february 28, 2020



Dear Brooklyn North,

As we come to the end of Black History Month and Heart Health Month, I hope that you found something to spark your attention, providing you with the urge to research it even more. This month I learned that Ms. Jane Bolin was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School. She was the first to join the New York City Bar Association and the first to join the New York City Law Department. In terms of heart health month, I think it is safe to say that we should all be practicing more self-care and wellness since there is a direct correlation to our heart. By the way, did you know that our very own Brooklyn North's logo is a heart? Yes... we are the Pedagogy of Hope and Love.

Let us continue to unpack the ILF and other frameworks across each district and within all of our schools, ensuring that we utilize a common language to reinforce learning. Our BCO's system for cross pollination of information and best practices around this work is as such: Members of each committee belong to a District Team. The information acquired during each meeting must be shared during district meetings. For example the information shared during an ILF committee meeting should be shared during the DILT meetings. It should also be shared during the monthly Principal and Assistant Principal meetings. The work of the DILTs should be shared with the next level, which is the ILT of each of our schools. This work should be evident in classrooms as you continue to unpack the framework. Our central partner Zosia and I have been circulating around the various principal conferences to get an idea about the work that is happening. We are there to support you and our schools. Our visits are insightful and help to influence the work we do within our monthly committee meetings. In an effort to have your input around the work you are doing, we consider voices from the field as one of the most important factors around all that we do. Thank you for sharing your struggles and your successes with us. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and our children. ES Watts is reminding us to ensure that the work from our five committees is evident throughout all of our schools. We are also reminding everyone that our monthly committee and district team meetings are very important and your attendance is vital to our work being done successfully. Kindly look out for your invitations to these meetings scheduled for March 10th.

The Next Generation Learning Standards is expected to be implemented fully by the Fall of 2020, and assessed in grades 3-8 by the Spring of 2021. In an effort to support all of our schools, our BCO is working on a series of professional learning PowerPoints. These decks will provide all of us with a step by step approach to raise complete awareness and clarity around the NGLS. As central provides us with a series of training, starting in March, we will turn key this information across the schools. It is our hope to be able to create teams across the BCO and districts to provide as much awareness and support as possible.

In an effort to provide maximum support to all of our CSI and TSI schools, we have craved a partnership between the SILs and some of our BILs. We will meet on Tuesday to solidify this plan and to provide clarity for all involved. We will be reaching out to the superintendents with information so that we are all on the same page. As a reminder, all specialists must create an action plan of the work being done in schools. The plan must be shared with the administrative team of the school. Principals will be reminded to share these plans with their superintendents. All specialists must also use School Link to enter their information after the work is done. Make sure your entry is thorough, reflecting the standards you worked on, and the connections to the curriculum. In other words, represent your work well so that is well received and understood.

As a reminder, schools involved in A4A, and CS4A should be attending the various professional development sessions that are offered. You should be placing your information in STARS to show the work you are doing with CS4A. Please remember to read the Marshall Memo weekly and incorporate the articles in your work, where appropriate. We are also asking you to continue utilizing NBC Learn as much as possible since it provides great resources for classroom instruction across each grade. As we approach the month of March, our students should be provided with a heightened awareness of who they are as citizens of their community and our world. Various enriched activities should be planned to provide the students with more opportunities for project based work. There should be an awareness of the election process in our country. Our students' trips around the city should be providing them with a voice.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Najla Purdy who has joined the Teaching and Learning instructional team. She will be supporting schools in District 14. If you have not yet had a chance to meet her, please stop by room 505.

As we continue to face various forms of challenges and adversities, I must commend you all for the strength, camaraderie and sense of family that exist among us. Let us continue to support each other, so that we can continue to support our schools. Remember to practice self-care as much as possible.

Please see attached for a listing of upcoming events and important dates. As always, for all you continue to do, we thank you.

Upcoming Deadlines/Meetings/Events:

2/24 - 2/28 - Empathy Week 2020

3/2-3/6 - Civics for All Week

3/3 - Citywide Council on English Language Learners meeting

3/10 - Brooklyn North Leadership meeting, District meetings, and Cabinet Committee meetings

3/13 - Math Pi Day

Week of February 24, 2020

1. Schools should have received the letter from the Chief Operating Officer regarding coronavirus, as well as the FAQ. Please ensure schools share these documents with families.

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

3. Please see here for the high school science opportunities.

4. Please see here for the upcoming social studies opportunities.

5. As you may have noticed, the parent-teacher conference dates shared in Principals’ Weekly this week are different from those that have been shared in prior communications. This is an error—the dates of parent teacher conferences have not changed. You should continue planning for parent-teacher conferences using the original dates in the PTC Operations memo.

6. For easier access to School Link, you can use this code.

7. Tweets from the week:

· Scholastic (@Scholastic) tweeted at 0:27 PM on Wed, Feb 19, 2020:

In a new article for @ASCD Express, @GholdyM outlines a roadmap to improve and advance education for all students based on historical Black excellence: https://t.co/5cimv6K4hY #CultivatingGenius https://t.co/snzgLXHLBI


· Melanie Mendonca (@MendoncaMelanie) tweeted at 7:28 AM on Thu, Feb 20, 2020: Internship Program - Summer Term Job at City of New York in New York, New York | City & State New York Jobs https://t.co/HcLvgfg7yr


8. Please share these scholarship opportunities with high school students.

9. The Leadership Program has a number of programs that may be of interest to school communities. You can find the information here.

10. Laura Onwuka, ART Specialist, recently attended the NCT Symposium in Atlanta, and shared her feedback. All BCO team members attending conferences are asked to share their learning with the rest of the team.

