Empowerment Schools Maria Quail, Network Leader
1230 Zerega Avenue Network Team Specialists
Bronx, New York Caterina DiTillio, Larry Keasley,
Sonia Menendez, Senior Achievement Facilitator Shehnaz Hashim, Luis Taveras
Phone (718) 828-2440 Fax (718) 828-6282
October 22, 2007
“When people truly share a vision they are connected, bound together by a common
aspiration. Personal visions derive their power from an individual’s deep caring for the vision.
Shared visions derive their power that one of the reasons people seek to build shared visions
is their desire to be connected in am important undertaking. Shared vision is vital for the
learning organization because it provides the focus and energy for learning. ”—Peter Senge
Many times the perceptions that others have of our school is not always the reality. As
leaders of a community we know what we have, what our strengths are what we are up against
and then there is our vision of what is can be. I was reminded of this today when Iris shared
with me a tradition that PS 46 has entertained for a few years. Each year a group of alumni
return to PS 46 to see the school they attended some forty years ago. I would like to share
with you some of the feedback that Iris received from her visitors. ..
Thank you for opening up PS 46 for our visit Monday. It was wonderful and exceeded
anyone's expectations. I thought I would share with you excerpts of the comments of some of
the alumni visitors…
“Yes, I was struck by the condition of the school, the obviously high morale of the
staff, and above all the kids blew me away. I did not expect that. To be frank, I
expected PS 46 to be something of a ghetto school. I expected kids to be hostile or
surly, roaming the hallways and stairwells (as they were in 65!). Nope. The children
were cheerful, spirited and well-behaved. The hallways were quiet except for the noise
that we made”
“The hallways are tastefully decorated and there is no vandalism or graffiti anywhere.
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The windows lack gratings, and I was told that kids no longer toss rocks through the
“I felt that I was transported back not to the sixties but perhaps to the forties, to our
parent's generation First generation kids, a little poorer than we were.”
My thoughts as I read each comment was that the visitors came with an idea, an expectation
and when they looked closely made a connection and realized that the children were no
different than their parents were when they arrived from Europe (perhaps just a little poorer).
Part of the vision we have for our children is to give them the opportunity to live up to that
connection and nurture them to become the doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers and
politicians of the future. Our expectations for them can make all the difference between a
perception and a connection. Thank you Iris for sharing!
Many of you have already planned your professional development for Election Day but
some things that you may want to consider is rolling out the School Quality Review criteria
with your staff. This is also another document that your school community should look at and
understand since the reviewer will spend time talking with teachers and students. The
Progress report is still a confidential document, keep in mind that you should not release the
results of this report to the public until all data has been verified and the release date
announced by the Chancellor. It is anticipated that the release date will be on or around
October 29th. This may also be a consideration for your PD on Election Day to carefully
looking at each section of the Progress Report and give your staff the opportunity to think of
strategies that your community can implement to improve your score.
It has come to my attention that some of you are still having difficulty logging onto to ARIS.
The Office of Accountability has advised that all principals who are still encountering
difficulty please call the HelpDesk and get ticket # so they can follow up.
Attached is the attendance for the schools in our network for the week of October 8th.
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pALEUl094D69LOCoQ6ZoxGw then click on attendance sheet for
week on the upper left side. . Remember our goal is to maintain an attendance percentage of
92%. I would like to remind you that we have only a week to clear all registers. If you have an
outstanding number of “no shows” please e-mail Luis and let him know what the issue is in not
clearing your registers. It is critical that they be cleared as this will impact on your budget.
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The Empowerment Schools Organization’s
If there is anything that is happening in your
will host a monthly Principal’s Council and
school community that you would like to share
Forum. Ted has agreed to represent our
with the network please e-mail Shehnaz by
Network at this council. The first hour is
Friday so that we can put it in the newsletter
dedicated solely to the Network
the following week.
Representative and ESO representatives,
~ wherein the Network Rep will have an
Congratulations to Daisy and PS 110! They opportunity to bring to the forefront any and
have received a RESO Grant from the City all issues affecting the Network. The second
council of two laptop carts. hour is a forum open to all Empowerment
Principals who would like an opportunity to
meet with eh ESO) representative. The
Eric Nadelstern the CEO for the
dates of these meetings are as follows.
Empowerment Support Organization visited
PS 85 last week and walked the building with
Ted. Eric was very impressed with the vision
that Ted has created for his school and how
energized his staff and children were about the
work they are embarking on this year. Please
use the following link to access pictures from
http://picasaweb.google.com/Net15AC/EricSVisitToPS8 June 10
Then click on Shehnaz’s public gallery.
