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    Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced that hundreds of parents were elected to serve on the 36 Citywide and Community Education Councils, where 325 seats were up for election.

    You can read the Press Release and view all the election results which are available on the DOE's website. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/community-education-council-election-results

    The DOE will conduct three (3) CCEC runoff elections beginning at 9 am tomorrow, June 11th. Voting will remain open to eligible voters until 9 am Tuesday, June 15th.

    The runoff elections will be held as follows:

    District 5: Octavia Dunkin; Denise Randolph

    District 6: ​Erika Valdez; Aishah Bruno

    District 23: ​Samantha Holmes; Cita Grady

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  • Internet Subsidy Application

    The federal government has created an internet subsidy application to provide a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills at getemergencybroadband.org

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  • CCSE has sent some camp options for students with disabilities and elementary age children.

    Fresh Air Fund — free online and in-person summer programs

    • Fresh Air Summer Spaces offers three-hour in-person camps for children between the ages of 5 and 12 at neighborhood-based locations. Activities include arts and crafts, STEM projects, sports and more.
    • Fresh Air Open Spaces is for children between the ages of 12 and 15 with an interest in environmental education, STEM or sports. The program is held in two-week sessions at New York City parks.
    • Fresh Air Everywhere is a virtual camp for children between the ages of 7 and 12. Participants receive activity boxes to help them try out nature-focused activities during virtual sessions and at home with their families.
    • Fresh Air Teen Academy encompasses several internships, job readiness programs and more for teenagers. Programs will be primarily virtual this year.

    Tech Kids Unlimited — online workshops for students with learning disabilities

    Tech Kids Unlimited offers a suite of technology programs year-round for students between the ages of 7 and 21 who have learning disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. This summer, Tech Kids Unlimited will hold online workshops by age group on topics such as game design, animation and website coding. Morning session workshops run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and afternoon workshops run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Workshops cost $225, but financial aid is available.

    Learn more and register on the Tech Kids Unlimited website.

    Brooklyn Public Library — virtual camp, summer reading and teen internships

    • Virtual Camp: Children between the ages of 7 and 12 are invited to join the Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program, a partnership among six Brooklyn cultural institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Prospect Park Zoo. There will be daily live sessions at 9:30 a.m.; hands-on activities that can be done at home, including do-at-your-own-pace activities; and optional drop-in events at partner sites. To register, email bcap@bklynlibrary.org.
    • Summer reading: The Brooklyn Public Library also will offer an array of summer reading support and activities. There will be outdoor and virtual events; grab-and-go summer reading tote bags with book marks, stickers and other treats; personalized book recommendations; and more. To get involved, visit the Brooklyn Public Library website.
    • Teen internship: Students between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to apply for the library’s Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies internship program, which is a 16-month internship that includes a two-week summer training. Interns will earn a stipend and school credit while learning new computer skills and helping library patrons and staff.

    Intrepid Air and Space Museum — camp for kids with disabilities

    Students between the ages of 8 and 14 with developmental disabilities including autism are invited to register for the Intrepid Museum’s All Access Maker Camp from Aug. 23 to 27. The camp costs $75 for the week and includes all materials and a T-shirt. This year, the camp will be both virtual and in-person.

    To learn more and register, visit the Intrepid Museum website.


    STEM from Dance — coding and dance camp for girls

    STEM from Dance offers a two-week summer program called Girls Rise Up for girls between the ages of 10 and 18 interested in coding and dance. There will be two sessions this summer, each lasting two weeks: July 5 to 16 and July 19 to 30. There is a virtual camp and a hybrid camp where campers join virtually for half the week and in-person on Governors Island for the other half. Tuition is on a sliding scale, starting at $50.

    You can register online on the STEM from Dance website.


    ZCO Dance Project — dance workshops for children with disabilities

    ZCO Dance Project invites youths between the ages of 5 and 18 to its online summer dance workshops, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from July 10 to Aug. 14. Private classes are also available upon request.

    To learn more, visit the website. To register, email zcodanceproject1@gmail.com.

