March 7, 2020



Dear Brooklyn North,

Happy Women's History Month. I am sure you would agree with me when I say that our world is filled with brave, strong and resilient women who have helped to shape our thinking. This week we salute Anne Frank who was a German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist. Through Anne's diary we were able to travel back in time to the harsh realities of the concentration camp. Anne Frank is a true representation of resilience at its best. This week we also salute Malala Yousafzai who is a well known Pakistani activist. Malala is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Prize. She almost lost her life serving as an advocate for females to be educated in Pakistan. Malala's strength is commendable. We thank you both Anne and Malala for reminding us to stay positive and strong.

As we prepare for the rollout of the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS), BCO team members will be visiting principal meetings on March 17th to discuss more in-depth. We are gearing up to present the superintendents with a session during our monthly ILF meeting this Tuesday. As a reminder we ask that you start to incorporate awareness of these standards and their language with our schools. All supports from the BCO are reminded to be clear with our action planning and to upload these documents into School Link. As I stated to you all before, make sure you show the work you are doing and also make sure you are using the language needed to convey the work you are doing in our schools.

This past week teams of BILs, SILs, SSSLs, and MLLs came together to prepare for the work that will be done around the NGLS. They also came together to form a stronger support mechanism to support schools. It was impressive to see how everyone came together to give assistance in terms of preparing for the rollout of these standards. Thank you CJ, Tracey, Kathryn, Vicki, Marji, Kira, Hetal, Jessie, Julia, Megan, Vito, Margery, Eileen, Kimberley, Charlena, Maria, Ross, Owa, Summer, Alicia, TJ, Concetta, Angie, Elise, Najla, Barry, Atara, and Kristin. I am looking forward to the continued greatness that will come out of this work.

As we continue with a strong focus on having a year of strong impact, principals should be reminded to utilize NBC Learn. This is a great resource of nonfiction videos and various materials for reading. We ask that you promote this great resource. We are also reminding you to make sure your principals are sending out their teachers to A4A, as well as CS4A. These professional learning opportunities will enhance our teacher's tool kits for rich instruction in our classrooms.

Congratulations to Micherie Dundas on her promotion to Budget Director for District 14 and part of District 16. Micherie has been with the DOE for over 20 years and has served in various departments including Alternative, Adult Continuing Education program, the Regional Operation Center (ROC), the Integrated Service Center (ISC) the Children first Network (CFN) and currently the Brooklyn North Borough/Citywide Office. In all of her roles, she has worked very closely with the budget staff and brings a wealth of knowledge.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus has now arrived in NYC. Various guidance documents have been shared from Chancellor Carranza’s office. It is important that we work to keep our schools clean and discuss healthy habits with children. Principals must remind their custodial staff to clean down the bathrooms and all common areas daily. There should be soap in all bathrooms at all times. Teachers must remind our children to wash their hands properly after using the rest rooms and before they start to eat their breakfast and lunch. As our Chancellor has shared, if you are feeling ill with any of the symptoms shared, you should see your doctor.

Use this direct link to view yesterday's recorded webinar and sign into the DOE InfoHub Coronavirus Communications page for a copy of yesterday's PowerPoint and other resources. Note: The InfoHub will be updated frequently with additional resources and information.

Superintendents, please encourage principals to register their math leads for Math Pi Day at Math for America on March 13th!

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:

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

3/13 - Math Pi Day

3/14 - John A. Gibbs Conference on Environmental Issues

3/17 - March Principal meetings in all Districts

3/30 - Brooklyn North STEM Day at Barclay Center

4/25 - Department of Youth and Community Development NYC Youth Leadership Summit

Your Partner in Education,

Sandra D'Avilar

Week of March 2, 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. Please see here for the upcoming social studies opportunities.

4. In the unfortunate event that your school experiences a community crisis (death of a staff member or death of a student), please e-mail your Superintendent and the Director of Student Services, Steven Strull ( The Brooklyn North Borough Center works in collaboration with each Superintendent's office to help assess the crisis need as well as provide counseling support when warranted. The following link will take you to all the resources you and your school crisis team will need to help manage the crisis day:

School Support for Community Crisis

Administrative tasks will guide you through all of the things that should be completed by school administration. The Span of the Crisis Day includes the before the school meeting, during the school day, and the after school meeting. Resources for Parents can be sent home after a crisis to assist families. These informational documents will assist families with helping student cope with their grief. Resources for Staff will offer information on getting grief support outside of school and includes information about Self Care. Resources for Guidance Counselors consists of grief/loss activities that Guidance Counselors can use with students who need support with dealing with loss/grief.

If you are interested in on site school crisis team training for your school, please contact Helene Moffatt -

5. The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) application is now open. SYEP is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer. You can also visit the website for more information and the application.

6. This article from Scholastic Classroom Magazine may be contain useful resources for teaching children about the coronavirus.

7. Please find a presentation from Ronald Ferguson and The Brooklyn Basics here.

8. Valerie Brock (@ValerieBrock24) tweeted at 3:36 PM on Thu, Mar 05, 2020:

👋@NYCSchools! Looking to expand your school’s #computerscience program? Apply for SEPjr-a program for K-5th students that includes high-quality curriculum, training, and ongoing teacher support! Info and registration:


9. Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow can help young adults get their HSE (previously GED) while doing job training, paid internships, and provide childcare for young parents, college access services and job placement.

