CEC1 – Join the SIPP Planning Team! (Posted: September 18, 2015)

Dear Community,

You are invited to join the Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program (SIPP) Grant Planning Team by signing up to be a part of one of the 4 planning work groups listed below:

Work Group Descriptions
(Click on the links below for more information about each work group):

PS 15 Enrichment Planning Work Group
primarily made up of staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and family members of students from the PS 15 school community, with focus on school-based engagement and the educational enhancement and magnetization of PS 15;
Family Resource Center Planning Work Group:
a diverse, representative group of family and community members, teachers, staff and administrators from the CSD 1 community, the work group will create a community-wide Family Resource Center that will facilitate the equitable implementation of the SES integration-conscious student assignment and choice-based school admissions policy; with particular focus on the types of families the Resource Center support will target;

Socioeconomic, Diversity-Conscious Student Assignment Planning Work Group:
a diverse, representative group of family and community members, teachers, staff and administrators from the CSD 1 community will formulate and test an effective and equitable SES integration-conscious student assignment and target school choice-based admissions policy;

Program Monitoring and Evaluation Work Group
a work group to identify the timeline, methodology, quantitative and qualitative data and information and metrics that will document and assess the implementation of the SES Integration Pilot.
Either email the project coordinator at lisabdonlan@hotmail.com to express your interest in and commitment to working on this pilot program or download and complete the linked form which you are encouraged to print, copy and distribute in your school community.


What is the Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program (SIPP) Grant?

In late July, the New York State Education Department awarded Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program Grants to a number of NYC schools, including District 1’s PS 15: Roberto Clemente School. See the grant announcement here.

When did the grant get announced to the D1 community?

The Pilot Grant kicked off at the CEC meeting at PS 20 on Wednesday, September 16th, where members of the D1 community were offered the opportunity to join one of the 3 working groups that will undertake the planning over the Fall.

Why undertake a Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program?

To learn more about the community’s commitment to community-based planning around school diversity, please see CEC 1’s report on diversity workshops aimed at driving admission planning.

Why undertake a Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program in CSD 1?

CSD 1 has a history of choice-based admissions policies that have sought to create fair and equitable access to all schools regardless of economic status, race, ethnicity, gender or academic achievement; that promoted diversity and strengthened our schools as learning communities; and that encouraged parent and family involvement. These policies have been opposed, misinterpreted, and dismantled over the last several years as part of the previous administration’s Student First “reforms”. See more about this history and about the timeline of related advocacy efforts.

What is the timeline and purpose of the planning grant?

The grant covers a 6 month community planning process to take place starting now and going through December, which will result in a proposal that, if approved, will fund a 2 year implementation period to work towards the goals mapped out in the planning grant.

The planning grant will allow for the creation of a district-wide Family Resource Center, a school enrichment initiative at PS 15, and socioeconomic-based, diversity-conscious student assignment planning.

How much time am I committing to if I sign up for a planning work group?

The 4 planning groups that make up the District Planning Team, a sub committee of the District Leadership Team, will meet monthly following the kick-off forum on Sept 16th.

How do I sign up?

Community members can email Lisa Donlan, Project Coordinator, at lisabdonlan@hotmail.com to express interest in joining a work group.