Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CEP Due Date and New Template

Below is information from "Principals' Weekly." It appears the 2012-2013 CEP is due on January 18th and there is a new template for it.The 2012-2013 CEP was suppose to be in place in September but the DOE keeps undermining the process by giving schools extensions every year.These extensions keeps the whole CEP process off balance as SLTs are suppose to be now working on the 2013-2014 CEP and aligning the budget to it in the Spring.It defeats the purpose of a CEP if it is not in place during most of the school year it covers. All schools / Deadline: January 18 Comprehensive Educational Plans (CEP) and School Comprehensive Educational Plans (SCEP) are due on January 18. You will receive an email on December 12 (from with your login information to access the customized template for your school from the iPlan Portal (if needed, copy and paste this url into your web browser: Work with your Network and School Leadership Team (SLT) to complete your CEP or SCEP, and submit it in the iPlan Portal by January 18. For programmatic questions regarding your CEP or SCEP, contact your network CEP point. For technical questions regarding iPlan, contact or call 1-866-961-3788.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SLT Webinar Training and SLT Info Sheet

Below you will find information on previous SLT Training Webinars as well as a PTA Election Training Webinar. In addition, there is a useful info sheet for SLTs. However, it does not emphasize the role of the SLT to advise on budget spending or in its duties to align the budget with the CEP( Chancellor's Regulations A-655 and B-801). It does state teams should have a working knowledge of the budget and align action plans with it. This information comes from District 20's Leadership Team(DLT). SLT Webinar Training: May 2, 2012 A new webinar training for SLT members is now available: The CEP as a Living Document: Determining the Effectiveness of the Plan. SLT members can view the webinar as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655. Registration and viewing instructions can be found at Learn DOE. Visit the webinar calendar to access other SLT webinar offerings. For questions, email PTA Webinar Training The Division of Family and Community Engagement has prepared an election webinar training to assist PA/PTAs with the election process. PA/PTA executive boards and/or nominating committee members are encouraged to view the webinar in advance of the election meeting. Additional election resources, including a step-by-step guide, ballot templates, and translated meeting notices, can be found on FACE’s parent leader resource page. Additional PA/PTA webinar trainings can be found on FACE’s PA/PTA page. A Foundation for School-Based Planning and Shared Decision-Making. SLT members can view the webinar as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655. The second in a series of webinar trainings for SLT members is now available: Supporting Title 1 Programs - An Overview of Program Requirements. SLT members can view these webinars as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655. On the 20th of each month a new webinar will be released. Registration and viewing instructions can be found at Learn DOE. These webinars are designed for SLT members to view as a team or individually. SLT members can view the webinars to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655 . Please direct questions to December School Leadership Teams: A Foundation for School-Based Planning and Shared Decision Making An overview of the history and purpose of School Leadership Teams, with a discussion of SLT roles and responsibilities: including strategies for consensus based decision-making and Comprehensive Educational Plan goal development. January Supporting Title I Programs An overview of Title I program requirements, with an emphasis on parent involvement and the supports available at the school, district, and CFN levels. This presentation will also provide a summary of and links to available resources. February Developing the CEP An in-depth look at the revised Comprehensive Educational plan template. This presentation will provide a step-by-step walkthrough of the components of the CEP planning and budget alignment process. March The CEP as a Living Document: Using Data to Inform the Plan A look at the role of the SLT in the ongoing CEP