Please read below for details about the programs at three different locations in Brooklyn and Queens and our Cloud Support Engineer program, which is now recruiting:

Sunset Park: Advance and Earn

882 3rd Avnue, 10th Floor

Brooklyn, 11216


Classes run Monday to Friday

2:00pm to 7:00pm

Jamaica HSE Program:

168-25 Jamaica Avenue, Ste. 202

Queens, NY 11432


Classes run Monday to Thursday

4:00pm - 7:00pm

Bushwick: Train and Earn/

Parent Empowerment Program

25 Thornton Street

Brooklyn, 11206


Classes run Monday to Friday

9:00am to 3:00pm

ELIGIBILITY: must be 17-24 years old, out of school, live in NYC (one of the five boroughs), and commit to the program hours.

10. The Specialized High Schools Admission Information Sessions for fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students and their parents begin Saturday, March 7, 2020. Space is limited and available first-come, first-served. Parents should sign-up to attend a session as soon as possible.

11. The 37th Annual Historically Black College & University Fair will take place on Saturday, March 7th, from 11am to 4pm. You can visit the website for additional information.

12. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is pleased to invite Brooklyn students and their parents to a traditional Chinese Lunar New Year “Year of the Rat” celebration.

This event is being held in partnership with the Sino America New York Brooklyn Archwayu Association on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at

New Star Seafood Restaurant, 6022 8th Avenue – Brooklyn, NY 11220. The program will include cultural performances and a traditional Asian dinner. Students can RSVP at: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat. Should you have any questions, please contact Eileen Newman at (718) 802-3806 or Lori Luis at (718) 802-4836.

13. Imagine NYC Schools is currently seeking high school students to serve as reviewers for Imagine NYC Schools planning grant applications for new or reimagined schools on any of the following dates:

· Monday March 9, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

· Wednesday March 11, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

· Friday March 13, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

· Sunday March 15, 9:00 am – 4:00pm

Students would participate by reviewing 2 or 3 applications over a period of 3 hours at the following locations:

Brooklyn - 131 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Manhattan - 333 7th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10001

Student reviewers will be provided with food and a MetroCard. Options are also available for teachers who would like their class to participate in the process at school. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Jacalyn Lee at

14. 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.

15. From March to June, the Association of Black Educators of New York will be hosting myriad special events, as well as sponsoring scholarships and service awards. First is ABENY's celebration of Women's History Month, which will take place at the membership meeting on Sunday, March 15, at the Bedford YMCA, located at 1121 Bedford Avenue. Please register in advance.

Graduating high school seniors in the public schools are invited to apply for an ABENY scholarship. The application deadline for submission is April 30.

Principals in the NYC public schools---elementary, junior high, and high school---are invited to nominate a student who has provided significant service to his/her school for an ABENY Human Service Award. Principals or their designees should submit the name of the student, grade, school and principal's name to no later than May 30. The award will be emailed to the principal or his/her designee.

ABENY is also pleased to announce our 45th Annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon, which will take place on Saturday, June 20 at Antun's in Queens Village. We will honor our scholarship recipients as well as exceptional educators. To learn more about the history and work of ABENY, we encourage you to visit our website. If you have questions, feel free to contact Sheilah Bobo at

16. The Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) will be hosting a College Fair on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 from 12:30pm – 4:00pm.

Students will have to opportunity to meet and talk to admissions representatives from over 25 SUNY and CUNY colleges as well as attend college workshops on topics such as Understanding the Financial Aid Application Process. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.

17. We are happy to announce that Barclays is hosting a STEM field trip during which students will attend a STEM carnival, engage in hands-on learning, and make connections to STEM careers with the Brooklyn Nets on March 30. This is a paid field trip and includes a ticket to the Nets game on 4/1 as well. Please see the flyer here and reach out to Eileen Marks with any questions.

18. Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) annual youth leadership summit on April 25, 2020, is an opportunity for teens to create, debate, connect, build, and take action on issues that matter to them. There will be food, special guests, prizes, and more. This event is for youth who are 13 years and older. She/he does not have to be enrolled in a DYCD program to attend.

19. The New York City National College Fair will take place on April 26, 2020, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Please visit the website for additional information.

20. The STEM Happens Network is offering an integrated STEM academy for four Saturdays this Spring. This is an opportunity for Principals to invest in an interdisciplinary grade level team with the goal of developing an integrated STEM unit across the content areas that will be implemented in the fall.

The total cost for each school is $3000 plus teacher per session for four 1/2 day integrated STEM Saturday Academy sessions.

21. At Transformations 2020, the summer camp at MoMath, students entering grades one through nine will experience the richness of mathematics in America's only museum dedicated to math. Through full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, and creative projects, math will come alive for each and every participant. Transformations 2020 will offer five different themes across one-week sessions, starting June 29 through September 4, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with extended-day options until 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Registration is now open. Learn more and register at

Come discover the power of changes with some of the leading experts in Integrated STEM education at this year’s Global STEM Leadership Alliance Summit, July 12 - 16, 2020 in beautiful Orlando Florida. We invite you to join us and commit to bridging the gap between education and industry through integrated STEM learning to help prepare today’s students for tomorrows careers. Visit us at to get more information about this event and join us July 12-16, 2020