In an effort to increase the amount of highly qualified minority educators certified in SpEd and TESOL to serve in high need areas within our Districts, QSNYCDOEBO has partnered with Queens College to create a program that will recruit high school seniors to enter a four year program where they can become certified in a Sped or TESOL areas. The second target group will be undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in adding a second license to their already existing general education license.
Current CTE data has shown that there is a lack of CTE opportunities available for students particularly living on the peninsula of Far Rockaway. The opportunities that do exist are over prescribed and can’t meet the current demand of students. The QSNYCDOEBO has been partnering with locally elected officials in efforts to fund additional CTE programs within the Rockaways that are in high demand. Recent data has shown that students who are engaged in farming programs as interns tend to be more successful in their school course work and in getting into colleges. Hence the focus on getting students who are economically disadvantaged to engage in a farming/marketing program.
Boys Mentoring Program
The QSNYCDOEBO launched its boys mentoring program last year targeting at-risk sixth grade Black and Latino boys. The goal is to continue with the program and expand to incoming sixth graders. The overall objective is to provide students a toolkit of skills and the understanding of how to be academically successful in an environment that may be impoverished or plagued by drugs and violence. A girls’ mentoring program will also be launched this year.
School Challenge Competition
The School Challenge Competition’s objective is to increase SAT and Regents Exam scores, while simultaneously granting student teams the ability to engage in an interactive learning experience that encourages them to display their knowledge of various subjects in a competitive manner. The subjects covered during this competition will include English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This event will help students gain knowledge about the world around them and build vocabulary. It also builds a spirit of competition, which promotes healthy and social interactions. Lastly, it builds parent engagement by having parents involved in the preparation process with their children and are partners in building a supportive environment at the event.
Parent Engagement Initiative
Our parent engagement initiative began last year and continued this year with a plan to engage more parents by training one point person in each school to provide monthly turn-key training to parents. QSNYCDOEBO training will be done for teachers one Tuesday of the month and training for parents will be done one Tuesday of the month.
We will continue to have our end of year awards ceremony to celebrate student performance, student perseverance (students in temporary housing); outstanding contributors of our QSNYCDOEBO staff; guidance counselors and social workers.