Below please find some of the NYC resources available to you as parents/guardians and ways in which you can partner with your child’s school:
NYC Schools Accounts: NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is an app that helps you track your child’s education. Through NYCSA, you can see their grades, attendance, fitness results, schedule, and more. Find out how to sign up, now. Click here to sign up.
Visit Parent University: Parent University is a course registration and management system where NYC families can find free trainings on a wide range of topics. Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood, and seeks to educate and empower them as partners and advocates through free courses, resources, events, and activities. Visit the Parent University Website.
Adult Education (Ages 21+): If you are 21 years old or older, New York City is home to hundreds of tuition-free Adult Education classes across all five boroughs. Choose from more than 800 courses, and day, night or weekend classes. For more information on how to enroll, visit the Adult Education page.
The Child Mind Institute: When a child is struggling, the whole family is affected. At the Child Mind Institute they help you make good decisions for your kids and navigate the challenges of parenting. They explore the concerns and challenges they hear about most from parents and provide expert guidance on how to respond in the most effective way. And if you have a child who needs support, they offer resources that can help you get the best care for that child and the best outcome for your family. Click here to access resources for families.
NYU Metro Center: The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools is a comprehensive, university-based center that focuses on educational research, policy, and practice. They are a partner and resource at the local and national levels in strengthening and improving access, opportunity, and the quality of education in schools. They work collaboratively to develop novel, engaging, participatory, and culturally responsive ways to explore family engagement and leadership. Click here to learn more about their Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Family Engagement guidance and upcoming events.
Manhattan Transition and College Access Center (MNTCAC): The Transition and College Access Centers support schools and families by facilitating a seamless transition for students from school to adult life. All students are provided with experiences that foster their academic, social-emotional, and vocational growth and excellence, facilitating multiple pathways to graduation and success after high school. Click here to access thier brochure and professional learning catalogue.
INCLUDEnyc Online Events: INCLUDEnyc provides training and information for young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them. For more information about INCLUDEnyc’s online events, please visit their website here.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to get involved! Here are some ways you can connect to your child’s school:
Parent/Parent-Teacher Associations: PA/PTAs are representative of all parents in their schools, including parents of children receiving special education services, English Language Learners, children eligible for free and reduced priced lunch, and children participating in gifted and talented or magnet programs. PA/PTAs must solicit participation and support from all parents. PA/PTA officers, and particularly the three mandatory officers—president, recording secretary, and treasurer—are responsible for running the day-to-day affairs of the PA/PTA; communicating with members to inform them and hear their concerns; representing parents on their school’s School Leadership Team; and attending meetings of the appropriate Presidents’ Council.
School Leadership Team: The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for their school. They also make sure there are resources to support those policies. The SLT provides ongoing evaluations of a school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement, plays an important role in school-based decision-making, and helps to make school cultures more collaborative.
Title I Parent Advisory Council (Title I Schools Only): Title I PAC is a consultative and representative body that involves and engages all Title I parents of participating students in the Title I program. The Title I PAC Chairperson will represent the PAC and participate with the SLT in the joint review, planning, and improvement of the school’s Title I program (CEP), and the development, revision and review of the parent and family engagement policy.
Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up:
March 18: High schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools, Evening conferences
March 19: High schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools, Afternoon conferences
Please note: These dates and times may vary by school and grade level. We recommend reaching out to your child's teachers or your school's administration to confirm your school's conference dates and times this month.