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  • Free Pre-K Event

    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks Introduce New Public School Superintendents

    Hired with an unprecedented amount of family and community involvement, 45 superintendents begin on July 1
    NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David C. Banks today introduced 45 new and returning New York City public schools district superintendents, who represent a diverse cross-section of experience in public schools and a commitment to putting students and families at the core of our city’s schools.
    “For the first time, the process of selecting district superintendents has involved constant input from parents, giving them the opportunity to hear from candidates, ask questions, and provide feedback on who should be the superintendent for their community,” said Mayor Adams. "These superintendents are committed to the communities they serve: To children, their parents, and families and teachers. From the start, we vowed to ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New York City families and this is just the beginning. We have much more in store for our children and families to transform our education system and deliver the best results for our young New Yorkers who depend on us.”
    “It is my honor to introduce today the educational leaders on my team that will work every day to reimagine our public schools,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “We promised our students bold action and each of these leaders is prepared to step into this newly reimagined role of superintendent to deliver on that promise. For families and community partners, each of these leaders understands that they will be held accountable for partnering with you to meet the needs of your community and improve the school experience of our students.”
    Superintendents begin on July 1st and they are tasked with implementing Chancellor Banks’s ‘Bold Vision for Transforming and Building Trust in New York City Public Schools.’ Under this vision, the role of superintendent will now be responsible for improving outcomes for students and reimagining their learning experiences, leading the implementation of high-quality curriculum, supervising district-based staff, supporting teacher training district-wide, and developing the next generation of school leaders.
    Significantly, superintendents will be responsible for making sure each school is welcoming and responsive to all members of their community. For families, that means the superintendent is responsible for ensuring students are fully supported – for example, that communications go home in families’ home languages, issues with transportation are addressed, services for students with disabilities and multilingual learners are in place, counseling is available when needed, and student attendance is robust. For community members, superintendents will cultivate relationships with parent groups, councils, elected officials, advocacy groups, unions, the business community, and community organizations to ensure that the whole district is supporting its local schools.
    Every superintendent will engage in a ‘Listening & Learning Tour’ over the summer to connect with students, parents, school leaders, educators, and local community members and to listen to their recommendations for improving schools. Additionally, they will build out their school support teams and guide the creation of District Comprehensive Education Plans. Their primary goal is ensuring every school is prepared and supported for a strong start to the 2022-23 school year.
    "The role of a superintendent comes with a tremendous responsibility to our students and families, from improving student outcomes to providing support where families need it most, said Deputy Chancellor for School Leadership Desmond Blackburn. “I am thrilled to work alongside this class of incredible leaders as we engage with our communities, build out our plans for the upcoming school year, and most importantly — transform what it means to be a superintendent."
    Like the students they serve, our superintendents come from diverse backgrounds, and all have deep experience in our schools and communities. All 45 superintendents are current or former New York City public school educators, and their previous roles and experience include principals, deputy superintendents, and current superintendents.
    Every superintendent position underwent an open hiring process – allowing current superintendents to apply alongside both internal and external candidates. For the first time, this process included community town halls where families heard from finalists, were able to ask questions, and provided feedback. Following the public town halls, the CECs and Presidents’ Councils, as well as a representative of the UFT, a representative of the CSA, and a representative of DC 37, engaged in the Chancellor’s Regulation C-37 consultation process. Deputy Chancellor of School Leadership Desmond K. Blackburn led the superintendent hiring process and Chancellor Banks made the final hiring decisions after incorporating the feedback of parents, union partners, and community members, and considering the needs of each district
    Congratulations to Dr. Pretto for being chosen to continue representing District 20 students and their families!
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • An End of Year Message to Families from Chancellor Banks.

