District 19 Newsletter
Message from Superintendent
Dr. Thomas McBryde Jr.
Message from Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Tamra S. Collins
In honor of Black History Month, District 19 schools engaged in several celebrations to honor the contributions Black people have made to the world. While many schools held individual programs and activities throughout the month, the District came together on February 25th to celebrate in an event entitled, “Still. I RISE!”. The show featured our amazing scholars demonstrating their talents in the visual arts, dance, song, spoken word and so much more as they took us on a journey through six pivotal eras in which the Black community persevered: African-Americans prior to Slavery, Slavery/Reconstruction, Renaissance of Arts and Literature, Civil Rights Movement/Black Power, Breaking Barriers, and Celebrating our Now. It was an emotional rollercoaster of an evening that solidified that our scholars are phenomenal and represent nothing short of excellence! As a community, we smiled, sang, cried and experienced goosebumps together on D19's journey through Black History. Major kudos to everyone involved in making the show a success!
District 19 GEM
District 19 MBK
District 19's Parent Coordinator February PD focused on how parent empowerment aligns with the vision and mission of the NYC Department of Education. Parent Coordinators reviewed the NYC DOE organizational structures, Framework for Great Schools, C.E.P. and parent leadership structures. The next Parent Coordinator PD will be on Monday, March 8.
D19 was awarded $25,000 from WE Charity as a part of a Trauma-Informed Practice Grant. Guidance counselors received professional development from WE Charity on trauma-informed practices as a part of our District SEL Professional Development. The emphasis was on the impact of the pandemic on Grief and Bereavement, Identifying Trauma and Stress Traits, and Teaching Self-Care.
Guidance counselors added specific trauma-informed practices/strategies to their toolbox to implement with students and school communities in an effort to decrease the negative impact of the pandemic's stressors. Assisting students in creating “Emotional First-Aid Kits” was one of the most well received strategies guidance counselors plan to implement.
The grant included training for 25% of each school's staff. Additional dates will be forthcoming to provide this professional development opportunity to parent coordinators, school culture committee members, school aides, administration, SLT, teachers and paraprofessionals.
PRINCIPAL YVETTE DONALDP.S. 149K
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL KIMARA GREENFDA VIII
PARENT COORDINATOR RAFAEL AMADEOP.S. 108K
TEACHER BURNITA LEWISP.S. 273K
D19 Community wellness check-in
District 19 Brooklyn Basics' schools participated in trainings focused on the Overview of the Basics on February 9th and Talking about the Basics to Families on February 23rd. The participants discussed literary research and engaged in role play and group work. The final Brooklyn Basics training is on Tuesday, March 2nd. On February 10th, the Community Partnership meeting was held. Organizations learned about Brooklyn Basics and how they can support the initiative. Partnerships include CAMBA, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC), D19 Community School Directors, D19 School Mental Health Specialists, Literacy Inc., East NY Reads, D19's Division of Early Childhood: Teaching and Learning Team, D19 Early Childhood Social Workers, D19's Mental Health & Wellness Administrator and True Care Solutions.
March 2 - CEC Meeting
March 24 - Community Wellness Check-In
March 26 - MBK & GEM Convenings
March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break (No School)