Monday, December 20th 4:00pm - The holidays are a fun and joyous time but also a very busy one that can leave children, parents, and teachers feeling overwhelmed and further compound feelings of burnout and stress from another pandemic school year. As we approach 2022, it is the perfect time to learn simple and quick stress management practices to carve out a few minutes each Monday to recharge and prepare for the week ahead. Why Monday? Research shows people who manage stress well on Monday are better able to reduce stress the rest of the week.
The workshop will be led by Meghan Crowley, Senior Program Associate with The Monday Campaigns and a former sixth grade teacher with a master’s in Health Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. This workshop will highlight several practices within the DeStress Monday at School program, designed by Johns Hopkins University and The Monday Campaigns, to help students and the adults in their life, start every week with a new tool for managing stress. Examples activities include: "Mindful drawing," "Kindness Garden," and "Deep Breathing." Parents will learn about making Monday a day to DeStress, and are encouraged to share these tools with their students and their teachers!
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CEC15 is accepting applications for two vacant seats. Each CEC represents a community school district and each is made up of 11 volunteer members, nine of whom are elected by parents in the district, the remaining members are appointed by the Brooklyn Borough President. However, when a member resigns, the public is notified and given the opportunity apply for the seat. A forum will be held to present the candidates and then the current CEC members vote to appoint a parent to the seat.
CEC15 is a state-mandated public body responsible for ensuring that public school parents and the public have input in educational decisions that are made at the school district level. Our Council reviews education policies and advocates for high quality education that benefit all of our District 15 public elementary and middle school students. CEC15 serves 35 Elementary and Middle Schools and one High School.
CEC members serve in an advisory role on education matters to the District Superintendent, the Chancellor of the Department of Education, and elected officials. We approve district school zoning lines submitted by the Department of Education. We evaluate our district Superintendent. We review the district’s educational programs and we support School Leadership Teams. We also submit recommendations for the School Construction Authority’s annual capital plan. Please attend CEC meetings to better understand the work of the council.
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We are excited to announce that D15 PAR Projects, District 15 , the DOE Office of District Planning, Voces Ciudadanas, and the Sunset Park community are launching a second participatory action research process in our district.
Did you know that there are four new school buildings opening in Sunset Park over the next few years? Are you interested in learning more about the schooling experiences and needs in our area and making recommendations about what should happen with SP schools?
The D15 Sunset Park PAR Project will develop recommendations around what should happen with Sunset Park schools, with a goal of equitable education and thriving schools for all children in Sunset Park.
We will be using a participatory action research (PAR) approach to build an understanding of what we need as a community to achieve equitable and thriving schools. Participatory action research (PAR) is an approach to knowledge production where those most impacted by a question, problem, or issue are centered and in leadership of the research process from beginning to end. The process is community-powered and community-accountable. In this project, a team of local community members who will be impacted by schooling changes will carry out the research. We call this group of community researchers: the Sunset PAR Team. The project is being co-facilitated by Maddy Fox (Brooklyn College, CUNY) and Voces Ciudadanas.
A team of local community members, who will be directly impacted by changes in our Sunset Park Schools, will carry out the work. We call this group of community researchers: the D15 Sunset PAR Team.
We are seeking local community members from across Sunset Park and connected to all our schools to join the D15 Sunset PAR Team. We are recruiting 12 community members to join as the Sunset PAR Team. Sunset PAR Team members will meet weekly, put in 1 – 5 hours/week on the project, receive a stipend for their participation. No prior experience necessary. There will be many ways to be involved and participate in the project in addition to being a member of the Sunset PAR Team.
The PAR Team will work together to figure out what we need to ask our neighbors to achieve equitable and thriving schools. The PAR team will be a group of people who will meet for 1 - 5 hours a week to:
This participatory process will center families impacted by the school changes and particularly families from historically excluded communities.
NOTE: District 15 will soon be launching a Design Team for the new PS 671 to develop the plan for that school. The D15 Sunset PAR Team will communicate closely with the 671 Design Team.
NYC Opt Out, District 15 educators, and special guests including Leonie Haimson (Class Size Matters) talk about the newly mandated academic (e.g., MAP, Acadience, iReady) and social-emotional learning (DESSA) tests being conducted three times per year in NYC public schools. Learn more about these tests and parents' rights to refuse to allow their children to participate in them.
Meghan Crowley of The Monday Campaigns offers a workshop to help parents help students stress less in 2022.
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