Our “Build the Bronx” initiative has focused on sourcing lifelong educators from the community and for the community. ECS has found that individuals who reside in the neighborhoods in which they teach are more likely to be committed to and invested in the success of its schools. This supports both the pipeline for high-quality instructional staff as well as the longevity and retention of highly valued teachers. “Build the Bronx” began with establishing relationships with teacher and school leader preparation programs at local and regional colleges and universities. Currently, ECS has active partnerships with Monroe College, NYU Steinhardt, and Manhattanville College. These partnerships allow pre-service education majors to conduct field placements, practicums, residencies/fellowships, and student teaching hours at our schools.