Greetings! This week’s update includes a citywide STARS progress update, a call to action for the 2020 Senior Survey, and tips to prevent summer melt.
Our city is making history on many fronts, and our extended Decision Campaign is making tremendous progress in ensuring graduating seniors’ postsecondary plans have been accounted for citywide in the STARS Postsecondary Tracker, all while battling two pandemics. Please continue to enter senior plans in the STARS tracker and look out for Principals Digest updates on bulk upload functionality. We know this is a huge ask and we thank you for the hard work you are doing to ensure students have the support they need to cross the finish line!
Student voice is at the center of our work—documenting their plans and asking for their feedback will help us to continue to make significant improvements in the postsecondary planning landscape. The administration period for the Class of 2020 High School Senior Survey is now open until June 26. The survey is being administered remotely and includes questions related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details regarding the survey and its administration were in this past Monday’s Principals Digest.
Additionally, as we mentioned in our last message, we have to continue to affirm that our students’ lives and dreams matter. Research shows that summer melt disproportionately affects first-generation students, students from lower-income households, and students of color. As you continue to meet with seniors, use these tips to prevent students from summer melt, and encourage them to register for the next Future Ready Power Hour on June 17th focused on Summer Transition and preparing for the fall.
Last but not least, before posting students’ accomplishments on your school website and social media accounts, ensure students have media consent forms. When highlighting seniors on social media use the following hashtags: #FutureReadyNYC and #IDecided.