June 11 – Weekly Update

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 pandemicsPlease 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.

Weekly To-Do List:

✓ Staff: Refer to antiracist and other educator resources.
✓ Staff: Meet with 12 graders 1:1 and track their plans in STARs. Refer to the STARS Postsecondary Tracker FAQs for guidance. For technical support consult with the Postsecondary Tracker Wiki and contact your school BCO academic policy and systems lead.
✓ Staff: Consult with the Decision Day Campaign Toolkit for 2020 for resources to support and celebrate graduating seniors.
✓ Staff: Visit the TeachHub for Instructional Materials focused on College and Career Planning for grades 9-12. For Non-DOE staff, visit the RemoteCCP Resources Public Folder.
✓ Staff: Attend our weekly Virtual Office Hour next Wednesday at 2 pm.   
✓ Staff: Attend the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling Virtual Conference 2020.  
✓ 12 graders: Register for Future Ready Power Hours and other virtual events
✓ NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) Updates: 

  • The TAP signature page has been updated to be more accessible for students and families. The form can be filled in, signed electronically, and sent to the email address listed on the form.
  • Sign-up to receive email notifications about Excelsior Application and visit the general COVID-19 FAQs.





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