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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Have opinions on the Common Core State Standards?
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) now has an online survey http://www.nysed.gov/aimhighny for New Yorkers to give their feedback on the state’s Common Core standards in English Language Arts and Math. The results of the survey will be used to consider changes as they review the standards. The survey will be open until November 30.


Did You Know?  Pre-K Behavior Guidance

There is a new Pre-K behavior policy, which states that:
Children in Pre-K for All and EarlyLearn NYC programs may NOT be suspended or expelled;
Pre-K for All and EarlyLearn NYC programs may NOT shorten the school day of a child as an alternative to suspension; and Programs cannot shorten a child’s day unless the program receives approval from the DOE’s Division of Early Childhood Education and voluntary written consent from the child’s parent or guardian.

The policy, which includes much more information as well as a list of strategies for promoting positive behavior, is available on the DOE’s website.

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/EarlyChildhood/educators/UPK.htm


High School Academic Policy Reference Guide

An updated version of the NYC High School Academic Policy Reference Guide has been released. It includes information on graduation requirements, course credits, grading policies, and much more.

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/27BF8558-B895-407A-8F3F-78B1B69F030A/0/AcpolicyHighSchoolAcademicPolicyReferenceGuide.pdf


Career Guide for Teens with Disabilities

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth and members of the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) co-wrote a new guide for teens, Hitting The Open Road After High School: How to Choose Your Own Adventure to Success!

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/node/1471

And for parents, tips and resources to help your child pursue a satisfying career are available at www.ncwd-youth.info/family.

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/family


Check Out AFC’s Revised Guidebooks

We recently updated a number of our guidebooks for parents and professionals, including:

Guide to Early Intervention (also available in Spanish)
http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/sites/default/files/library/guide_to_early_intervention.pdf?pt=1

Guide to Preschool Special Education (also available in Spanish)
http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/sites/default/files/library/preschool_special_ed_guide.pdf?pt=1

Know Your Rights: A Guide to the Legal Rights of Immigrant
Families in New York City Public Schools (also available in Spanish, and coming soon in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, and Urdu)
http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/sites/default/files/library/immigrant_rights_guide_english.pdf?pt=1