NYSASCD Journal

Spring 2019 Impact

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5 Foreword One of the earliest lessons we teach our children, whether at home or in school, is the importance of working with others. We do this so they learn to get along with one another. And we do it so they learn the very real benefits that come from working together as partners. When we form partnerships, we work more effectively and efficiently, learning from and building upon each other's strengths. Our mission at the State Education Department is to raise the level of knowledge, skill and opportunity for all New Yorkers. As Commissioner, I rely heavily on partnerships to advance and achieve that mission. For example, I require the Department's various program areas to work together as a team to drive improvements throughout the system. And I rely on our statewide network of BOCES to connect the work they do at the local level with the work we do in Albany at the State level. Simply put, these partnerships enable me to do my job. We see effective partnerships throughout the entire system. We see them in the critical work that the My Brother's Keeper initiative does to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color. We see them in the multi-pronged strategy we've developed to ensure our schools are welcoming places for all – a strategy that combines mental health instruction, social emotional learning, and the creation of safe learning spaces. And we see these partnerships at work every day in our schools, where experienced administrators and teachers take the time to partner with and mentor their less experienced colleagues. I hope you find this edition of the Impact Journal to be as interesting, informative, and helpful as I do. And I hope that you will continue to build and grow the kinds of meaningful partnerships that enable us to do the best possible job for the students in our care. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

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