UAI Staff News
April 29th, 2019
(29 Instructional Days Remaining)
Ishrat impresses Generation Citizen. Class of 2020 Ishrat Jahan was asked by Generation Citizen to be on a panel with Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, and the CEO of Generation Citizen, Scott Warren during the break for a small event for their donors and Board. She answered questions from Scott and the audience and spoke passionately about the importance of youth participation in politics while also educating the panel about why young people often feel disenfranchised in our political system. Almost every person in attendance expressed how impressed they were with Ishrat’s passion and engagement and commended UAI for helping develop her voice and confidence. The GC staff even approached Ishrat about applying to be on their Board of Directors when she turns 18.
Facing History Grant Winners. Natalie, Joey, Rebecca, and Kelly applied to Facing History for their In-Depth Grant and won! Facing History is an educational support organization that provides resources and professional development for schools and teachers as they work to make history come alive for their students and develop their moral responsibility as citizens in our global culture. This grant provides our teachers with both resources and PD opportunities to help our UAI teachers! Great work team!
Our very own LINCT Presenter. Nina was selected to present at the First Annual LINCT Exhibition for Teaching and Learning. At the Inaugural LINCT Exhibition, educators and students across their 92 partner schools will showcase their work, and our very own Ms. Nina will be one of them! LINCT (Lessons in Navigating College Transition) provides curriculum and professional development support for our 11th and 12th grade Math & ELA teachers to help our students be college ready.
Welcome Back Val! Val Binyard has been on leave since October 2017. She is returning to UAI on Monday! As an assistant principal, Ms. Val will be supporting our discipline team, providing teacher supervision support, and providing instruction for our self-contained students in the middle school. We welcome you back Ms. Val!! We'll introduce her to everyone during PD after school.
Staff Out This Week
- Monday 29APR:
- No One
- Tuesday 30APR:
- No One
- Wednesday 01MAY: NYS MS Math Exam, MP5 Grades are Due
- No One
- Thursday 02MAY: NYS MS Math Exam
- No One
- Friday 03MAY: MP5 Report Cards Distributed, 7th Grade Trip
- Kristi - Personal Business
To Do This WeekMonday PD. This Monday will be our next session on understanding bias in our classrooms. We will be continuing the work we started before break. We'll all meet together in 409 at 3PM. Here's the plan. For this Monday, we'll begin by reading the chapter I gave you last Monday on "Warm Demanders" from Delpit's Multiplication is for White People. You'll have time to refresh your thinking about the chapter as we use a protocol to structure our discussion of the text.
- Monday, 29APR19. Strategies to Limit the Impact of Bias in the Classroom
- Monday, 06MAY19. Monthly Grade Team Meetings and Planning for May 9th Conferences
- Monday, 13MAY19. Planning to Limit the Impact of Bias in Our Classrooms Part I
- Monday, 20MAY19. Planning to Limit the Impact of Bias in Our Classrooms Part II
Tuesday Outreach. As a reminder, May 9th is our next parent conference. That conference will be focused on meeting with students who are failing as of MP5. MP5 ended before the break and grades are due on Wednesday at 3PM. Report cards will be distributed during last period on Friday, 03MAY19. Please use Tuesday time to contact any and all students who are currently failing your class. Please use prep time this week to update Skedula so that families and students have access to their performance data in your classes. When you contact home, here are some points to address with their families:
- How is there attendance to class?
- How well are they participating in class, what can be improved?
- How well are they performing on class assessments? What can families do to help?
- How well are they doing on class assignments? What can families do to help?
As a reminder, for Promotion In Doubt records, we need to document our interventions. Your contact home is part of that intervention. Please make sure to enter your outreach into Skedula.
Final Parent Conferences Thursday, May 9th. This final parent conference session will be structured like traditional parent conferences with teachers meeting with their classroom students (rather than their advisees). Advisors and classroom teachers have been reaching out to families of parents who are failing classes, and we will be sending home targeted messages based on MP5 grades. Please make sure you are prepared to hold meetings with students and their families to explain how students have progressed through the year, and what families can do to intervene and support student learning in this last marking period.