December 19, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SANDRA D’AVILAR

Dear Brooklyn North,

Happy Holidays to you all! I wish you a warm and peaceful time of year. I want to thank everyone for their continued work on the CEP revisions. Superintendents, please remember that Central is asking you all to ensure feedback is given and utilized in schools. There is also a focus on progress monitoring as we come to the end of our first quarter. We must begin to look closely at the impact of the work that has been done thus far. CEPs, PPOs, PLs, and school visits all provide evidence of impact. BCO Directors, where appropriate, please continue to develop action plans with your team members to evidence the impact of work being done in each school.

Please remind principals that register projections are now open for school year 2020-21. The deadline to review, agree, and/or appeal projections is Friday, January 3, 2020. Principals are encouraged to review projections for each grade prior to clicking agree. The Office of Student Enrollment, the BCO, and the Office of District Planning will be reviewing projections between January 6th and March 3rd. Final projections will be posted on March 10th. Contact your respective budget director for assistance.

Also, a friendly reminder that all Weekly News submissions are due by 3pm on Wednesday.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning for the toy wrapping! Breakfast will be provided that was generously donated. Remember to wear your ugly sweater for some holiday fun and for teams that are here today, please decorate your office door if you have time!

Please see attached for a listing of upcoming events and important dates.

Upcoming Deadlines/Meetings/Events:

12/20—Brooklyn North Toy Drive Wrapping Party

12/23-1/1-NYC Winter Recess

1/7/20—Brooklyn North Leadership meeting, District team meetings, and Committee meetings

1/9/20—I WILL GRADUATE DAY 2020

1/28/20—Brooklyn North Leadership meeting in District 14

2/14/20—Last day to complete the Sexual Harassment Training

6/4/20—Youth Summit

1. Please view the opportunities on the Special Education professional learning calendar and the SESIS professional learning calendar.

2. Please find the High School Science opportunities here.

3. Are your Latino HS students or the children of your clients, within the 7th Congressional District (or anywhere in NYC) interested in learning more about Civics in a hands on capacity? Encourage them over the Winter Break to research and apply for the R2L Next Gen Summer program in Washington, DC!!! Share this flyer with students and if you have any questions, please contact Dennis Gonzalez of R2L Next Gen at dgonzalez@chci.org.

4. The Fresh Air Fund’s safe and fun summer sleepaway programs are provided at no charge to NYC families. Visit their website for additional information and see here.

5. Please share this flyer with middle schools announcing the annual principals’ forum on January 22nd. This is an opportunity to meet the principals of the Specialized High Schools.

6. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation invites middle- and high- school American history teachers to apply for the WW HistoryQuest Fellowship. This expenses-paid program uses the power of games, play, and digital tools to transform both teacher practice and student engagement. The Fellowship begins with a five-day workshop in Princeton, NJ on July 26–31, 2020 and continues with support and networking throughout the year. Fellows will learn to tie standards-based games to the curriculum, integrate them into the classroom, create their own games, and assess learning outcomes. All school administrators are urged to encourage their top social studies teachers to apply for this exciting summer fellowship.

7. I WILL GRADUATE DAY NYC is a youth empowerment event and a celebration of education to inspire the youth of NYC and provide powerful messages about the importance of educational excellence. I WILL GRADUATE DAY NYC is declared via OFFICIAL proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council of New York. The theme for the day is The STEM Revolution: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. Please share with schools.

8. Sadie Nash Leadership Project is currently accepting applications for Site Leaders to oversee a Summer Institute location in Newark, NJ, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. They are looking for folks with a strong background in youth development, social justice, and out-of-school programming. This candidate will ideally be skilled at building and/or working within a cohesive team. This is a great position for folks who may come out of community organizing, academia, or social work and are eager to help shape creative approaches to social justice youth education. Thank you for helping us build our Summer team! The deadline to apply is January 10, 2020. You can learn more about the work we do at Sadienash.org. Please share with anyone who may be interested.

9. The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free residential journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over 10 days, students live on campus at Princeton University and learn reporting skills from professional journalists. They also attend lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton professors. Participants hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event from the press box, attend a play or theatrical production, visit 3-4 major news outlets, and interview subjects for their feature stories in the Princeton Summer Journal. After the program, students are paired with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist, to help them through their application process. Program dates: Friday, July 31 – Monday, August 10, 2020. The online application is available on the website and due no later than Monday, February 17, 2020. Please note that students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process here. Please share this opportunity with schools.