11. West Side Campaign Against Hunger provides food to communities using their Mobile Market. The Mobile Market is a state- of the- art truck which brings healthy staples and fresh produce to partner organizations throughout Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. The truck serves up to 150 customers per visit and is on the road Tuesday-Friday. In addition to the Mobile Market, West Side Campaign Against Hunger would like to partner with organizations to provide free health screenings to Mobile Market customers. Among their partner sites are senior centers, religious institutions, local elected officials’ offices, and other CBOs. You can find the dates for the Mobile Market here.

12. If you missed the Sanford Harmony webinar, “Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves and our Society Thrive”, you can access it here and also register for the upcoming webinar, “Mindfulness for Educators”.

13. Westcoast Connection is an international student travel company dedicated to fostering incredible summer experiences to middle-school and high school age students. They offer all kinds of programs from active tours, adventure, pre-college enrichment, language immersion, and community service in many countries all around the world. To support this, they recruit many teachers or employees in the field of education to join our summer staff of over 300 people. The job descriptions can be found here.

14. The Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE) was created to address the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a second language (ESOL) special education teachers, bilingual teachers of students with speech and language disabilities, and bilingual pupil personnel professionals. This state-funded program funds $310 per credit for up to 15 credits from one of the 17 approved Colleges/Universities. For more information and the application, please visit their website: https://www.esboces.org/iti-bse.

15. Started by Ed Kirwan (Creator of www.empathy-week.com and freelance filmmaker/photographer @ www.edkirwan.co.uk) Empathy Week is developing the empathy young people need today, to be able to transform the world tomorrow. Set in the UK, Empathy Week begins February 24th and runs until February 28th. Please see the resources Ed and his team have put together.

16. 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

Cost: None. All program expenses, including meals, housing, airfare or train tickets to and from campus, are covered by the program.

Applying: The online application is available on our website and due no later than Sunday, March 1, 2020. Please note that students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process here.

17. Applications are still open for NYU Tandon’s Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program, a free program for 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Applications are due on March 1.

18. City Limits runs a paid internship program that teaches high school students the ins-and-outs of investigative journalism and news writing, with the chance for them to have their work published. They are currently accepting applications for the upcoming spring semester. It's a great opportunity for students who are interested in writing, current events, etc. The flyer can be found here, and you can find the application form here: https://citylimits.org/city-limits-clarify-internship-application/ The deadline to apply is March 1. The program is open to any NYC high school junior or senior.

19. The March 2nd application deadline is approaching for the Pratt Young Scholars! Please encourage interested students to apply, or to complete their applications if they are already working on them. If you have students who need assistance or have questions, please encourage them to speak with us directly by calling (718) 636-3654. Apply online by March 2, 2020. For additional information and application instructions, visit www.pratt.edu/scholars.

20. High school students who are interested in STEM can apply for a number of summer paid apprenticeship opportunities through the Army Educational Outreach Program. Additional information and eligibility requirements are on the website and applications are due by March 2, 2020.

21. The next Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) meeting will be March 3rd at 6:15 at the Tweed Courthouse. The flyer can be found here.

22. The application window is open for the Summer Internship Program in the Office of The New York City Comptroller. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program for the Fall 2020 semester. Successful candidates will have excellent communication and research skills and relevant education and experience. Program Term: Program term is 9 weeks, from June 8 to August 6, 2020. Application Period is open from January 2 - March 6, 2020.

23. Brooklyn North is celebrating Math Pi Day on March 13, 2020 at Math for America. This professional learning opportunity is open to the first 80 registrants and is geared towards math lead teachers, assistant principals, and principals. Please only register one attendee per school. The flyer and registration link can be found here and also in the Brooklyn North professional learning catalog.

24. High school students are encouraged to attend the 25th Annual John A. Gibbs Conference on Environmental Issues on Saturday, March 14, 2020. For more information and registration, visit the website.

25. On behalf of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and CUNY Rising Alliance you are cordially invited to join us to reflect and participate in a Know Your Rights Forum – How To Survive Dealing With The PolICE.

Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and CUNY Rising Alliance will host an event, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Know Your Rights Forum. The goal is to bring together our diverse communities under one roof to identify the procedures for engaging with the NYPD and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and to understand what public resources are available if arrested. We are asking all students and community members to bring their friends and family as we look to continue making this a united community. Please see the flyer and register here. Please share with middle and high school students.

26. Scholastic Education is hosting an event for Superintendents and Principals on March 31st at their office, located at 557 Broadway in Manhattan. Their unique comprehensive literacy program, Scholastic Literacy is now available on FAMIS, and is being rolled out to customers. Scholastic Literacy lead author, Dr. Donyall Dickey, is going to present, along with Lisa Thomas, Vice President of Adoptions and Customizations.

27. High school graduating senior scholars, in good academic standing, are invited to attend Brooklyn Prom Project’s (formerly Operation PROM, Brooklyn, Member of the Operation Prom National Network) Annual Prom Wear Giveaway. The giveaway will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 11 am – 3pm. Please see the flyer. In addition to beautiful prom dresses and accessories, there will also be tuxedos and suits available for men. Please distribute the flyer to your students, along with the attached application, and post in a visible location in your school. To receive a free prom dress, students MUST register by emailing the completed application to Shaniqua@helpprom.org. Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

28. The 2020 Global STEM Leadership Alliance Summit will take place July 12-16, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. The STEM Leadership Alliance aims to revolutionize STEM education to shape tomorrow’s workforce and change the world. Please visit the website for additional information and registration.