New York University Recovery Plan: A Closer Look at 6 Critical Areas

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – School communities and public school students in New York City will be supported during the 2021-2022 school year and beyond in a bold and rigorous new plan called the NYC Universal Recovery Plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor of Schools Meisha Porter announced Thursday that the return to school vision will have six key focus areas: early literacy for all; develop students as digital citizens; college and career preparation; investing in special education services; build a rigorous and inclusive universal curriculum; and invest in socio-emotional supports.

In addition, each focus area will include dedicated supports for multilingual learners and immigrant students to meet their unique needs.

“We are going to do something that has never been done in the history of New York public schools,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the plan Thursday. “I think this is a highlight for our children and our schools.”

The plan will be implemented in all public schools in the five boroughs by 2023. Federal funding in the form of $ 126 billion has enabled the city and the Department of Education (DOE) to create the New York City Universal Academic Recovery Plan.

Here’s a closer look at the critical areas of this plan.

EARLY LITERACY FOR ALL

The administration will redouble its commitment to early literacy by investing in screening and intervention for K-2 students. The aim is for all pupils to read at grade level by the end of the second year.

To do this, schools will use a universal literacy screening tool for all students in Kindergarten to Grade 2. He will identify the risks of dyslexia, as well as other challenges and disabilities related to print. The schools will then implement intervention plans based on the results.

The region will receive $ 49 million in funding.

The DOE will support schools throughout this literacy intervention process by:

  • Targeted reduction in class size achieved through the hiring of approximately 140 teachers in 72 elementary schools with higher needs.
  • Increase the number of Universal Literacy reading coaches to around 500 to provide all classes from early childhood and kindergarten to grade 2 with a literacy coach, and train kindergarten to grade 2 educators to provide literacy support to students in need.
  • Train ENL (English as a New Language), bilingual and content area teachers to track student progress and provide targeted support to multilingual learners.
  • In addition to the $ 49 million investment, the DOE is providing funds to all schools to use for targeted supports for students, such as tutoring, extended days, and enrichment activities.

DEVICES FOR DIGITAL CITIZENS

After the closure of New York City public schools in March 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), there has been an unprecedented investment in technology to ensure that every student can learn remotely from home. him. Over 800,000 devices have been purchased by schools and the DOE.

While distance learning in schools will no longer be necessary in the years to come, the new plan builds on technological advancements by ensuring that all students have access to a digital device and ensuring that all students are becoming digital citizens who are perfectly at ease with the new economy.

The DOE:

  • Ensure one device is available for every K-12 student by providing an additional 175,000 devices.
  • Expand access to the city’s rigorous Computer Science 4 All initiative to 400,000 students by 2024.
  • Train over 5,000 teachers in advanced computer science.
  • Launch a technology synthesis project for all eighth grade students to demonstrate their digital literacy skills.

This sector will receive funding of $ 122 million.

READY FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER

The DOE says preparing students to graduate from college and prepare for careers is more important than ever as the city recovers from the pandemic. This plan will ensure that every student is best prepared for the next stage of their life, by making multiple investments that benefit every high school student.

The plan includes:

  • Free, extracurricular and personalized university advice for each junior and senior.
  • Universal College Financial Aid Guidance to help you navigate the application process, available in multiple languages.
  • 48 new distance learning AP college preparation courses.
  • Restoration of College Now to serve 22,000 students from all high schools through dual enrollment and credit college courses across 18 CUNY campuses.
  • Immigrant Ambassador programs at 30 high schools that pair DOE immigrant students with college students to foster mentorship and early education at the university.
  • Student Success Centers for 34 high schools to ensure graduate plans for all students, and the expansion of the ELL Post-Secondary Preparation Program (PREP), which will be facilitated by a select group school counselors and educators.

This area will receive funding of $ 10 million.

INVESTING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

The plan will make all resources available to better support students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) – ranging from the youngest DOE learners to students preparing for graduation. The plan will invest $ 251 million in funding.

This includes:

  • Launch after-school and Saturday programs to ensure all students with IEPs receive additional education and related services.
  • Addition of 800 places in preschool special education by fall 2022.
  • Expand special preschool education committees to expedite IEP assessments and meetings.
  • Provide eligible students aged 21 and over with continuing education towards graduation or other exit credentials, or to receive consultations to facilitate post-secondary plans for college and career preparation .
  • Expand family workshops and information sessions through our Beyond Access series, which supports families of students with disabilities.

UNIVERSAL CURRICULUM

The city will develop a rigorous, inclusive and assertive program by fall 2021 called the Universal Mosaic Curriculum, according to the DOE. It will receive funding of $ 202 million.

Currently, there is no single curriculum that is sufficiently rigorous and academically inclusive for the city’s 1,600 schools and 1 million students. This new curriculum will build on literacy for all, accelerate student learning and free teachers from tedious curriculum development.

The DOE will create a comprehensive English Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum that will engage all students and prepare them for success by:

  • Providing an unprecedented infusion of books into every classroom for the upcoming school year that reflect the variety of stories, languages ​​and experiences that make up New York City.
  • Provide schools with dedicated funding to purchase written work in languages ​​spoken at home and create home language libraries to support multilingual learners.
  • Develop new training and support materials for ELA, math, the arts and more, in partnership with New York City educators, starting next year.
  • Launched new targeted professional development lessons for teachers.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

As previously announced by the city earlier this year, the DOE invests in the socio-emotional support of every student by:

  • Hire over 500 social workers and other mental health support staff to ensure every school has resources to support students who may be in crisis.
  • Addition of over 130 new community schools to provide expanded social, emotional, academic and extracurricular services to students in the most disadvantaged communities.
  • Carry out well-being checks and socio-emotional learning support to identify multilingual learners and their needs, especially when transitioning to full-time in-person learning.
  • Use a socio-emotional screening tool to help identify students in need and quickly match them with services.

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