UA in Action - May 2020
UASEM's Future First Responders Graduate on Good Morning America!
The UA School for Emergency Management (UASEM) Class of 2020 was honored as future first-responders with a segment on Good Morning America that included highlights of UASEM’s Emergency Medicine pathway, interviews with UASEM seniors, a graduation address from Matthew McConaughey, and several musical guests. Senior Josue Nieves summarized the mindset of his fellow EMT-certified peers during his interview when he stated, "My motive has always been to give back to my community, and make it better and to make a change -- this is going to be my chance. I want to help so response time is better so we can save more lives" See the entire feature on GMA , or as profiled in People !
Student-Created Platform Taps into the Power of a Female Network to Connect, Inspire, and Empower
We Were Seeds , an online platform seeking to connect and empower young women, was created by students and board members at UA School for Criminal Justice in response to being physically disconnected from school due to the pandemic. We Were Seeds recently featured Rachael Arthur, UA Deputy Director of Career Readiness, in an inspiring one-on-one career coaching session with UASCJ senior Aisha Nazlin, exploring her passions and unlocking potential career pathways. Watch the conversation  here .
Social-Emotional Learning Conversation Series Brings Experts Together to Talk SEL in the Community
SEL in the Community,  a series moderated by David Adams, UA Director of Social-Emotional Learning, brought students, educators, policymakers, and community leaders together for critical and empowering conversations about social-emotional learning during these uncertain times. 

Michael Smith , Director of Youth Opportunity Programs and Executive Director of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance at the Obama Foundation, kicked off the series with a discussion about community-wide solutions to uplift families and community members during the current health crisis. Watch the conversation  here .

The second installment featured  Congresswoman Yvette Clarke  discussing how to promote social-emotional well-being across different audiences, communities, and cultures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the conversation  here .
UA Graduates on National Decision Day
May 1st was National Decision Day , a day where high school seniors around the country made their final decisions on college. UA seniors took to social media to make college announcements and post photos of their new school logos and mascots. Click  here  to see an album of celebratory National Decision Day photos from the UA. 
Stories from UA schools and UA central were featured in numerous publications over the last month:
  • The Urban Assembly is thrilled to announce that our CEO, Kristin Kearns-Jordan, has been appointed to Mayor de Blasio’s Education Sector Advisory Council, which will serve a a critical link to disseminate information about re-opening and provide guidance to shape the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here!

  • UA's Comp Sci High was featured in this article by New Schools Venture Fund for their ability to innovate and quickly shift priorities/practices in light of COVID-19. 

  • UA’s own Stephanie Fiorelli, Deputy Director of Alumni Success, was hailed as a “textpert” as she weighed in on how to reach students via text in an article by Signal Vine. Read more about the “Fab 5” ways to engage students effectively here!

  • Jeff Chetirko, principal of UA NY Harbor School was featured in this article by the NY Daily News which discusses how schools are working to get caps and gowns to seniors who will graduate remotely. 

  • Roony Vizcaino of UA School for Global Commerce was featured in Chalkbeat sharing ways we can use and improve remote learning in the next school year. Read more here

  • David Noah, principal of UA’s Comp Sci High, penned an op-ed in Chalkbeat emphasizing that teachers will be on the front lines this fall and that it is time to recognize, and prepare for, the heroism that will be required of them. Read more here.

  • Nina Granberry, a teacher at UA Institute of Math and Science for Young Women, captured experiences of her remote students for EdSurge, and shed light on their creativity and resilience. Read more here.
Coming up at the Urban Assembly...
Thursday, May 28, 2020 (TODAY!) - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

In this 4th session of our PD series Differentiation in a Virtual World , we will review strategies for increasing student engagement through skillful design of high quality mini-lessons. We will discuss several components of exemplary mini-lessons including inquiry-based introductions, connections to previous material, thoughtful modeling and think alouds, checks for understanding, note-taking strategies, and clear directions for independent work. We will also review the virtual teaching app “Go Formative.” In addition, our facilitators will model best practices for facilitating learning and engaging participants.  

  • Audience: Teachers across all content areas and administrators or coaches who supervise this work.
  • Facilitators: Rodolpho Loureiro and Fabiola Quiñones
  • Register here!
Tuesday, June 9 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join UA's Deputy Director of Social-Emotional Learning, Brandon Frame , for the third and final installment of the SEL in the Community Series . Brandon will engage in discussion with athletes and community leaders JR Inman and Quincy Douby about the intersection of social-emotional learning and sports.  Register here!
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