October 3, 2019



Dear Brooklyn North,

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday this week, or at least a quiet two days, and I want to wish a very happy new year to everyone who celebrated.

Everyone should have received Outlook invitations for the District team meetings, which now take place on Tuesday mornings once per month. Please reach out to the Director of that District team if you have any questions.

Kindly remember to continue providing principals with feedback, and ensure that they are embedding this feedback into their CEP before they are signed off on in the system. Here at the borough office we are gearing up for Brooklyn North Day, which promises to be a day of learning and sharing for all as we unpack the ILF and provide clarity for everyone.

Please see below for some announcements and updates.

Focus Area/Driver # 1, Comprehensive School Support, CSS: Committee Chair, Andrew Gallagher, Director of School Improvement for Brooklyn North

*CEP revisions are due by October 18th. Please continue to support schools, as necessary, with their revisions.

Focus Area/Driver # 2, Instructional Leadership Framework, ILF: Committee Chair, Sandra D’Avilar, Executive Director for Brooklyn North

*I look forward to seeing everyone for the next ILF Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 1:00pm. An Outlook invitation has been sent.

Focus Area/Driver # 3, Supportive Environment Framework, SEF: Committee Chair, Steven Strull, Director for Student Services for Brooklyn North

*Please join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday, October 8th as he welcomes the David Lynch Foundation’s Center for Health and Wellness in co-hosting a town hall on the Science of Meditation. This town hall will feature medical professionals presenting a scientific exploration of a simple, effortless technique known as Transcendental Meditation, and its positive impacts on Veterans, students, and overall health. To attend this free event, please RSVP HERE.

Focus Area/Driver #4, Equity through STEM/eSTEM: Committee Chair, Sheila Gorski, Superintendent for District 32

*November 8th is National Stem Day and we are planning to host an event at Brooklyn Tech for students. Additional information will be forthcoming shortly.

Focus Area/Driver #5, Developing Leaders: Committee Chair, Alicja Winnicki, Superintendent for District 14

1. Please complete the Annual Employee Survey as soon as possible. The Annual Employee Survey is an important part of one of our core DOE priorities—Develop People—an effort to continue building a learning culture within the agency. You can access the survey here.

2. The Fall Journey Program application closes on Friday, October 4th. The Journey Program has been able to positively impact the careers of 66 mentees over the past three school years who have used the coaching and support, along with the tools and resources from the program, to chart new waters in their professional careers. The fall 2019 Journey Program application process has launched and we’re seeking at least 30 mentors. Would you be a mentor this school year?

Next Steps:

  • Become a School Year 2019-20 mentor | If you’d like to be a mentor this year, reach out to ODE@schools.nyc.gov.
  • Refer a colleague to become a mentor | To refer a colleague as a mentor, please reply with their name, title, office, and email address and we’ll reach out to them with additional details about the program. Alternatively, you may share the fall 2019 application form with them.

Additional details about this year’s program, including the time commitment, can be found on the Journey Program one-pager and by visiting the Journey Program InfoHub page.

For your Information:

1. The High School Science opportunities can be found here.

2. The Special Education professional learning calendar can be found here and SESIS professional learning calendar can be found here.

3. You can find the updated meeting schedule here, which reflects the District team meetings on Tuesdays.

4. You are cordially invited to attend ABENY's upcoming membership meeting on Sunday, October 20, from 3:30 - 6 PM, at the Bedford YMCA located at 1121 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. The topic is "Civic Engagement, Political Knowledge and Action", coordinated by ABENY Board Members Victor Jordan and Kenneth Farrell. You are also invited to ABENY's Annual Fall Education Conference, which will take place on Saturday, November 9, at Frederick Douglass Academy, located at 2581 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. This year's theme is "Cultivating Voices of Empowerment, Advocacy and Social Justice in Education." Registration will take place from 9 AM - 10 AM, followed by the plenary session from 10 AM - 11 AM, then, four concurrent workshops from 11:30 AM - 2 PM. The keynote speaker at the plenary session will be the Honorable Senator Brian A. Benjamin. Educators may earn 5 hours of professional development credit. Vendors and community-based organizations will also be available to provide educational resources and crafts. The flyer, program and workshop descriptions can be found here. For more information, contact Dr. Sheilah Bobo at (917) 412-9099, sbobo@schools.nyc.gov, or sheilahbobo@gmail.com.

Superintendents to Share with Principals:

1. The City College of New York is holding an information session for the Program in Educational Leadership on October 10th. There is also an opportunity to visit classes. Please see the flyer and contact information here.

2. The Center for NuLeadership is partnering with UPS for the upcoming seasonal hiring. Please see here for information on seasonal and permanent hiring.

3. The WE LEAD Empowering our Girls Conference takes place on October 12th. This event celebrates International Day of the Girl Child, which highlights and addresses the needs and challenges girls face, while also promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. You can read more and obtain a ticket here. Please note that tickets are free to those under 18 years of age.

4. Please be sure to mark your calendar for Brooklyn North Day on October 15th. We look forward to seeing you there!

5. ABENY invites students in Grades 2 - 11 to participate in the annual Black History Month Essay contest. This year's topic is: "African American Artists and Social Activism." The deadline for entries is January 3, 2020. The winning students will be honored at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The information about this contest and program, as well as the rubric, can be found here. For more information, contact Dr. Sheilah Bobo at (917) 412-9099, sbobo@schools.nyc.gov, or sheilahbobo@gmail.com.

6. Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) is currently offering free education and job training through the Train and Earn program, Medical Administrative Assistant training, bi-weekly workshops for immigrant families, and more. Learn more online or reach out to obtoutreach@obtjobs.org. Please see here for the Youth Programs brochure and additional information.

7. Brooklyn High School of the Arts still has spots available for the 8th grade tours. The flyer and school profile can be found here. Open Houses will be on October 23rd and November 6th at 6:00pm.

8. The NYC DOE Office of Sustainability and the STEM Department are partnering again for the NYC Solar Schools Education Program. NYC DOE 3-12 teachers are invited to attend the NYC Solar Schools Education Program. This program is FREE for interested teachers; all costs are covered by the DOE through funding from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The NYC Solar Schools Education Program provides teachers with hands-on activities that give context for why solar is important – such as an introduction to power plants, fossil fuels, and climate change – and explore the science and applications of solar energy through building mini-solar systems, field studies, and experiments. Please see the flyer with additional information and registration links here.

Upcoming Deadlines/Meetings/Events:

10/4—Deadline for Journey Program

10/5—Parent Leadership Empowerment Conference

10/5—You Visit Foundation Hackathon

10/8—Brooklyn North Leadership Meeting

10/8—District Team Meetings (AM) and Driver Committee Meetings (PM)

10/8—Town Hall on Science of Meditation with Brooklyn Borough President

10/15--Brooklyn North Day, 2019-2020 Kickoff for Principals

10/18—CEP revisions due

10/18—AA professional learning at Brooklyn South on FAMIS

11/8—National STEM Day