The First Periodic Assessment
window: October 30 – November 8
Coming Soon: School sign-ups for
~ November post-assessment data
The Periodic Assessment Team shared some interpretation sessions will be available via
key information with you about the upcoming Principals’ Weekly.
administration as well as ongoing training and All schools using Acuity are encouraged to
support. The attached memo which can be attend the following upcoming training
accessed through the following link: regarding Acuity Periodic Assessments:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dfmjx4zp_561d6q Grades 3-8 Acuity Pre-Assessment
g9w has more details on the topics outlined
Workshop for Test Coordinators
below. As always, please contact the Periodic
90-minute sessions taking place
Assessment Team (212.374.5162 or
from October 9 – 22, 2007
firstname.lastname@example.org) with any
o For more information and to
questions or suggestions throughout this
register, please go to:
assessment window and the remainder of the
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alog/eventregistration1.asp?ev continuing to help you support your schools
entid=1003055 throughout the school year.
The first Periodic Assessment window for
grades 3-8, October 30 – November 8, 2007, On November 3rd the Teachers College
is for the ELA Predictive Assessment, which Reading & Writing Project Community opens
is aligned with the New York State their doors to thousands of educators from
summative test. Schools have made all of the New York City and across our nation. Over
decisions they need to make regarding these 140 workshops will be offered on topics such
assessments except for whether or not to as: helping students think, talk and write well
administer the optional Constructed about reading, teaching higher level
Response items, which are scored at the school comprehension, small group work, interactive
level. The assessment takes approximately 90 writing, shared reading and using assessment
minutes with all of the Constructed Response to inform instruction. No registration is
items, and approximately 45 minutes if only the required and this is free. See attached for
Multiple Choice items are used. For more information.
background, the assessment was developed http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dfmjx4zp_578g3j
with both types of items to provide a realistic bc8
simulation of the state test and an ~
opportunity for educators to look at students’ As the process of register
work to inform instruction moving forward. reconciliation continues through October
Exemplars/anchors and rubrics are provided 31st, we ask that the following procedure be
in Acuity for Constructed Response items. implemented in order to assure the accuracy of
All schools are encouraged to administer as special education data for your school.
early in the designated window as possible.
Assessment booklets and answer sheets will Please ask your pupil accounting
be delivered to schools that selected the secretary to run the RACP report in
paper/pencil administration option during the ATS for your school. This report
week before October 30. Following will show detailed student information
administration, answer sheets will be picked up about each discrepancy currently
by a courier and student results will be existing between ATS codes and
available within 5 school days, or schools with CAP service codes.
compatible scanners may scan/score at the The discrepancy should be examined
school level. All of these details will be shared to determine the source of the error,
in the Pre-Assessment Workshops mentioned ATS or CAP coding.
above. If the error is in ATS and cannot be
Please be in touch at corrected at the school, the secretary
email@example.com or 212- should contact the ISC Applications
374-5162 if you have any questions about the Support Unit at 718-741-5161 to
Predictive, the ITAs, or any other aspect of request assistance.
Periodic Assessments. We look forward to
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If the error is CAP-related, the ISC October 23, Tuesday: Math Calendar Day,
Administrator of Special Education Grade for grade 3 will be at PS 110 from
(ASE) assigned to your school 8:30-3:30.
should be contacted. The ASE will Math Calendar Day, Grade for grade 7 is still
facilitate an expeditious resolution. TBD. We are awaiting confirmation from a
school from 8:30-3:30.
You may also reach out to Caterina for
October 24, Wednesday: Math Calendar
Day Grade 5 will be at PS 226 from 8:30-
~ NYSAA Workshop 8:00-3:00 at
If anyone knows of an ESL teacher who is 1230Zerega Ave. (Select Schools have
looking for a position, reach out to Ken. He is already been notified) breakfast will be served;
looking for one. lunch is on your own.
October 25, Thursday: Math Calendar Day
~ Grade 6 is still TBD from 8:30-3:30. We are
Our Math Calendar Days will begin this week awaiting confirmation from a school.
for schools that have selected to participate. ~
Attached is the agenda for the day. October 26, Friday: Math Calendar Day
qfc Grade 2 will be at PS 23 from 8:30-3:30.
October 26, Friday: Professional Learning
October 22, Monday:
Communities under the guidance of LCI will
Math Calendar Day for grade 4 will be held at
be meeting at the Eastwood Manor.
PS 85 from 8:30-3:30.
Breakfast will be served at 8:00.
Math Calendar Day for grade 8 will be held at
PS/MS 4 from 8:30-3:30.
October 30, Tuesday: Math Calendar Day
Grade 1 will be at PS 54 from 8:30-3:30.
Special Ed Supervisor/Coordinator
meeting from 8:30-11:30 at 1230 Zerega Ave. ~
ELL Supervisor/ Coordinator from 12:00- October 31 : All registers must be cleared of
3:00 at 1230 Zerega Ave. students who are on ATS but have not
shown in your school. It is critical that you have
Dr. Mike Knapp who is studying Leadership someone in your school that is your designated
will be visiting PS 56 and PS 85 as part of his attendance person to monitor student
study on leadership.
