The NYC Universal Academic Recovery Plan funded by the Federal government has been presented by the Mayor and School Chancellor. To close the Covid achievement gap and prepare students for the future the Department of Education plans to launch a Literacy for All program and a new Universal Mosaic Curriculum by New York City educators for New York City students, heavily invest in computer science curriculums and provide more support for students with special needs and multilingual learners. Read below from Chancellor Porter:

Your Child’s Literacy Skills Will Be a Priority

Literacy and reading are absolutely fundamental to children’s ability to reach important milestones all along the educational journey. Our goal is to have every student reading on grade level by the end of 2nd grade.

  • If you have a child in kindergarten through grade 2, their teachers will use a tool to identify strengths and challenges at the beginning of the year, and develop support plans tailored to their specific needs.
  • Thousands of teachers in these grades will receive extra training to support literacy.
  • 140 more teachers will be hired to reduce class sizes at 72 elementary schools with the specific goal of improving reading proficiency.
  • We will bring the number of reading coaches in our successful Universal Literacy coaching program to 500 so every early childhood and K-2 classroom has one.
  • In addition, we will give schools funding for targeted supports for students, such as, extended day and enrichment activities.

Your Child Will Grow Their Technological Skills

This September, we will build on what we have learned about the benefits of technology. Students will develop digital skills to prepare them for the new economy.

  • We will distribute an additional 175,000 devices so every K-12 student who needs one has access to one.
  • We will launch an eighth-grade technology project for students to demonstrate their digital literacy skills.
  • We will train 5,000 K-12 teachers to teach computer science coursework.
  • We will expand Computer Science for All, to support computational thinking, problem-solving, and digital skills for 400,000 students by 2024.

More Special Education Support Will Be Available for Students with Disabilities

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on our students with disabilities. The Academic Recovery Plan will make every resource available to better support students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), from our youngest learners to students preparing for graduation:

  • We will launch afterschool and Saturday programs for students with IEPs to receive additional instruction and related services.
  • We will add 800 Special Education Pre-K seats and expand Committees on Preschool Special Education to review more IEP requests.
  • We will provide eligible students ages 21+ with either continued instruction toward their diploma or other credential, or consultation about plans for college and career readiness.
  • We will also continue to provide family workshops and information sessions through our Beyond Access Series, which supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics related to special education.

More Language Support Will Be Available to Multilingual Learners

Multilingual learners (MLs) and immigrant families are valued and supported at DOE. We will provide culturally responsive supports that give students and their families equitable access to resources and opportunities that help students succeed inside and outside the classroom.

  • We will establish Immigrant Ambassador Programs across 30 high schools to match immigrant DOE students with college students for mentorship.
  • Schools will be provided resources to purchase print and digital books in students’ home languages, and build home language libraries.
  • We will provide teachers with training that is specific to the language needs of multilingual learners and immigrant students.
  • We will conduct wellness checks and deliver social-emotional learning support to multilingual learners, particularly in transitioning to full time in-person learning.
  • We will expand the Postsecondary Readiness for ELLs Program (PREP), to be facilitated by a select group of school counselors and educators.