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  • Please fill out the NYC School Survey

    It’s time for the 15th annual NYC School Survey! Every year, families and teachers in grades 3-K through 12 and students in grades 6–12 across New York City share their thoughts on their experiences in and out of the classroom over the past school year. Don’t miss your opportunity to provide your school with valuable feedback! Complete the NYC School Survey online at www.NYCSchoolSurvey.org today.
    To take the survey, just visit the NYCSchoolSurvey.org website and enter the letter “f” (lowercase) followed by your child’s nine-digit Student Identification (OSIS) Number in the access code text box. You can find your child’s Student Identification Number on their report card, student ID card, or New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Please reach out to your school if you need support identifying your child’s Student Identification Number. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, June 11.
    Your feedback makes a difference! Survey results will be shared with schools over the summer to help them plan for the new school year and released publicly to New York City families and students with the School Quality Report in the fall of 2021.
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  • District 20 Arts Showcase

    CEC 20 launched the District 20 Virtual Arts Showcase as a way to celebrate the arts with visual and performance art exhibits, demonstrating the diverse talents of our Pre-K through 8 students of District 20. Council member Adele Doyle worked with the  administrators and borough partners  to make this event a success!


    Here is the link to the website:  www.district20artsshowcase.com

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  • Recordings of the March and April DLT Meetings

    Here are the links to the meeting recordings: 


    District 20 Leadership Meeting - March 19, 2021



    District 20 Leadership Meeting – April 16, 2021


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  • Resources for Black History and the Black Experience

    To help kick off Black History Month, the DOE has put together some book suggestions regarding Black history and the Black experience that families and educators can read aloud or assign to their students in grades 3K–12 throughout February and beyond. https://morningbellnyc.com/2021/commemorate-bhm/

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  • Free Resources to Guide High School Seniors Through the College Application Process

    Student Leadership Network (SL Network) has put together free resources to help guide high school seniors through the college application process. Here seniors can find templates, checklists, videos, and more to help them put together all the components of a successful college application: https://www.studentleadershipnetwork.org/collegebound-resources/
    About Student Leadership Network

    SL Network supports three life-changing programs that empower youth from underserved communities to disrupt the cycle of poverty through education: The Young Women's Leadership Schools (TYWLS), CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), and Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN). Over the last 25 years, SL Network has supported more than 50,000 students to gain access to educational opportunities that help prepare them to lead successful lives.

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  • Girls Who Code: Starting Your Own Club

    The Borough President's Office shared some information from the Senior Manager of Girls Who Code:


    I hope you have been having a safe and restful summer as you plan for the start of the school year. Since you last chatted with us at Girls Who Code, we developed new tools for your community and I wanted to make sure to pass them along.

    The biggest update is that Clubs can now go 100% virtual! Here's a few other major highlights of Girls Who Code Clubs for the 20-21 academic year:

    • Everything is 100% free.
    • We provide you with flexible and interactive curriculum and resources to teach 3-12th grade girls (and students of any gender) coding skills and the bravery and resilience needed to make a positive impact on their community.
    • Tutorials are now adjusted with virtual instructions and training for online Club meetings.
    • There is NO coding experience needed for you to facilitate a Club because of our comprehensive support!

    You can start a free Girls Who Code Club by following this step-by-step guide, or share it with a friend/colleague!

    Wishing you good health and a smooth start to the school year as much as possible. Please let me know if there’s anything else you need, and I’d be happy to help!




    Emily Ong

    Senior Manager, Community Partnerships and Outreach


    Pronouns: She/Her


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  • Links that were shared at the October Special Meeting

    Dr. O'Brien shared the website for the latest DOE update on Covid testing: http://www.schools.nyc.gov/.../health.../covid-19-testing
    Donald De Rosa from the Office of Comptroller Scott Stringer shared the Comptroller's Back to School Guide: https://comptroller.nyc.gov/.../2020-21-back-to-school.../
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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

Know Your Rights!

Each child’s maximum potential can best be achieved through a partnership between parents and the education community. Please see the DOE's Parents Bill of Rights:  Parents Bill of Rights.pdf 

Translations can be downloaded from the DOE website: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/know-your-rights/parents-bill-of-rights

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