Date Change – Middle School Panel on September 28, 2016

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Please join us for a Middle School Panel on September 28th, the night after the D1 Middle School Fair. Principals from D1 schools will speak about their offerings at our calendar meeting, and you will have time to ask them questions.

Date: Wed. 9/28/2016
Time: 6:00pm
Location: PS 20, Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St., New York, NY 10002

For more information and to RSVP for childcare and refreshments, please email


September Meetings & News

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We hope you had a great first week of school! CEC1 is busy organizing events for the fall: see below.
Our mission is to help District One families and educators participate in decision-making at the level of family, school, and community. If you want to volunteer for any of our committees, work for the fall is just getting underway, so email to join or learn more!
And check out this recent news:
CEC1 Meetings
Class Size Committee
Date: Tues., Sept. 6, 2016
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: PS 20, Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St.
Testing Committee
Tues., Sept. 13, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: PS 20, Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St.
September Business Meeting 
Date: Wed., Sept. 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: PS 20, Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St.
CEC Welcome Back Event, Sept. 28th
Meet members of the CEC, PA/PTAs, Title 1 PACs, SLTs*, and more!
Date: Wed. Sept. 28, 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Location: PS 20, Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St.
(Flyers in Bengali, Chinese, and Spanish)
*Community Education Council, Parent/Teacher Associations, Title 1 Parent Advisory Councils, and School Leadership Teams
Other Meetings
Special Education: Pre-K and Kindergarten Meeting
Join the Citywide Council on Special Education and
Special Guests, and speak one-on-one to an expert on Pre-K and Kindergarten Special Education. See attachment for the dates of other CCSE meetings.
Date: Sept. 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: The Hunters Point Campus: 1-50 51 Avenue, LIC, NY 11101
  • Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to 718- 391-8354
Citywide Council on High Schools Calendar & Business Meeting
Date: Wed., Sept. 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Location: 52 Chambers St., NY, NY 10007
(Translated flyer)
High School FairsCitywide and Borough
  • Citywide High School Fair: Sat. Sept. 24th & Sun. Sept. 25th: 10 am-3 pm, Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Fort Greene Place, 11217)
    See the DOE High School Events site for workshop times
  • Manhattan Borough High School Fair: Sat. Oct. 15th  & Sun. Oct. 16th: MLK, Jr. Educational Campus (122 Amsterdam Ave., 10023)

Save the Dates, Discipline Code Comments, and C4E!

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CEC1 Sept 28 Oct 19 Save the Date

Parents, Please Save the Dates!:
Welcome Back Event, Sept. 28th 
Meet members of the CEC, PA/PTAs, Title 1 PACs, SLTs*, and more!
Date: Wed. Sept. 28, 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Location: PS 20, Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St.
*Community Education Council, Parent/Teacher Associations, Title 1 Parent Advisory Councils, and School Leadership Teams
– Childcare and refreshments provided. RSVP to
 or (212) 353-2946

Middle School Panel 
Speak to Middle School Principals about their schools’ offerings during our Calendar meeting!
Date: Wed. Oct. 19, 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Location: PS 20, Anna Silver School, 166 Essex St
– Childcare and refreshments provided. RSVP to or (212) 353-2946

Discipline Code Comments
September 2nd is the deadline to email the DOE comments on itsproposed changes to the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning (Student Intervention and Discipline Code). The changes, following the final recommendations of the Mayor’s Leadership Team and the result of the important work of the Dignity in Schools Campaign New York (“DSC-NY“) and others, include:

– amendments to the K-2 suspension policy;
– proposed additional guidance supports and interventions;
– Superintendent’s Suspensions of 11-29 days (previously only 6-10 and 30-90 days); and
– the possibility of early reinstatement from longer-range Superintendent’s Suspensions.

Statements and testimony by advocates though highlighted the need and urgency for further reforms (Urban Youth Collaborative), including comprehensive restorative justice policies, practices, and funding priorities. Advocates have also objected to the loophole (WNYC, 8/8/16; CityLab, 8/10/16) in the end to K-2 suspensions and to the “highly subjective ‘defying authority’ infraction” (Teachers Unite member op-ed; testimony). Below are other articles and testimony you may want to read if you plan to submit comments.
– Children’s Defense Fund testimony from the 8/8/2016 hearing;
– Brooklyn Defender Services testimony;
– Article on missing NYPD data on student interactions with police; and
– United Federation of Teachers testimony and response
We encourage you to email your comments to the DOE by September 2nd.
Contracts for Excellence
On Friday, we submitted a letter to Contracts for Excellence stating our objection to the FY ’17 plan based on the need for specific annual class size targets, sufficient funding to achieve those targets, and a genuine public engagement process.     

