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Webinar Series for Families of Students with Disabilities
 
 
 

When students transitioned to remote learning last school year, the DOE launched a series of webinars for families of students with disabilities called the Beyond Access series. The series is continuing this year with webinars designed to support families of students with disabilities during this challenging time. The webinars are hosted by the DOE in partnership with experts in the field. Topics include executive cognitive functioning, literacy, social emotional learning, among other topics. Content experts will provide strategies and resources that families can use to support their children's learning and overall well-being at home. The webinars, which began on January 12, are being held every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. through the end of May. For questions about the beyond access series, email dsissevents@schools.nyc.gov.  

 

NYCDOE Beyond Access Series

Dial-A-Teacher
  • What: Homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers
  • Where: Call 212-777-3380
  • Who: Students in kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session
  • Languages spoken: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog
  • Subjects available: English, math, science and social studies
Click here for the Common Core library's family page.
 
 
 
 
 

NY Project Hope COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline

Emotional support is available if you are feeling stressed, isolated, scared, anxious, sad, or angry during this trying time. Trained crisis counselors are available at the NY Project Hope COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline to provide a listening ear, information, and referrals to a vast array of community resources. The helpline is open 7 days a week from 8 AM to 10 PM. Please see the New York State Education Department parent newsletter for more information - https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Parent-Newsletter--Message-from-Commissioner-Betty-A--Rosa.html?soid=1110847617454&aid=TnwtFWya_2o.

 

Wide Open Schools Family Resources

The Wide Open School website provides learning activities for students to complete independently at home, or with their families. Activities are available in all subjects and grades, and in all languages via Google Translate. Families can use the information to do the following:

  • Access an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year, in grades K-8; high school units will be added soon. 
  • Engage with their child on what is taught at school;  
  • Find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping children focused, as well as information about using online learning tools;   
  • Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences; 
  • Locate afterschool activities.
Courses for Families to Support Students in Hybrid and Remote Learning
 
 

The DOE invites families to participate in a three-part Parent University virtual series called “Making Learning Work.” The courses include a user-friendly family guide with practical resources, tools, and tips to help students learn at home and school, and build and sustain meaningful relationships. Courses will be conducted in English and Spanish and taught by DOE partners at Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership. Please share these courses with your families using these flyers in English and Spanish.

As shared in the November 20 edition of Principals Digest, the DOE’s Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Please continue to share this resource with your school community by emailing these flyers to families (translated versions of the flyer are available in all DOE-supported languages on the Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) family-facing webpage).

For questions, email ParentU@schools.nyc.gov.

Literacy Partners is offering free online classes for parents and caregivers of young children

Help adults improve their reading skills, learn to speak English and complete a high school equivalency degree. They also have online workshops to help Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers support their child’s early learning.

 

 

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Courses for Families to Support Students in Hybrid and Remote Learning
 
 

The DOE invites families to participate in a three-part Parent University virtual series called “Making Learning Work.” The courses include a user-friendly family guide with practical resources, tools, and tips to help students learn at home and school, and build and sustain meaningful relationships. Courses will be conducted in English and Spanish and taught by DOE partners at Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership. Please share these courses with your families using these flyers in English and Spanish.

Reduced Cost Broadbent Internet Service
 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which will provide reduced cost broadband internet service for eligible New York City households during the COVID-19 pandemic. All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit, and funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has exhausted available funds or six months after the US Department of Health and Human services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Families can find out if they are eligible, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households: 

  • Monthly Benefit: a discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or 
  • One-time Device Discount: up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available. 

Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: SpanishArabicAmharicBurmeseChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanPortugueseRussianSomaliTagalog, and Vietnamese

If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.

Helpful Websites for Students and Parents
Reading websites:
Lexiacore5.com
Readingplus.com (site code: RPPS32G1)
IReady.com
Readworks.org
Storylineonline.net
Jr.brainpop.com
Esp.brainpop.com (Spanish version of Brainpop)
Readingrockets.org
Rif.org
ColorinColorado.org (bilingual website available in Spanish)
Timeforkids.com
Time.com/tfk-free/ (Time for Kids digital library available in Spanish & Chinese)
Math websites:
Splashlearn.com
Mathplayground.com
Prodigygame.com
Mathgametime.com
Coolmathgames.com
Websites for parent tips, children activities and access to many other helpful websites
Readingrockets.org
ColorinColorado.org

Parent Support Group Presentation: Mrs. Coraci

     Mrs. Coraci spoke about summer academic resources and activities to support your child.  For example, some online resources include: Lexiacore5.com , Readingplus.com (site code: RPPS32G1), IReady.com, Readworks.org, Storylineonline.net, Mathplayground.com, Splashlearn.com, jr.brainpop.com and many more. Other resources include using reading materials at home like: magazines, newspapers, cookbooks, word puzzles, fiction and non-fiction books. Some activities suggested include: reading every day to your child and in different places such as: porch, park, backyard and bed time; listening to audio books (example: rif.org). Writing activities can include: writing letters to friends and relatives, keeping a summer journal, writing poems, making shopping lists with parents, etc. Also, if possible, visiting to your local library which has many programs to offer. Lastly, Reading Rockets is an excellent website that includes many parent tips like book lists; practice worksheets for math, reading, and science; videos; access to PBS shows to teach kids on various academic topics and much more.