    After six months as your New York City Schools Chancellor, I feel enormous gratitude as we approach the end of the school year. In that short period of time, you helped me begin to realize my vision of empowering our families to be genuine partners in the decisions we make together for our students. Your input is shaping everything we are doing in our schools, and we can all see the difference!
    Think back to when I first started on January 3, at the height of the Omicron variant surge, when our attendance rate was only 65 percent. We implemented a variety of measures to improve safety called Stay Safe, Stay Open. That included increased testing and offering highly successful vaccinations on-site for our students.
    By the end of January and continuing since then, our attendance returned to nearly 90 percent. After more than two years of upheaval and trauma caused by the pandemic, our families, students, and staff deserve so much credit for persevering and enabling us to end this school year on such a high note!
    All of the initiatives that we announced in recent months are the result of input from our families and will be developed in partnership with them. Those include our improved literacy instruction and dyslexia interventions, violence interruption programming to improve safety, expanded access to gifted and talented programs, and a variety of new efforts to enable our high school students to gain skills valued in the workforce.
    We are relying on our families because I have learned throughout my lifelong career as a New York City educator that the best ideas and most successful initiatives arise from conversations with families. You know the needs of your children and the strengths and weaknesses of your schools better than anyone. I have been preaching to everyone throughout our school system that they need to seriously engage with families and respond effectively to their concerns. No more imposing big changes without first seeking meaningful feedback from our families.
    For those reasons, we are streamlining our school system and opening up clearer channels of communication with our leaders. That includes empowering our local district superintendents and school principals so that families can more directly and easily communicate with those in charge. In recent weeks, families across the city have had opportunities to meet at town halls with finalists for the 45 New York City public school superintendent positions to ensure that the most qualified and effective individuals fill those vital roles. Thanks to your feedback, I am confident that you will be excited about the leader of your district starting July 1; you can learn more at District Leadership.
    I hope you’ll agree that we’re listening, we hear you, and together we’re building a new future for New York City schools! As you enjoy the summer, I hope that you and your children will take advantage of all the amazing cultural and recreational opportunities the city has to offer.
    Have a safe and fun summer. The best is yet to come as we advance toward the 2022-23 school year!
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • FY 2022-2023 Tentative Meeting Dates

    These are the second Wednesdays for FY 22-23. We will be looking for alternate dates for November and April.

    July 13
    August 10
    September 14
    October 12
    November 9 (Parent Teacher Conference)
    December 14
    January 11
    February 8
    March 8
    April 12 (Spring Recess)
    May 10
    June 14 (Regents Exams)

    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Summer Programs for English Learners and Families

    In Collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Bronx Works, Jacbo Riis Neighborhood Settlement, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan, and NY Math Academy and Coaching Services. Partners of DML will offer English classes over the Summer. Click the link above for more information. 
    Capacity of 40 participants per Community Based Organization (CBO).
    The Division of Multilingual Learners has partnered with Pens of Power and Big Apple, Inc. to offer a Saturday sports and writing program for English Leaners in grades 5 - 8 in July.  
    The literacy development program is modeled to connect language, sports and writing skills through a series of simulated interviews with college and professional athletes. 
    Students and their families will also be introduced to sports professionals that will discuss the various types of careers in the sports industry. 
    This program offers lunch, metrocards, sports lessons, and free giveaways. To get the best out of the program, we recommend participants attend all 5 Saturday sessions. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    Capacity of 100 participants. 

    Feel free to reach out to Lisa Pineda if you have any questions

    Multingual Student Support Team
    52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
    Email:Lpineda@schools.nyc.gov/ Office : 212-374-0787

    Community Education Council of District 20
  • ELLtreprenuers: A free summer program for English Learners in High School

    The Division of Multilingual Learners has partnered with Microsoft, Long Island University in Brooklyn and Virtual Enterprise, International to offer a free hybrid entrepreneur program for English Learner in grades 9 - 11 at the Microsoft Experience Center and LIU.  

    ELLtrepreneurs is a free in-person or virtual summer program offered by the Division of Multilingual Learners (DML) and Virtual Enterprise International to NYCDOE Bronx English Language Learners with a large, concentrated group of Multilingual and English Language Learners (MLs/ELLs) with a language proficiency of entering, emerging, and transitioning in grades 9 to 11.

    Please see the program flyer for more information  


    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Free breakfast and lunch meals

    The New York City Department of Education’s focus on the health and well-being of young people continues throughout the summer months, and we want all New Yorkers to know that we provide free meals to children across the City.

    Starting June 28, all children and teens 18 years and younger may receive free breakfast and lunch meals at sites across the City, including schools, parks, and pools, in all five boroughs. No identification or application is required, and meals will be available Monday through Friday.

    Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at designated sites.

    For more details and a list of locations please go to the DOE Summer Meals Site: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/summer-meals

    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Middle school offers are here, and waitlists are open!

    • You can now view your child’s middle school offer letter in MySchools(Open external link). If you did not choose paperless messaging, a printed copy will also be mailed to your child's home address in a few weeks. 
    • Your child's offer letter includes... 
      • Your middle school offer. This offer is accepted automatically––there’s nothing else you need to do! 
      • Information about waitlists, including anywhere your child is waitlisted.

