Celebrating Career Exploration, Career Technical Education and Black History Month!

Greetings! The College and Career Planning Team (CCPT), commits to providing you timely updates, student-level data tools and a College and Career Planning Point to support your school community. In this edition, we focus on gearing up for Career Exploration/ Career Technical Education (CTE) Month in February, and SAT School Day in March-April.   

Starting on Monday February 1, the DOE will celebrate Career Exploration and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. We are kicking off the month with a series of virtual events, complete this registration to receive login information for virtual career panels to share with your high school students and families. The Division of Multilingual Learners (DML) is also hosting resume writing workshops and career panels in English, Haitian Creole, Spanish and Arabic. We encourage your school community to participate in these events and/or host your own activities for grades 9–12, refer to the Postsecondary Planning Toolkit for lesson plans. We invite you to highlight your school’s activities and seniors who have applied/matched to career programs on your school’s website and social media by using the following hashtag: #FutureReadyNYC. Ensure students have media consent forms before posting on social media.

Additionally, the DOE will continue to fund the SAT School Day administration for all students in grade 11 this spring. Be sure to review the P-Digest guidance on Extended-Use Building Permits as your school makes plans for testing. Due to budget constraints, the PSAT 10 will not be Centrally-funded this school year. English Language Learners (ELLs) and Students with Individualized Plans (IEPs) are eligible for SAT accommodations. ELLs are allowed 50% extended time. Work with your SAT School Day Coordinator to submit requests for your students through the SSD Online Portal four weeks before administration. Review deadlines here, order bilingual glossaries, print out and review test directions (available in 13 languages), with your ELLs before test day. For more information on SAT accommodations, refer to the College Board website.

We know these events are a huge undertaking so we thank you for always rising to the occasion to support our students in their postsecondary endeavors!

Feb. To-Do List:

Register and attend Office hours on 1/29 or 2/1 to learn more about the Funding through College Access for All–High School initiative. At least one team member from every high school is encouraged to attend.
✓ Submit budget proposal for College Access for All–High School funding by Feb. 5.
✓ Participate in Career Exploration and CTE Month throughout the month of Feb. Register student groups for career panels and workshops.
✓ Plan career exploration activities for all grades. Refer to Postsecondary Planning ToolkitCareer Panel resource and Career Exploration Student self guided Workbooks (available in all 9 DOE languages) for lessons and activities.
✓ Request accommodations for  students with IEPs and ELLs four weeks prior to the SAT administration.   
✓ Order the exams for SAT School Day. Additional details are available here
✓ Use the FAFSA  and TAP completion data to follow up with seniors who have not completed their financial aid forms. Refer to more resources here.
✓ With the CUNY deadline approaching on February 1st, review your CUNY application report and ensure students’ applications are complete (fee or waiver submitted, OSIS number on file, essay completed if applying to Queens, Baruch or Hunter). 
✓ Celebrate and talk to your students about Black History Month; discuss connections with current events, contributions of Black people in the U.S. and the world.

News you can use Bulletin:

✎ In honor of Black History Month and Career Exploration Month coming up, check out this list of career and scholarship resources for Black/African Americans.
✎ Access free academic and mental health resources that are available to staff, students, and families on the InfoHub.
✎ President Biden Lays Out Early Actions to Support Student Loan Borrowers, DREAMers, and Higher Ed.
✎ Reach Higher is seeking nominations for students and educators to highlight on social media.

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