Greetings! This week’s update highlights our professional learning community, the importance of wellness, and reminding our students that they matter!
Today and every day, we stand with you and our students. We stand with the Black community and proclaim that Black Lives Matter. Of the 1.1 million students we serve, students of color comprise the majority: 40.6 % are Latinx, 25.5% are Black, 16.2 % are Asian, 15.1% are White, and 2.4% identify themselves in other ways. Our mission is to keep our students’ futures at the forefront; thus, we cannot ignore the impact that systemic racism and current national events have on the lives and future plans of our students. COVID-19 has affected communities of color in disproportionate numbers and in the midst of this pandemic, Black people’s lives continue to be threatened at the hands of police brutality. In order for us to heal and reform systems, we have to acknowledge these deep-rooted issues in our country and remind ourselves that we can be a part of the solution by educating ourselves about anti-racist practices, checking our privilege, uplifting the voices of people of color, and increasing access and success in all postsecondary pathways.
The College and Career Planning Team continues in its commitment to creating system-wide change by removing barriers, supporting staff, and building partnerships to expand postsecondary access and success for all students. Access, equity, and success are at the foundation of our work. As educators, we have a responsibility to ensure our students feel heard, feel they belong, and most importantly, affirmed that their lives and their dreams matter.
This week the NYCDOE is devoting June 4th to professional development for school staff. As you continue to support students with postsecondary planning, we invite you to attend the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual Conference 2020.The conference is providing educational sessions focused on supporting students of color and many opportunities for expanding your network of resources. Additionally, join us next Wednesday (6/10) in our virtual office hours focused on summer melt. More than ever, it is crucial that we continue our journeys as antiracist educators, that we advocate, that we listen to our students, and remind them that their lives and dreams matter. And, of course, we must fill our own cups by prioritizing our wellness and checking in with our loved ones.
Last but not least, many of our students are the first in their families to graduate high school with postsecondary plans, so we thank you for celebrating their accomplishments. Before posting on your school website and on social media accounts, ensure students have media consent forms. When highlighting seniors on social media use the following hashtags: #FutureReadyNYC and #IDecided.