Mabel Muñiz-Sarduy, Executive Superintendent

Districts 24, 25, 26, 30, HS

Building Safety with Diverse SOGIE Youth and their Caregivers

June 9 from 9:00am - 11:00am (EST) or

June 10 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)

An introduction to the Family Acceptance Project’s research that highlights family preservation. This 2-hour workshop Facilitated by staff from Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park, MI includes an overview of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, or SOGIE, providing a framework for these social identities along with best practices to enhance interpersonal, family and professional relationships with folks who identify as LGBTQ+ or have diverse/expansive SOGIE. REGISTER HERE

In partnership with New York State Education Department, NYS Office of Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Center of NY, and NYS Office of Children and Family Services.

Space is limited – registration will close once it has reached its capacity. This is an interactive workshop and it will not be recorded.

Providing Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Children & Youth: Integrating FAP and TF-CBT

June 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)

LGBTQ children and youth are at high risk for trauma that is both related to and unrelated to their identities. This webinar will discuss the integration of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the most widely used trauma treatment model for children and youth worldwide, and the Family Acceptance Project (FAP), the first research and family support model to reduce risk and promote well-being for LGBTQ children and youth.


Civics Through Student Voice

Thursday June 3rd, 10 AM - 12PM

Professional Learning Highlights

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New Asynchronous PL Modules for CTLE Credit!

The Queens North BCO has a collection of asynchronous Professional Learning Modules to support city and state learning initiatives.

Visit the Asynchronous PL Modules page to register and receive a link to a syllabus with videos, resources, and more. New: These modules are now eligible for CTLE credit! Details are available after downloading the syllabus.

DOE employees must log-in for access.

Teacher Spotlight - June 2021

Spotlight Teacher Yearbook

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Meredith Formica

Social Studies Educator at Irwin Altman MS 172.

Meredith Formica is a Social Studies Educator at Irwin Altman MS 172.

Meredith Formica is a product of New York City schools having grown up in south Queens. As a student she found inspiration and motivation from her own teachers, particularly her high school social studies teachers. They empowered her voice and pushed her to think critically, providing her confidence. In her 13 years teaching in New York City she has strived to do the same for her own students. She strives to blaze a passion for learning by ensuring a sense of community enabling her students to take risks and embarrass their curiosity, this is evidenced by the sharing of ideas and opinions in her classroom through open and honest discussion and communication. Students in Meredith’s classes have opportunities to build their self-worth. They are aware of how to both foster their own growth mindset and grow positive relationships with their peers.

Throughout Meredith’s tenure in the New York City Department of Education she has grown her pedagogic and leadership skills as a mentor and Lead Teacher.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Meredith is completing her Administrative Internship and has been collaborating with Queens North Teaching and Learning developing and co-facilitating professional learning cycles focused on Civics, Teaching History While It’s Happening, English Language Learner support practices, and the U.S. History and Global Regents Exams.

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