    There are two ways a child can be on programs' waitlists:

    • Automatically, before waitlists open. If your child's offer is not to their first-choice program, they are automatically on the waitlist for any program listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer—learn more on our Waitlists page.
    • Added by parent/guardian, while waitlists are open––optional. You can also add your child to additional waitlists. If a school can make you a waitlist offer, they will contact you directly and you would have one week to accept or decline it. 

    Get help or learn more

    • Don't have a MySchools account and want to view your offer now? Talk to your current school or a Family Welcome Center.
    • Sign up for our middle school admissions email list for updates and reminders, including information on when waitlists will close this year.
    • Watch our Offers and Waitlists MySchools Tutorial video (below) and other videos.

    New to NYC public schools and need a middle school for your child now? Learn what to do on our New Students page.

    Community Education Council of District 20
  • Institute for Staff and Families of English Language Learners

    The Division of Multilingual Learners (DML), in collaboration with DOE partners and Community-Based Organizations, is offering a series of virtual workshops for parents of English Language Learners and school-based staff, called Equip.Learn.Launch Institute, starting April 26, 2022.
    This is a citywide effort to offer professional learning to our ELL families and family-facing staff. Each session will be in interpreted in three-languages and CTLE credits will be available to teachers.
    CEC ELL Parent Representatives, CCELL members and teachers that attend 5 or more sessions will be invited to an end-of-year celebration at the Microsoft Experience Center in July.
    An announcement highlighting this series will run in the  April 26th edition of Principals Digest.
    Please feel free to share the attached flyer with families, teachers, community members, citywide councils, parent coordinators, and school staff. To register for the sessions, please click here. 
    If you have any questions you can email Lisa Pineda at lpineda@schools.nyc.gov 
    Community Education Council of District 20
  • 5th annual STEAM EXPOSITION

    Please take a look at this link to the 2022 District 20 STEAM Expo which Deputy Superintendent Joe O'Brien capably oversaw and brought to fruition. 
    It's a very impressive example of the great work being done in our District. 
    Community Education Council of District 20
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About District 20

District 20 is the southwest section of Brooklyn, spanning from the Verrazano bridge to Borough Park and the southern section of  Sunset Park.  Neighborhoods include Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, and Bensonhurst, along with the Fort Hamilton Army Base.



What are CECs?

The Community Education Councils were created in 2004 after the school boards were dismantled.
Throughout the city, there are 32 school districts.  Each school district has a CEC.  Each CEC oversees the elementary and junior high schools within their district. Parents serve a two year term on 36 Councils throughout the city, including the 32 Community Education Councils and the 4 Citywide Councils.

CECs are made up of:

9 parents-selected by the district's PTA/PAs
2 Borough President Appointees
1 High School Senior

CEC members represent the parents in their district. The CEC is the voice of all the district parents. Parents are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings to learn what is going on and also to voice their concerns and issues.  Members also visit the district schools and attend their PTA/PA meetings, as well as their School Leadership Team meetings.  The CECs participate in shaping educational policies in their districts. Their responsibilities include approving school zoning lines, holding hearings on the capital plan, and providing input on other important policy issues. Each CEC has nine members who are parents of students currently in grades K-8 in district schools.

For District 20, the parent CEC members have children in the district's public school system.  On CEC20, our members' children attend: PS102, PS/IS 104, PS112,PS127, PS176,  PS185, IS187, IS201,  IS259, PS503, and PS682.  

Citywide Councils:

There are 4 citywide councils: the CCHS (Citywide Council on High Schools) oversees all the high schools, the CCSE (Citywide Council on Special Education) oversees Special Education., the CCELL (Citywide Council on English Language Learners) and the District 75 Council.

Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)

The CCHS advises and comments on educational or instructional policy involving students attending public high schools. There are ten elected members on the Citywide Council on High Schools, two from each borough. Each member must be the parent of a student currently attending public high school.

Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)

The CCELL advises and comments on policy involving bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on English Language Learners. Each member must be the parent of a student currently receiving bilingual or ESL services.

Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)

The CCSE advises and comments on services for students with disabilities. There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on Special Education. Each member must be the parent of a student currently receiving special education services.District 75 Citywide Council (D75 Council)The Council advises and comments on educational policies that affect students with disabilities who attend D75 schools. There are nine elected members on the D75 Council. Each member must be the parent of a student currently enrolled in a D75 program. 

District 75 Council

District 75 provides highly specialized instructional support for students with significant challenges, such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Significant cognitive delays
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Sensory impairments
  • Multiple disabilities

Contact Us

Address: 415 89th Street, Room 410, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Phone: 718-759-3921

Email: cec20@schools.nyc.gov

You can also email Superintendent David Pretto at: dpretto@schools.nyc.gov