In September, the Roundtable Co-Chairs (Sobha Kavanakudiyil and Jennifer DiBella) met with Paul King, the Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Special Services (OASP). Here is some information he shared with us:
- The Office of Arts & Special Projects staff contact information can be found HERE. The most recent appointment is Alexa Fairchild, Arts for Diverse Learners Program Manager.
- The new Chancellor is very supportive of the arts in schools and committed to equity, access, and excellence. The NYC DOE will provide mandated implicit bias training to its employees within 2 years. Also, all teachers will participate in training to support culturally responsive pedagogy.
- There is a focus to address the lack of sequential arts education instruction at the elementary school level.
- The name for “English Language Learners” has generally transitioned to “English as a New Language”. The NYC DOE is developing strategies to be sure that ENL students don’t lose access to arts instruction.
- The NYC DOE has restructured its website to communicate with constituents and NYC DOE personnel:
- Main NYC DOE site (schools.nyc.gov) will be primarily for parents and families.
- Info Hub (infohub.nyced.org) will be for cultural partners and other constituents with public facing resources.
- WeTeachNYC (weteachnyc.org) will house materials and resources for educators; some content will require a NYC DOE login.
**The Roundtable will be hosting a special event in November with the team from the Office of Arts & Special Projects profiling the roll-out of the new New York State Arts Standards on November 13th from 4-6pm. Registration is required for this free, members only, event.**