Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks Introduce New Public School Superintendent “Reimagines” – Our Time Press

45 new superintendents will start work tomorrow, July 1

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Chancellor of Schools David C. Banks announced Monday the selection of 45 new and former New York City public school district superintendents who represent a diverse cross-section of experience in public schools and a commitment to putting students and families at the heart of our city’s schools.
The 45 new superintendents are current or former New York City public school educators, and their past roles and experiences include principals, assistant superintendents, and current superintendents. Under the direction of Chancellor Banks, they will have extended authority.

In Bedford Stuyvesant, Robin Davson is the new community superintendent for District 13, and Brendan Mims, for District 16.

“The education leaders on my team will work every day to reinvent our public schools,” Schools Chancellor David C. Banks said. “For families and community partners, each of these leaders understands that they will be held accountable to partner with you to meet the needs of your community and improve the school experience of our students.”
Superintendents will begin work tomorrow, July 1, tasked with implementing Chancellor Banks’ “bold vision to transform and build confidence in New York City’s public schools.” As part of this vision, the role of superintendent will now be responsible for improving student outcomes and reimagining their learning experiences, leading the implementation of a high-quality curriculum, overseeing the district staff, support district-wide teacher education, and develop the next generation. headteachers.

Significantly, superintendents will be responsible for ensuring that each school is welcoming and responsive to all members of their community. For families, this means that the superintendent is responsible for ensuring that students are fully supported – for example, that communications go home in the families’ native language, that transportation issues are resolved, that Services for students with disabilities and multilingual learners are in place, counseling is available when needed, and student attendance is strong.

For community members, superintendents will cultivate relationships with parent groups, councils, elected officials, advocacy groups, unions, business and community organizations to ensure that the entire district supports its local schools.
Each superintendent will participate in a “Listening and Learning Tour” over the summer to connect with students, parents, school leaders, educators and local community members and to listen to their recommendations for improving schools.

Additionally, they will establish their school support teams and guide the creation of comprehensive district education plans. Their main objective is to ensure that each school is prepared and supported for a good start to the 2022-23 school year.

Mayor Adams said, “These superintendents are dedicated to the communities they serve: children, their parents, families and teachers. We still have a long way to go to transform our education system and deliver the best outcomes for our young New Yorkers who depend on us. »

According to the DOE press release, for the first time, the hiring process included community town halls where families heard from the finalists, were able to ask questions and provide feedback. Following the public town halls, the CECs and Councils of Presidents, together with a representative of the UFT, a representative of the CSA and a representative of the DC 37, engaged in the consultation process of the Chancellor’s Regulations C- 37. Vice Chancellor of Schools Leadership Desmond K. Blackburn led the hiring process for the superintendent and Chancellor Banks made final hiring decisions after incorporating feedback from parents, union partners and members of the community, and taken into account the needs of each district.

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