Week of November 18
Principals and ESI Team Members,
Academic Progress Reports for schools were released last week. For many of our ESI schools, the reports reflect the high standards our schools have with regard to ensuring educational opportunity for their Black and Latino young male students that is on par with their counterparts in the New York City Public School System. As you continue to reflect on this data, we urge all of our schools to consider the College and Career Readiness Indicator section and to use this measure as you continue to plan for the success of your Black and Latino young male students.
In this issue you will find the following features:
- News and Updates: Distribution of “Succeeding in the City Report” to Schools!
- Opportunities: Effective Postsecondary Planning Training, Question Bridge
- School Spotlight: High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety
- Did You Know?: The Importance of Ninth Grade
- Shout Outs: Transit Tech!
News and Updates
Distribution of “Succeeding in the City: A Report from the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study”
This week, Dr. Shaun Harper and his team from the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education will ship copies of the “Succeeding in the City” report. Please distribute copies to all staff in your school community. We recommend that members of the ESI team and other staff read and discuss the findings and recommendations in the report. As an additional resource, we encourage you to use the discussion guide that has been created as a companion to the report. If you do not receive the reports, or if you need additional copies, please contact the ESI Team at email@example.com.
Chris Johnson “Question Bridge: Creative Expression and Social Transformation”
On December 4th, Chris Johnson, Professor of Photography at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, will introduce the Question Bridge concept and video installation project, first created in 1996 for the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. Professor Johnson will speak about both its origins and how it evolved into the current version that opened at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is touring major museums across the country.
Question Bridge: Black Males is a project that critically explores challenging issues within the Black male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among black men across the geographic, economic, generational, educational and social strata of American society. Question Bridge provides a safe setting for necessary, honest expression and healing dialogue on themes that divide, unite and puzzle black males in the United States. Question Bridge: Black Males provides multiple entry-points for black men to contribute to the conversation and develop a group generated identity map that represents and redefines Black male identity in America.
Join Professor Johnson at NYU School of Law (Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South) December 4th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Please RSVP here.
Effective Postsecondary Planning Training (from Principal’s Weekly)
This training, “Effective Postsecondary Planning Training: Affording Access and Success for All Students,” will afford attendees from ESI schools an opportunity to learn about and discuss effective ways of supporting our students through the college planning, application, and admissions process from creating a college-going school culture to advising on financial aid resources. This series of six workshops are open to DOE employees who are college counselors or who serve that function. Network youth development specialists are strongly encouraged to attend with staff. Schools were invited in last week’s Principals’ Weekly to register at least one staff member for training by November 25. Schools should aim to send one staff member per 35 seniors to the training by the 2015-16 school year. New cohorts start on December 4. To register, click here. For more information, please contact Sugeni Perez-Sadler.
The Latino College Fair takes place this weekend at Fordham University at their Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx.
When: Saturday, November 23rd, 11:30 – 3:45
Event: 6th Annual Latino College Fair at Fordham University
Location: Fordham University Rose Hill Campus (441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY)
Registration: Click here to register.
Note: If you organize a school trip to visit this college fair with your young men, please take pictures and tell us about your experience. (Narrative and pictures should be emailed to Richard Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org)