January 23, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SANDRA D’AVILAR

Dear Brooklyn North,

We have so much exciting news to share with you in this edition. On Wednesday, January 22nd, we had our Brooklyn North Field Day with our First Deputy Chancellor, Ms. Cheryl Watson-Harris and some of her team members. Our day proved to be not only meaningful, but exciting. We started our day at the Borough Office reflecting on our impact within schools. This time allowed us to question our WHY, and it also allowed us to share our School Link and Up Learning systems which are a part of our progress monitoring. We received so many great recommendations from our Deputy Chancellor on how we can have more of an impact with our systems. We took to the road and visited 19K108 to see members of Anthony Pizzillo's MLL/ELL team at their best. It was impressive to see the ILF work come alive through a dual language class that included teachers from D.19 and D.23. The D.23 teachers were engaged in an intervisitation to the D.19 school. Atara Boker and her team were none less than impressive as they worked with their teacher teams! We all walked away in awe with the cross pollination that we witnessed. We continued our field day to P.S.150 where we saw the work that was occurring in the lower grades, and were able to provide the principal with some quick fixes to push best practices in order to move student progress. Can you imagine the knowledge that existed in the room with the Deputy Chancellor and her team, our Executive Superintendent, District Superintendent and Deputy, Principal Quarles, her Assistant Principal, the DCI, Andrew Gallagher, and me? We shared so many best practices which the principal was elated to receive with an opened mind. We are happy to share that our BCO has donated the first set of books to the new P.S.150 library. Our day finally concluded with a tour of the Brooklyn Jewish Children's Museum. We will soon be able to share our plans for a strong partnership with this institution. Our work will be centered around our non-bias and equity for all. As always, our audience will be the children of Brooklyn North.

Our excitement will continue on Monday, January 27th, when the NYSED Assistant Commissioner, Jason Harmon, visits our BCO. He is expected to tour the fifth floor and visit a few of our meetings. Thank you to those of you who have rearranged your schedules on Monday to take part in the meetings. This will allow us to showcase the work we do here in Brooklyn North.

I intend to continue my visits to our schools as a means to see the work, and to take part in the work. My greatest joy is being able to help push teacher practice so that our children can learn at enormous rates. I also intend on visiting the monthly Principal conferences with Zosia our ILF thought partner from the central office. This is being done in an effort to learn more about the work you are doing and to provide you with support. Thank you Superintendent Winnicki, Deputy Superintendent Lozada and Superintendent Martin for agreeing to our visits. You all have awesome ILF work happening within your districts, and I am sure the impact will be amazing. I look forward to being a thought partner with all of you so that we can spread the wealth of best practices around our Brooklyn North community.

Just a few reminders as we continue the work. Let us ensure that it is centered around the priorities and hallmarks our schools have selected, and that it is all reflective of our students' data and our CEP goals. Let us create numerous opportunities to coach-in with our teachers. Let us make sure we are providing meaningful feedback, and that we include our superintendents/district staff and directors in our communication threads so that we are all on the same page. Let us grow in this work together and collaborate a lot more. I am always excited about learning new things, and hearing about your work. As we grow our work, let us make sure it is wholesome, organic and rigorous.

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

Upcoming Deadlines/Meetings/Events:

1/27 - Brooklyn North visit by NYSED Assistant Commissioner

1/28 - Brooklyn North Leadership meeting in District 14

2/3 - Leading for Equity for Brooklyn North Leadership and Principal Advisory Members

2/4 - Brooklyn North Leadership meeting, District team meetings, and Cabinet-Level Committee meetings

2/11 - Citywide Leadership Meeting

2/14 - Last day to complete the Sexual Harassment Training

2/17-2/21 - Schools closed for Winter Break

2/25 - District Principal Meetings

Week of January 20, 2020

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

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

3. The Brooklyn Navy Yard has a number of exhibits and programs that may be of interest to school communities.

4. There is still a chance for youth to join a potentially life-changing opportunity. Please pass this information along to any clients, youth, community members and anyone who can benefit.

Help us to help them find a career path!

Register for HSE- High School Equivalency and Paid Internship Program by clicking this link: https://tinyurl.com/OBTAdvance-Earn

Register for Digital Marketing and Paid Internship Program by clicking this link: https://tinyurl.com/DigMarketingOBT

5. The US Census is hiring. Visit their website to apply online.

6. Touro Graduate School of Education is hosting the 2nd Annual How to Become a NYC Public School Teacher event on January 23, 2020 at 5:30pm.

7. You are invited to Kinvolved's free community summit on January 27th so that you can learn how we’re supporting over 150 NYC DOE schools to reduce chronic absenteeism and improve student outcomes.

At the summit, you’ll meet school leaders, community stakeholders, district administrators, non-profits, and government staff that will be gathering to discuss and share research-based family engagement practices that have led to improved student outcomes. You can RSVP here.

8. Verizon Innovative Learning and Arizona State University are looking for teams of innovative educators at Title I middle schools to apply for a free elective curriculum and technology kit. Through the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to learn about emerging technology, like augmented reality or virtual reality, and use this technology to develop a creative solution to a social challenge. Applications will be accepted until January 31st.

9. The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school to apply for free books for Read Across America Day (February 10, 2020) or other literacy events. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders must be received by February 10, 2020. Please share this information with your fellow educators. The order form can be found here.