Upcoming Meetings

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Join CEC/citywide council members at these early August meetings! 

Citywide Council on Special Education’s Annual Meeting
See flyer and vacancy notice and application.

  • 8/4/16 at 6pm, Annual Meeting, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., 2nd Floor, NY NY 10007

CEC1 Bylaws Committee

  • 8/9/16 at 8:30am. PS 20, 166 Essex St., NY NY 10002

CEC1 Social Media Committee

  • 8/10/16 at 8:30am. PS 20, 166 Essex St., NY NY 10002

CEC1 Safety/Bullying Committee

  • 8/18/16 at 8:30am. PS 20, 166 Essex St., NY NY 10002

Citywide Council on High Schools: Annual, Calendar, and Business Meeting
See attached for notice in English and translation and agenda.

  • 8/10/16 at 6pm. Tweed Courthouse, 2nd Fl. Conference Rm., 52 Chambers St., NY NY 10007

Calendar & Business Meeting, 8/3/16

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Join us at PS 20 for our next Calendar and Business Meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd at 6pm. The focus will be the Superintendent’s Report and Committee Updates. (Agenda).

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please email if you will need childcare.

CEC1 Flyer Calendar Business Meeting 8_3_2016

Annual, Calendar, and Business Meeting: July 13, 2016

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Join us for CEC1’s Annual, Calendar, and Business Meeting on July 13, 2016 (Agenda)
  • 6:00 – 8:30pm, PS 20 (166 Essex St.). Childcare and light refreshments provided: please RSVP to

CEC1 Flyer Annual Calendar Business Meeting 7_13_2016

  • CEC1 Superintendent Evaluation Templates Meeting #2 – Friday, July 8, 2016, 9:30 am, PS 20 (166 Essex St.)
  • From the Citywide Council on High Schools: Annual, Calendar, & Business Meeting (Translated Flyer) – Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 6:00 – 8:45 pm, Tweed Courthouse (52 Chambers St.)
  • The Manhattan Borough President’s office has awarded capital funds to a number of District 1 schools (Star Academy, PS 140 (Nathan Straus), PS 142 (Amalia Castro), Shuang Wen, Children’s Workshop, School for Global Leaders, and East Side Community High School, as well as to NEST+m and Bard Early College and Cascades High Schools).
  • SchoolFood offers free summer meals to everyone 18 years and younger, and there is no need to show registration, documentation or an ID to receive meals. See the attachment from the Manhattan Borough President’s Office for free summer meals locations on the Lower East Side.

Special Education Panel & More

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CEC1 Special Education Panel, June 15, 2016
Please join us for a panel discussion by Special Education experts at our next Calendar and Business meeting (agenda). The panel will include representatives from the Department of Education (Administrators for SPED for D1), Advocates for Children, INCLUDEnyc, and Comprehensive Kids Developmental School. Panelists will address family members’ questions about referrals, evaluations, and the IEP process.
  • Panel will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, during the June CEC1 Calendar and Business Meeting: Wednesday, June 15 at PS 20: 166 Essex St., NY, NY 10002. (Full meeting, 6:00 – 8:30 pm). (Flyer in Spanish and Chinese)
  • Childcare and refreshments provided. Please RSVP to
P0001 Manhattan UFT Parent Conference (Save the Date)
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway, 10th Floor, NY, NY 10004

