It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year and to the NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) new blog, The Morning Bell!
Ever since I was appointed Chancellor of NYC’s public schools in January 2014, it has been my goal to improve City schools while strengthening the bonds they share with students, parents, and surrounding communities. And if there is one thing I have learned over the five-plus decades I have worked in education, it is that the best way to strengthen these bonds is by improving the way schools communicate about their work with the students, parents, and staff members that enter them every day.
This is where The Morning Bell comes in.
Through this blog, my team and I will be able to share news and information about the wonderful work happening in our schools directly to anyone with basic access to the Internet. So whether you are sitting in front of your work PC, sitting on the couch with your tablet, or standing on a crowded subway platform with your smartphone, you can access The Morning Bell and get your daily dose of NYC Schools-related news, tips, announcements, features, interviews, and videos wherever you are. And with the Morning Bell’s subscription feature (as seen on the sidebar to the right), you can receive updates about new posts as often as you would like. There is a lot of wonderful and inspirational work happening in our schools this year, and I am thrilled that we will be able to share much of it with you right here on this site.
Thanks to the hard work of our educators, administrators, students, and families, we are beginning this school year on a celebratory note:
- NYC students have made substantial gains on State exams;
- Graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and college readiness rates have reached record highs;
- City schools are now the safest they have ever been in decades; and
- Pre-K for All has now provided over 150,000 children with full-day, high-quality early childhood instruction since 2014.
These achievements should put more of our students on the path to success after high school.
Yet, while these are steps in the right direction, we know that we have more work to do. Last fall, Mayor de Blasio and I announced our vision of Equity and Excellence for All, as we believe that every child—from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade—should be on a path to college and a meaningful career. Since then, our educators and administrators have been hard at work implementing the foundation of this new vision, and soon, parents, teachers, and students will see the impact of our work in classrooms across the City this school year.
These are truly exciting times for all of us at the DOE, and I am thrilled that we will be able to share news of our progress right here on this site. So keep an eye out for The Morning Bell, and stay up-to-date about our schools.
On behalf of the DOE, I wish all of our students, educators, parents, and partners a joyful and successful school year.
Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
P.S.: You can now keep up with my work in NYC schools on Twitter! Follow me @CarmenFarinaDOE