planning, review, and improvement process. This presentation will assist teams in identifying tools to measure progress. Teams will be trained to use various data sources to assess the effectiveness of the CEP and determine necessary revisions. April Building Team Capacity A look at how consensus-based decision-making can be used to level the playing field. This presentation will also provide teams with strategies to ensure that all members are prepared to make informed decisions. May Setting priorities/Conducting a Needs Assessment In preparation for the submission of next year's draft CEP goals, teams will be trained to re-examine priorities by conducting a needs assessment. June Reflecting Back-Looking Forward This presentation will help team members to evaluate their SLT experience. What went well? Where is there still room for improvement? Teams will receive guidance on how to wrap up the year and ensure a smooth transition as they ahead to the coming school year. Chancellors Regulation for School Leadership Teams: A-655 Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact Template Arabic Bengali Chinese French Haitian Creole Korean Russian Spanish Urdu DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TEAM DISTRICT 20 HANDY INFO SHEET FOR SLTs SLTs serve as the vehicle for meaningful consultation and dialogue between parent and staff representatives. SLT Composition o Between 10 and 17 people o Mandatory members- Principal, PTA President, UFT Chapter Leader o PTA can choose designee if president cannot serve. In the case of co-presidents, the remaining officers determine who will serve as the mandatory seat on the SLT. o SLTs must have an equal number of parents and staff members, including the principal, UFT Chapter Leader and *DC37 who are counted as staff. *DC37 not a mandatory seat unless bylaws dictate the position. CBOs: Optional Seat. Does not vote. High Schools: Minimum of 2 students required (do not vote) Elections o Parent seats elected after the PTA elections o Only parents vote (even if PTA) o Staff seats filled in the spring before the new academic year begins Recommendation: PTAs have terms staggered, e.g. 1 year term, 2 year term Chairperson or Co-chairs o SLT must select once team is in place. o Does not need to be one of the mandatory members and should not be the principal. o Chair is responsible for scheduling meetings, ensuring that all team members’ voices are heard, ensuring that team has all the information necessary to guide their planning. o Co-chairs can be comprised of parents and staff. Secretary o SLT must select once team is in place. o Responsible for sending meeting notices and keeping minutes. Financial Liaison o Optional position. o Can be designated to keep track of time sheets and submit financial forms Bylaws o Review biennially at least (every 2 years) o Copy of bylaws and current list of members to be provided annually to the DLT by October 31st Role of the SLT o Required by NY State Education Law to create the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). o Develop the school’s overall mission, goals and objectives in order to help all children reach their full potential and to align that action plan with the school’s budget. o Not responsible for hiring or firing of school staff. o Working knowledge of the budget, progress report, learning environment survey and Quality Review. Responsibilities of the SLT o Develop bylaws that comply with CR A-655 o Attending SLT meetings regularly and actively participating o Communicating with the members of the school community o Participating on SLT Subcommittees o Serving on the Level 1 C-30 Committee in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation C-30 o Attend mandatory training o Participate in joint public hearing for any school restructuring as per Chancellor’s Regulation A-190 o Annual assessment to superintendent of the principal’s record of developing an effective shared decision-making relationship with SLT members during the year Assistance o The DLT (District Leadership Team) provides support, guidance, technical assistance, and conflict resolution to the SLTs in the district. o District 20’s DLT has liaisons assigned to all elementary, junior high schools and high schools which is distributed at the beginning of the school year.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Administration Retaliates against Staten Island Teacher for SLT Advocacy

