively in teams and engage in ongoing professional learning
- A background in project-based learning and performance-based assessment
- Connections with New York City businesses and nonprofit organizations
- Several years of experience working with older students
- The best candidates will also have the potential to be internship coordinators.
- We welcome prospective candidates come to an OPEN HOUSE to get a chance to be able to see the school in action and to meet staff and students. The next open houses will be on Saturday 5/31 from 12-2 and Saturday 6/7 from 12-2.
If you are interested in applying for a position,please send a resume and cover letter to
Alan Cheng at firstname.lastname@example.org and Rachel Seher email@example.com.