Empathy and Engagement
Chancellor's Focus on Literacy
Robust attention looks different in our school, but it is no less important. Our students deserve access to direct instruction, phonics and decoding skill development, and most importantly, access to literature and great books. Students can read in many ways- traditional books, via adapted texts, audiobooks, vocational materials, and community signs. Let's use the same D75 motto, and give our students a world of options.
From the website:
Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong
There's an idea about how children learn to read that's held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this podcast, host Emily Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It's an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn't true and are now reckoning with the consequences — children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.
Upcoming Events/To Do
October 10 to 27- Initial Planning Conferences
October 14th-9am-2pm- New Teacher Induction, Ellery site
October 16th-20th- Spirit Week
October 16th- Extended Day, IEP Tracker review
October 22nd- Disability Pride Parade
October 23rd- Hispanic Heritage Month culminating projects due
October 25th- Hispanic Heritage YouTube Live event
October 27th- SANDI closes
October 27th- Masquerade Ball
What are you reading today?
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
"It has been such a privilege to see how far Joseph, Mohammed, and Nery have come since they first stepped into the doors as students at P373K. Over the years we have all gotten to watch them grow. They have never once let their disability get in the way of what they want to achieve in their lives. Mohammed now has his own apartment, Nery has Yankees season tickets, and Joseph is becoming one of the most popular staff in our school community, always at every event. Getting to see them every day now working as adults is a great daily reminder of how much our students really can accomplish one day. We should all be very very proud of these 3 young men." - Mr. Be'
"Being able to work alongside Joseph, Mohamed, and Nery at Flatbush Town Hall is an experience I would have never dreamed possible when I first began my teaching career. To have my previous students now as my coworkers fills me with so much pride in this school community and the way we nurture one another's’ growth despite disability. Mohamed, Joseph, and Nery are the epitome of reliable, hard-working employees who are dedicated to our students on another level, and it is invaluable to have staff who can understand and relate to our students in the way that they do. "- Ms. Larson
New Teacher Induction
Rabekah Pasquetti and Kimberly Crousset for the beautiful "What am I Reading?" bulletin boards.
To our staff who organized and participated in Saturday's new teacher induction:
Book of the Week
Song of the Week
Among his other literary achievements – including writing Natives, a best-selling book on race (see above) Akala set up the Hip-hop Shakespeare Company in 2009, a musical theatre group that highlights the linguistic similarities between rap lyrics and Shakespeare’s plays. This is the 2006 single supporting his mission to bring Shakespeare alive for new generations. “I’m similar to William, but a little different / do it for kids that’s illiterate, not Elizabeth”.