Superintendent’s Corner

February 10, 2015

As we continue with our celebration of African Americans this month and throughout the school year, I highly recommend you provide your students with examples of important historical artists from the Harlem Renaissance such as Palmer Hayden, Aaron Douglas and Jacob Lawrence. Their work and many more can be found on the following website:


This week’s Edivation recommendation for professional development is Culturally  Relevant Instruction. Based on our diverse student body, this video may be helpful as you continue to build relationships with your students and develop lesson plans.

I am pleased to announce based on staff feedback, Edivation has added a library of videos regarding students with Aspergers. These videos provide insight into the variables associated with Aspergers and successful interventions. To access these videos go to Edivation then click “groups” then “GNC-required videos” and finally go to tasks. If you have a student(s) on the spectrum you will find these videos extremely helpful.

Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Knights won hard fought games last night at Kenneth B. Clark Academy versus Keio. I was pleased with our student athletes and their ability to compete and their outstanding sportsmanship. Congratulations to both sets of coaches and their teams.

We are in the process of developing additional means to communicate with all staff. As a result, we are now on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These social media resources will feature news and events across our four Academies. Please follow the District on each of these social media resources.

Ed Placke, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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