Resources

Becoming Your Own School Food Authority (SFA)

This webinar, conducted by NYC food service expert, Geoffrey Ramsey, and a charter school Director of Operations who has gone through the process of becoming a School Food Authority, was originally presented to new school teams as part of the 2013 Start Right program. It provides an overview of food service options that are available to charter schools as well as the steps for schools to follow to become their own School Food Author

Wellness Policies and Safety Plans Webinar

School Wellness Policies provide a means for improving school health, curricula and programs that ensure students become and stay ready to learn. Coupled with your authorizer required safety plan, these two documents are an integral component of learning, growing, thriving as a public school. Join the Charter Center's David Frank and Audrey Castillo, Program Manager for Healthy Schools Brooklyn, a program that is funded by the New York State Department of Health at the Brooklyn District Public Health Office of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

NYSESLAT Administration

This training was originally presented in April 2014 by Erika Watson, Senior Program Manager at Questar. Both the slides and the recorded webinar are below. Topics covered are:
  • Materials – ordering, receiving, returning
  • Administration
  • Scoring Constructed Responses
  • Resources
  • Key Dates
Customer support for NYSESLAT administration can be accessed at NYSESLATSupport@questarai.com or by calling 866.644.6648.

Teacher Readiness and Instructional Strategies

The Academic Intervention Teacher Checklist is a template for a form used to document interventions to aid a student struggling in academic classes before an Initial Referral is made to the Committee on Special Education.

The Academic Intervention Service Plan is a template for a form used to record a student's demographic data, presenting concerns, classroom interventions, recommended services, and progress review.

CSE and Compliance

The September 2010 presentation Common Coordination Issues, from the Brooklyn Charter School Student Support Agency, addresses common coordination issues facing schools with Special Education students.

The first half of the presentation covers the NYC Committee on Special Education (CSE), including the structure and function of the CSE, roles and responsibilities of the CSE and the charter school, and best practices for working with the CSE.

OPT for Charter Schools

Managing transportation can be very challenging for new Charter Schools.  These two presentations from the NYC DOE's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) will make that task easier.  OPT Basics explains the structure of the Office of Pupil Transportation and how charter schools work with OPT; Charter School Transportation Overview has current information on topics including eligibility, MetroCards, yellow bus service, and special education needs.

 

Student Recruitment and Lottery

A presentation from the New York City Charter School Center's Start Right Program on student recruitment and the lottery.  Also included as separate documents are templates for Project Planning, Event Planning and Documentation as well as resources for recruiting Special Populations such as ELL and special education students.

Immunization

School Immunization Requirements is a presentation from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene outlining proper procedure and protocols for ensuring that charter school immunization requirements are met according to the law.  Topics covered include the Certificate of Immunization, requirements by grade level, and immunization exemptions.

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