A Staten Island Middle school teacher, Francesco Portelos,has been relentlessly retaliated against by the administration of his school for exposing and trying to correct problems with his School Leadership Team after learning about its responsibilities from this blog.There are also other issues involved which you can read about at and at This type of retaliation is not an isolated case. I experienced it at my school when I whistleblew about principal domination of the SLT and the CEP process, as well as the lack of budget transparency. You will also be surprised to know that rubber rooms still exist with teachers that are pulled out of classrooms and schools without knowing the charges. The following is a comment by School Advocate Betsy Combier: Principal Linda Hill Goes After Francesco Alexander Portelos, a Teacher, With a Vengeance After He Asks Questions About The School Leadership Team ...and became Union Delegate.Hill, now Principal of the Berta A. Dreyfus School I.S. 49, is, it seems, another Principal from Hell who needs to have training in leadership in New York City after graduating from the "Leadership Academy". Almost overnight she started giving Portelos grief when he asked the right questions. I believe this is text-book retaliation. Mr. Portelos created a website to tell the public all about Hill and her sudden discipline. The aim of this lesson is to show attacks of a supervisor on the internet. Kudos to Francesco!!!! Betsy Combier The following is Mr. Potelos' "story" from his web site protect Don't Tread on Mr. Portelos Dont Tread On Me LINK Letters of Recommendation Thank you Mr. Portelos Thank You Mr. Portelos -continued In the News Formal Observations More Stuff Negative Emails Disciplinary Letters in File Renovating the STEM Lab IS 49 SLT Minutes Stay Informed The Story - I am Francesco Alexander Portelos. I am an educator and I love my job. I was an engineer turned teacher and this is my story on how I went from hero to villain by bringing up the needs of the students and community. For four and half years I served my community and school Berta Dreyfus IS 49 the best I could (see tabs above). I stayed late almost every day to not only renovate my S.T.E.M. Lab 2 times and create engaging lessons, but to also, troubleshoot tech issues for colleagues, design more efficient ways to communicate in a 21st century world plus much, much more. My Robotics team has won countless awards in Staten Island including Top Design in NYC. With years of "Satisfactory" ratings I somehow received 3 Disciplinary Letters in my file in 10 days, have been harassed by my administrators, had a DOE SCI investigation started on me, confiscating my DOE issued iPad, Macbook and teacher PC and asked to resign as UFT Chapter Delegate. HERO to VILLAIN Everything was going great at school for 4.5 years. I loved teaching and my principal, students and parents loved my class and dedication to the school. However, I did not entirely agree with all the ways my troubled school was being run. I decided to become proactive. I became Union Delegate and also obtained a seat on the School Leadership Team (SLT) amongst many other things like speaking up in meetings. As part of the SLT I noticed we were never talking about the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) or Budget which were our main goals. At my fourth meeting, December 13 2011, while the principal was out of the room, I asked the SLT Chairperson "Are we ever going to talk about the CEP and Budget?". This sparked a debate as more and more SLT members, including parents, were wondering the same thing. The principal walked in and when asked she told us "The CEP was due December 1st. I already submitted it." Now the SLT members, comprised of educators and parents, all have to sign it. This caused several suspicious looks from the parents and staff. When the principal stepped out again we started looking for answers. The UFT leader said that we could have called an emergency meeting before the due date had we known. I found an SLT Support site and with the knowledge of all members present (including the chairperson) sent the following email to the contact person: MY EMAIL On Dec 13, 2011, "Francesco Portelos" wrote: Jim, I just found your SLT blog. Very intresting. I am a brand new member to the team and very disheartened to see that all we do is discuss calendar events. We had absolutely no input in our schools budget or CEP. What can we do? We all just left a meeting very upset. -Francesco HIS RESPONSE From: Date: Dec 14, 2011 7:13 PM Subject: Re: School Leadership Team To: Dear Francesco, Your principal's violating Chancellor's Regulations A-655 and B-801 and State Educational Law 2590-H (15). Speak with the PTA President and Chapter Leader who are core members of the Team with the Principal. Speak with the principal with other members and inform them that you will have to file a complaint with the Superintendent. You can also contact the District Leadership Team for assistance and FACE, the DOE parent advocacy department. The Team is suppose to be working on the 2012-2013 CEP and budget alignment this school year. Feel free to share this e-mail. Sincerely, James Calantjis I forwarded his surprising response to UFT Representative Rich Candia and SLT Chairperson Susanne Abramowitz to see how we can fix this -------------------- I believe this is the point where they turned on me and made me the scapegoat instead of performing the job they were elected to do. See File Letter 1 in the Disciplinary Letter tab above. Since then there have been countless eyewitness accounts of Richard Candia and Susanne Abramowitz meeting and conspiring with different administrators. Since the series of emails: I have been told to keep my mouth shut and "let it go". I have been kicked under the table during the January 10th SLT meeting when I disagreed with a comment made by the SLT chair stating that "The teachers agreed to keep the academies." I was called a "hindrance" to the community by the principal although I rallied to keep PS 14 open down the block the day before. I was told to be quiet in a UFT meeting by the chapter leader. He walked out along with his girlfriend and SLT chair and tried getting the other 60+ members to leave. The other union members did not and I continued to speak about how "We are all in this together" and not to fight against each other. I was falsely accused by the SLT chairperson and UFT Chapter leader for professional misconduct I had my online account access suspended when I sent an email to union members refusing to resign as UFT Delegate as per the request of the chapter leader. I also received a Disciplinary letter for emailing union members. I was slandered by the principal in a staff email calling me divisive, accusing me of calling the NY Post to make the school look bad. In the email she also quoted a Greek philosopher and it just so happens that I am Greek. I received a 3rd Disciplinary Letter for staying late to create engaging lessons. I was put under investigation by NYC Special Commisioner of Investigation and had the investigators confiscate my teacher desktop, iPad and Macbook and even come to my house. Principal Hill was also heard telling School Safety "Stay away from Portelos' room. We are trying to get him out but it will be extremely difficult." There is more but you get the picture. I will not be silenced or broken tenure or no tenure! "As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task." -Diogenes

Monday, April 23, 2012

Support for Queens High Schools' SLTs

I learned today that the Queens High Schools Presidents' Council, which is made up of Parent Association Presidents, has a "School Leadership Team Center of Excellence," which offers assistance.You can contact them at with questions or problems.