What resources were available to help implement the NYSSB program? We were able to get a lot of help, support, and encouragement from Dr. Salavert and the entire Fordham PDRC team as well from Catherine Black from NYSED. She was very supportive through each step of the process as there are many deadlines that needed to be met in order to get students through the program this year.
Additionally, NYSED has terrific resources available online including its NYSSB Guidance Toolkit and the NYSSB Handbook. With the support of of our principal and entire biliteracy team which includes an English teacher, we were able to start
What advice would you give other schools that are interested in establishing the NYSSB program? Read through the resources online including the NYSSB handbook. Reach out to other schools that are larger or have similar demographics. As a no-charge resource, set-up time to discuss your plans with the Fordham PDRC. Lastly, “do research and ask for assistance”
How do you work with the guidance counselor? The guidance counselor was involved from the beginning. With the guidance counselor support, we were able to contact the parents immediately to inform them of the program. Starting next school year, all students including freshmen will receive an overview of the program and its requirements. As a good practice, teachers and guidance counselors should review the list of senior students, by GPA and English scores, to identify who might be eligible for the program.
Congratulations to you, your students and the entire school community. Your leadership has made your students overcome the covid-19 challenges, and as their testimonials illustrate, they have learned to appreciate the value of hard work and resilience and to work towards a goal that will benefit them beyond their high school years.
Please visit our main website to read this article and its appendix “Student Voices about the NYSSB” which includes the testimonials of 26 NYSBB Candidates from Preston High School.