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Special Education Resources

Include NYC

Citywide Council on Special Education

ARISE Coalition (Action for Reform in Special Education)

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools

Summer School, High School, College Info.

Summer School

High School

  • NYC School Finder:
    • DOE, “Use the summer to research choices for your High School Application‚ÄĒvisit¬†NYC School Finder¬†on your mobile or desktop device to search New York City‚Äôs high schools and find programs for your application.¬† NYC School Finder is updated for the upcoming school year and is available in English and Spanish.‚ÄĚ
  • Manhattan High Schools District 1 & 2 Summer Newsletter¬†from¬†Superintendent Marisol C. Rosales. ¬†Thank you to¬†our¬†High School¬†Family Leadership Coordinator¬†Natasha Delgado for sharing!

College

“An¬†Integrated¬†Family Resource Center”

Charis¬†Durrance, a graduate student at the New School, recently completed her work studying the necessary elements of a District 1 Family Resource Center in a report titled, “An Integrated Family Resource Center” (publication pending). ¬†The SIPP grant provides for a Family Resource Center to support the district’s socio-economic integration policy. The¬†report¬†(link to Executive Summary) looks at possible policy changes and the limits of single-school integration initiatives, and describes the necessary elements of a Family Resource Center that would support socioeconomic integration, which include:

  • Outreach in preschools, daycare centers, and local community-based organizations
  • Opportunities for social networking among district parents across demographics
  • Comprehensive, easy to understand, and easy to access information about all schools
  • Clear information about a¬†controlled choice process
  • Counseling and advocacy support for parents

A community-embedded Family Resource Center with these elements would be essential to the success of a district-wide socio-economic integration plan because, as the report points out, “school assignment cannot be the end of the story.”

From the report, a D1 Family Resource Center would also need to reflect general best practices in Family Resource Center design, including:

  • Ease of¬†access, including parent-friendly hours
  • High quality, community-driven programming
  • Absence of¬†physical, linguistic, and other¬†barriers
  • Responsiveness to families’ unique needs and feedback; Development of strong partnerships between staff and families
  • A focus on promoting competence and¬†self-sufficiency
  • Staff and program¬†sensitivity regarding¬†culture, gender, and class
News

G&T Inequities

Funding

C-30 process; Park Slope Collegiate 

Diversity

  • No Heavy Lifting Required: ¬†New York City’s Unambitious School ‘Diversity’ Plan¬†(Nicole Mader and Ana Carla Sant’anna Costa, The New School Center for New York City Affairs, June 28th)
    • “Our over-arching finding: Although these targets may have significant impact on the lives of the individual children affected, achieving them would represent only minimal changes to the system as a whole. No heavy lifting will be needed to meet them.”
    • Indeed, if recent demographic shifts that have occurred in our schools merely continue apace for the next five years, the DOE will be able to meet these diversity goals without implementing a single one of the dozen policies they recommend in their new plan.”
    • “The DOE‚Äôs leaders, and the School Diversity Advisory Group that DOE has established to help guide its diversity plan, should¬†aim higher, both system-wide and also within the city‚Äôs community school districts.” (from accompanying press release)
  • D1 Socioeconomic Integration: ¬†on June 21st we proposed next steps:
    • Reinstate regular and collaborative meetings
      • at parent-friendly times with supports (child care/food)
      • allow for outreach, participation, and authentic engagement
      • restore community collaboration, rather than DoE control
    • Provide resources to make good on commitments
      • put commitments in writing to the state prior to receiving any $
      • fund a controlled choice expert and project manager
      • establish a clear timeline and work plan for implementation
    • Build accountability
      • make data transparent and available online
      • post regular minutes and progress for public review
      • agree on an independent monitor to hold parties accountable
    • Adhere to the terms of the 2015 SIPP Grant, including:
      • Deliver¬†an expert-vetted proposal that includes Pre-K
      • Establish a Family Resource Center
      • Achieve the basic community goal of equity
Future Meetings 

  • CCSE Meeting: ¬†Thursday,¬†6:00 p.m.,¬†July 6th, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor
  • CEC Annual Meeting,¬†7/19/17, 6:00 p.m., P.S. 20 (166 Essex St.)
    • At our next meeting we will set the business and calendar meeting dates for the 2017/2018 school year.
    • We will also elect officers for the 2017-2018 cycle