Highlights From the Field

Greeting International Visitors

posted Nov 10, 2017, 7:01 AM by Helen Kwong   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 7:02 AM ]

On November 9, 2017, Cheryl Watson-Harris, joined by Marlene Wilks, Executive Director of Queens South FSC, represented the DOE  to share an overview with a delegation from Hainan, China. The group was interested in the supports the DOE provided for schools and teachers. During the presentation, the Chancellor also made a surprise visit and greeted the visitors. 

PS Alumni Renewal Day

posted Nov 1, 2017, 10:59 AM by Helen Kwong   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 11:00 AM ]

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, OFS's own Katiana St. Jean led a team of New York City public school alumni to renew the library of Brooklyn Collegiate Preparatory School. The team reorganized books, painted walls, cleaned the bookshelves in order for the students of Brooklyn Collegiate Preparatory School to have a refreshed library to utilize. Thank you to the school staff, students, teachers, and volunteers who made Alumni Renewal Day a success!

Bronx Education All-Star Day

posted Sep 27, 2017, 6:38 AM by Helen Kwong   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 6:39 AM ]

Congratulations Bronx FSC for planning a wonderful and exciting event on Monday, September 25, 2017 for Bronx students. Over 8,000 Bronx students were present to be recognized for their dedication to achieving excellence in attendance, citizenship and/or academics! We could not be any more proud of the collaborative work between the Bronx FSC, Superintendents’ Teams, and the New York Yankees as it not only contributed to the success of the event, but it demonstrated the commitment to ensuring our students have access to an equitable and excellent education! We are excited to continue these partnerships and look forward to another event in the spring. 
In addition, the students got to see a historic game…Aaron Judge became the first rookie to hit 50 home runs in a season.  

Bronx students at Yankee Stadium
bronx students at yankee stadium

Spotlight on Lawrence Pendergast in September 2017- Principal's Notes

posted Sep 5, 2017, 9:46 AM by Helen Kwong

Check out the Chancellor's spotlight on our Queens North Field Support Center Executive Director Lawrence Pendergast: 

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image clip of spotlight on larry

Mindfulness in Education: Call to Inventory

posted May 11, 2017, 2:02 PM by Helen Kwong

On May 10th, 2017 the Office of Field Support hosted its first Mindfulness in Education: Call to Inventory event.  The focus of this gathering was focused around two main areas:

  • Strategies to support all members of the professional learning community in managing stress to improve the quality of professional performance.
  • Strategies to learn and teach to students to support their social, emotional and academic learning.

Participants included a diverse continuum of stakeholders and schools receiving services from our Field Support Centers.  Pedagogues, principals, assistant principals, FSC and Central offices came together and began a professional conversation and group sharing around the needs of supporting mindfulness programs in schools. Additionally, creating a professional learning community of educators and administrators with a common interest in mindfulness in education.

Dream Big for Young Men of Color

posted May 11, 2017, 1:57 PM by Helen Kwong

On May 2, 2017, FSC Executive Directors and Superintendents created this mosaic of their dreams for young men of color. Dr. Omekongo Dibinga introduced three essential questions to consider around race and culture. 

1. How do awareness, knowledge, and understanding of one’s own racial and cultural identity promote effective learning and teaching?

2. How do awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the racial and cultural identity of students promote effective learning and teaching?

3. How can educators establish learning environments that are conscious of race and culture to ensure implementation of culturally relevant instruction?

Sharing and Learning with CASEL and Chicago Public Schools

posted Apr 25, 2017, 1:44 PM by Helen Kwong

On April 19, a contingent from NYC DOE comprised of Superintendents, FSC Executive Directors, Central Office staff and CBOs led by Community School Executive Director Chris Caruso visited Chicago Public Schools to learn more about their efforts around Social and Emotional Learning [SEL]. This visit was a part of a Wallace Grant that NYC DOE [Community Schools] was awarded and part of larger efforts to secure a 3 year grant. The group got a chance to sit in on SEL coordinator training, visit schools and speak with experts from Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning [CASEL] around the work in Chicago. The experiences and learnings from this trip will no doubt inform and influence the current work related to the Wallace Grant and future efforts related to SEL. 

Girl Rising Film Screening

posted Feb 21, 2017, 11:51 AM by Helen Kwong

On February 15, 2017, the Office of Field Support in conjunction with the Girls Empowerment Movement Steering Committee hosted a film screening for students from various high schools. The film Girl Rising introduced a host of issues that bar girls from other countries from being able to receive an education. The film led students to asking poignant questions about the issues the girls in the film faced. 


Early Childhood & Field Support Meet and Greet

posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:53 AM by Helen Kwong

On November 28, 2016, in an effort to foster collaboration with Central offices, (Chancellor's Priority #1 for Field Support) and to begin to align Pre-K  to Kindergarten, we worked with the Division of Early Childhood Education to organize a meet and greet for our field staff. We found out that we had a lot in common and look forward to continuing to work together to support our schools. 

Field Support Center leadership teams

posted Dec 1, 2016, 11:20 AM by Helen Kwong

Every month, the Chancellor convenes the FSC Executive Directors and the Superintendents together for a meeting to collaborate and to work on goals for the year. Every other month, the Directors are invited to join the Executive Directors at this meeting. November 1, 2016, was the first time the Directors joined the Executive Directors for a joint meeting. During this meeting, each Executive Director shared their FSC goals and priorities and each functional area broke off into a group discussion on their respective functional area goals and priorities. 

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