CEC Calendar Meeting on 5/25, YA-YA Network Youth Leaders, and More

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CEC Calendar Meeting: May 25th at 6pm
Join us for a calendar meeting featuring a discussion of mayoral control of schools, which is currently up for state renewal. Share your comments with the State Education Committee.* (Meeting agenda)
  • 6:00 – 8:30 pm at PS 20 (166 Essex St.). Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please email if you will need childcare.
* If you cannot attend, email your comments to
JPG Flyer CEC1 Calendar Meeting 5_25_2016
YA-YA Network Youth Leaders
From the YA-YA (Youth Activists-Youth Allies) Network:
  • “We are looking for passionate and motivated young people interested in activism and social justice. We are seeking youth (15-19 years old) that want to learn how to take on a leadership position in a variety of social justice movements by building skills needed to make change happen.
  • About Us: The YA-YA Network is a youth-driven social justice organization focusing on providing youth with alternatives to joining the military. We are committed to supporting young people, especially from marginalized communities, to become leaders in the movements for social, economic and racial justice. We are actively anti-racist, feminist, and allies to the LGBTQIA* community. Find out more about us the YA-YA Network website or visit our Facebook page.
  •  Program Description: We begin with political education and anti-oppression workshops. We will examine root causes of the problems in our communities and the ways people have organized to make change happen. You will get the chance to work with your peers to build your communication, organization, and activist skills. You will be able to share lessons learned and work together to build a more just world. Other opportunities include: outreach, tabling, speaking on panels and events, and facilitating workshops for other groups.
  • Program Hours:  During the summer, program meets Tuesday-Thursday from 12 pm -6 pm. The program meets throughout the school year, meeting after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 7 PM (Days may be subject to change). Additional activities, like meetings, films, conferences, rallies, & protests, will occasionally be scheduled outside of program hours.
  • Upon completing all requirements of the program, including regular attendance, you will receive a stipend. Train passes and lunch will be provided during summer hours. Please be advised, this youth internship opportunity is for the entire year, not just the spring/summer termsApplication deadline is May 26th, 2016!”
Citywide Council on Special Education Chancellor’s Town Hall
The CCSE will host a Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor Carmen Fariña followed by a calendar meeting focused on “Discipline in the Schools.” (Flyers in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, and Spanish)
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. PS 333: Manhattan School for Children (154 W. 93rd St., NY NY 10025)
2016 Citywide Parent Conference for English Language Learners
From the Division of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLSS):
  • “We will host the 2016 Citywide Parent Conference for ELLs on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The conference will provide parents and guardians with important information about bilingual programs, ways to support their children academically, and summer learning opportunities across the city. To register for the conference, click here. Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.” (Translated flyers in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, RussianSpanish, and Urdu)
  •  9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Tuesday, June 7th. El Museo Del Barrio: 1230 5th Avenue, NY NY 10029

Parent Conferences in Mandarin and Spanish: 共同學習 / Aprendamos Juntos

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From the Divisions of Family and Community Engagement & English Language Learners:

“In order to provide greater language access for families who speak Mandarin and Spanish, the NYCDOE is hosting Learning Together, two city-wide parent conferences this June. These conferences will be delivered entirely in families’ native languages (Mandarin & Spanish). Sessions will include information on gifted and talented programs, summer learning, new dual language programs and library resources. Breakfast and giveaway items will also be provided. MetroCards will be available upon request.”

Please circulate this information to Mandarin and Spanish speaking parents (translated flyers are linked below).

共同學習: Mandarin Parent Conference

  • 資優課程
  • 暑期學習
  • 圖書館資源
  • 全新雙向式雙語課程 (dual language program)
Wednesday, June 1st from 9:30 – 1:00
Queens Library in Flushing

Aprendamos Juntos: Spanish Parent Conference
Infórmese sobre:

  • programas para estudiantes con aptitudes y talentos avanzados
  • aprendizaje en el verano
  • recursos bibliotecarios
  • nuevos programas de idioma dual
Wednesday, June 15th from 9:30 – 1:00
Brooklyn Public Library

Money, Race, and Success, and Upcoming Events

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In Case You Missed It…

Check out the interactive article on Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares from the Times, which reported that “sixth graders in the richest school districts are four grade levels ahead of children in the poorest districts.”

Also, check out Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem, a piece from NPR on school funding inequalities.

CEC Business Meeting

  • Attached is the agenda for CEC1’s Business Meeting on May 11th at 6:00 pm at 166 Essex St. (PS 20)
CCHS Meeting
  • The Citywide Council on High Schools will hold a Calendar and Business Meeting on May 11th. Agenda here.
  • 6:00 pm, High School of Art and Design, 245 E. 56th St., NY, NY 10022 (Auditorium)
Borough Field Support Center Spring Special Education Family Conference Series
From the DOE:
  • The Borough Field Support Center (BFSC) Spring Special Education Family Conference Series is an opportunity for BFSC Special Education leadership to share important content and meet families of students with disabilities in their community. The Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support encourages you to attend to learn more about topics specific to special education.
  • Manhattan ConferenceMay 14th, 8:30 am- 12:30 pm, High School of Art and Design, 245 E. 56th St., NY, NY 10022. (Flyer in Chinese and Spanish).
Presidents Council and District Leadership Team Meetings
  • Presidents Council, May 13 and June 10 from 9 am – 10:30 am (Breakfast at 8:30), at 166 Essex St. (PS 20)
  • District Leadership Team, May 19 (at PS 184) and June 16 (at PS 63/363) from 10 am – 12 pm
Family Resource Center Survey
Have you completed the Family Resource Center Survey yet? From the Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program (SIPP) Grant Team:
  • All families of Community School District 1 students are invited to please help the SIPP grant team to plan a Family Resource Center for District 1 by filling out a survey in EnglishSpanish, or Chinese.
  • The survey will help create the needs assessment that will be used to develop the services offered by the D1 Family Resource Center. All information is confidential and anonymous. Completed surveys are eligible to be entered in a random drawing for $25 gift cards.