Thursday, November 1: Math Calendar Day
Kindergarten will be at PS 307 from 8:30-
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~ actMathFlyer_9_26_07.pdf. Both groups
will meet at UFT Headquarters (52
This year, the Math in the City Calendar of
Broadway) in Manhattan from 8:00 a.m. to
In-service is featuring a new offering
3:00 p.m. each day (including breakfast), and
called the Learning Communities. Learning
participants must attend all five sessions of
Communities are designed to bring
their group. The cost is $375.00 and can be
schools from different districts, LSOs and
paid through FAMIS (Item # TLELL0030
Empowerment Networks together to
[Group 1] and Item # TLELL0031
discuss the teaching and learning of
mathematics. These Learning Communities [Group 2]).
offer teachers, coaches and administrators
opportunities to collaborate onsite
and in actual classrooms. The attachment; The ISC pleased to announce the plan for
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dfmjx4zp_596gbg Election Day (Tuesday, November 6th)
dk2 includes more detailed information on the professional development for Bronx school
Learning Communities as well as the dates and secretaries (as required by the collective
host sites for each Learning Community. bargaining agreement). Collaboratively you
and your secretary should make selections for
~ the training they will attend based on the needs
of your school and secretary. Attached is the
The Office of English Language Learners list of Professional Development
(ELLs) would like to remind you of a valuable opportunities.
workshop being offered to school
teams consisting of the math coach and one
math teacher of ELLs, grades 6-8. The http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pALEUl094
program, called Applying QTEL Strategies
to IMPACT Mathematics, is a five-day
Pre-registration, on-line via the Protraxx web
institute which will show participants how to
site, is required. Go
enrich IMPACT math lessons with Quality
to: http:// www.nycoit.org and select "PD
Teaching for English Learners (QTEL)
scaffolding principles. QTEL-trained math
leaders will field test and refine lessons so that
On-line registration will be open through
they can be used for further professional
Friday, October 26th.
development citywide. There are two groups
offered, both of which are still open for
registration. Group 1 begins October 24 and
Group 2 begins November 3. To register, visit
http://pd.nycoit.org. To download a flyer for Accountability Materials to Families at Parent
your school visit Teacher Conferences.
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The Office of Accountability and the Office Contact Rita Magier at
of Family Engagement and Advocacy will firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
distribute these materials to families starting
next week. These are to be given out to each
Return ELA and Math Field Test
family at the parent-teacher conferences that
start next week. Families should be given a
Many schools participated in the filed test for
copy in their home language.
ELA and math in January and March of
*Letter to parents about this process can be
2007. All testing materials need to be
returned. McGraw Hill/CTB will arrange
0071016/letter to families.pdf
Teachers or administrators found to have
Pamphlet describing 4 ways to evaluate your
original or photocopies of these tests may be
child’s school and education can be found at
subject to disciplinary action.
Contact Rita Magier at
20071016/four ways to evaluate.pdf
email@example.com for clarification.
*Your school’s Progress Report will be
distributed with translation guides with a mark ~
of the front of the envelope. Professional Development Opportunities on
Materials will be sent by courier a few days Periodic Assessments.
before parent conferences. Elementary Sign up at www.eventville.com/ctb First come,
schools expect delivery by November 12 ; first served. Descriptions can be found at
middle school delivery by November 18 . www.nycboe.net/schools/principals/weekly/2
*Parent coordinators will receive training on 0071016/periodic assessments pd.doc
how to work with your parents in understanding
these reports. You are encouraged to send
Principal Offering on Differentiated
your parent coordinator to upcoming training th th
Instruction—October 29 or November 14 .
and to work with this person on this process.
This workshop centers on supporting the
Contact Phil Vaccaro at
continuing expansion of effective team
firstname.lastname@example.org if you need
teaching classes and other inclusive models in
schools. Presenter-Deborah Ann Jones-
Return ELA and Math Field Test Free of charge. Location-St. Francis
Materials. College on Remsen Street. Attend either
Many schools participated in the filed test for AM or PM session (8:30 until 11 or 12:30
ELA and math in January and March of until 3). Register by calling 212-374-0829 or
2007. All testing materials need to be contact Helen Kennedy at
returned. McGraw Hill/CTB will arrange HKenned@schools.nyc.gov
Teachers or administrators found to have
ARIS Logon Issues.
original or photocopies of these tests may be
Use either of these sites to logon:
subject to disciplinary action.
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http://schools.nyc.gov/ARIS or service delivery for these students.
https://www.arisnyc.org/portal Still have a
nySTART. You can review your data on
October 19 . Need assistance? Contact
212 374-5765 or
Laptop Delivery for Inquiry Team Members.
Later this month and through November, Dell
will deliver the laptops. The Dell rep will
contact your designee to confirm delivery and
set up times. After this process is completed,
your designee will confirm delivery via
signature. Questions related to this process,
call Dell at 718-935-5015.
Details on broadband service for those
Submit by Monday, October 22, the sign up
form if you selected yes in the broadband
survey you completed last month. Indicate the
number of laptops you need service for. You
can find this from at
0071016/broadband signup form.doc Email
you completed form to email@example.com
with the subject line “Inquiry Team
Broadband” or fax it 212-374-5585.
Target Population—November 15 Deadline.
In terms of flagging these students in ATS,
directions and details related to this process
will come out at a later date. Stay tuned.
Keep in mind that as you await these
directions, feel free to keep this list on paper
and start your instructional planning and
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