Announcements for Friday, March 5, 2021
Please see today's announcements.
Please see today's announcements.
ACLA will reopen for in-person learning for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8, and only for families who had opted-in for in-person learning before November 2020.
(At this time, the building is not reopening for students in grades nine through twelve.)
Learn about the African origins of cornrows. Discuss how the civil rights movement and hip hop have influenced cornrow styles. Create your own cornrow simulation.
Presented by CSDT.org
For ALL students in grades 3 and up!
(educators and families are welcome)
Tuesday, February 23rd, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Virtual Cinema for NYCDOE high school students, families and educators!
MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women. Joy delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms.
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Presented by Computer Science for All and the Brooklyn North Borough Office
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced, today, the selection of 496 high school seniors as semifinalists for the prestigious Cooke College Scholarship Program. This highly selective scholarship provides exceptionally talented students who have financial need with up to $40,000 annually for four years of college, to enable them to attend a top-performing college or university.
Congratulations to BOTH Isaidy Medina and Paola Rodriguez, ACLA seniors who have been selected as semi-finalists!!!!
The semifinalists were chosen from a pool of 5,860 applicants and represent 428 different high schools. Every year, around 60 students are chosen for the scholarship. The 2021 Cooke College Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.
“These semifinalists embody determination and resilience as they navigate finishing high school during one of the most difficult and unprecedented times in American history,” said Executive Director Seppy Basili. “In the midst of these challenging times, we remain deeply committed to ensuring that students have the opportunity to access an education and reach their fullest potential. I am honored to recognize these students for their hard work and achievements.”
Students applied from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. A list of the semifinalists can be found below.
Cooke College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, and leadership. Students must be current high school seniors residing in the United States. Scholarships are awarded without respect to religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, geographic region, race, or ethnicity.
Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in AP Computer Science Principles
All City Leadership Secondary School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for the third year in a row for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses.
Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2019-2020 school year. That’s nearly 37% more than the 818 schools recognized last year. In 2020, [School Name] was one of 831 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles.
“ACLA’s students need the power to shape technology, not just cope with it,” says Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of global policy and external relations. “Young women deserve an equal opportunity to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and tech leaders. Closing the gap in computer science education empowers young women to build the future they want.”
The first year of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016-17 attracted more students than any other AP course debut, and participation is on the rise. In 2020, more than 116,000 students took the AP CSP Exam—more than double the number of exam takers in the course’s first year, and a 21% increase over the previous year. In 2020, 39,570 women took the AP CSP exam, nearly three times the number who tested in 2017.
Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in May 2019. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24% of the 5 million people in computing occupations.
That’s why new College Board research about AP CSP is so encouraging. According to the data, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than 5 times as likely to major in computer science in college, compared to similar female students who did not take CSP. The study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP CSA, and that for most students, AP CSP serves as a stepping-stone to other advanced AP STEM coursework.
These findings make it all the more imperative that schools nationwide achieve gender parity in AP Computer Science classrooms. The 1,119 schools that receive this year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award should serve as inspirations and models for all American high schools, where overall, female students remain under-represented in computer science classes, comprising just 34% of AP Computer Science Principles participants. So there is a long way to go to achieve equal gender representation in the field of computer science. Currently, less than half of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science, a clear opportunity to be addressed by strong partnerships between policymakers, the tech industry, and educators.
WHO? Calling all ACLA students (all grades), alumni, parents, faculty, staff and Riseboro partners, and anyone else associated with ACLA over the years!!!!!
WHAT? We’re looking for testimonials of all shapes and sizes.
* What do you love most about ACLA?
* Why did you choose to apply to and join our school community?
* How has ACLA helped you grow as a leader?
* What extra-curricular opportunities (sports, clubs, cadets, organizations) have you participated in?
* How has your time at ACLA helped you in your post-secondary pursuits?
* What staff or faculty members have influenced you most and why/how?
* Parents – how has ACLA helped your child?
HOW? Create a google slide, a short video testimonial, artistic representation (music or art), short paragraph, or any other response to tell us about your ACLA experience, answering some or all of the questions above or sharing any other positive aspect of your time at ACLA. Make sure to include your name and your current affiliation (student, parent, alumni, faculty, etc.) Take credit for your work!
WHERE? Submit your response via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(If there is a video or picture of you, please include a signed media consent form)
WHEN? We will accept submissions on an ongoing basis but would like your best initial effort by THIS Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9am.
WHY? We would like to incorporate these testimonials in a variety of forums, including virtual middle school and high school fairs, when introducing college admissions offices to our school, and when letting our community partners know about the great work happening at ACLA.
THANK YOU in advance for your support of our school!!!
Congratulations to senior Junior Siguencia who has earned admission to Wesleyan University along with a full, four-year college scholarship through Questbridge's National College Match!
Students are invited to apply to New York University’s College & Career Lab (CCL) this summer for an exciting, free, non-credit summer and yearlong Exploratory Program for rising 8th and 9th graders (current 7th and 8th graders) who attend school in NYC. More information about the program below.
Need additional support in completing the application? Join us for a virtual Application Walk-through as we walk through the program application process and answer any questions you may have about application requirements, essay topics, and next steps following admission. This session is open to all school leaders, teachers, students, and families - feel free to share this invite with anyone who may be interested.
What is College & Career Lab?
Students will meet online to participate in classes, interactive activities and games, and skill-building exercises designed to discover their passions. Students are grouped with CCL advisors who facilitate college and career exploration, mentorship, and continued soft skill development throughout the summer and subsequent academic year.
Who Should Apply?
Educational Support HS Youth Program: The Educational Support HS Youth Program is an after school program funded by the NYC Department of Youth an Community Development (DYCD). The services provided are: Homework Help, Tutoring, Career and Educational Counseling, Work Readiness Workshops and Project Based Learning. Eligibility: ACLA students in grades 9-12 with a 75, N or NX in English, Social Studies, Science or Math (June 2020 report card). A variety of incentives are also provided based on participant’s attendance! For more information, please contact Diana Rivera, Director, at email@example.com
FREE ONLINE TUTORING from current NYU students in the Society for Undergraduate Neural Science!!! High school students - use this link to sign up for free, individual, virtual, weekly tutoring (1-2 hours per week) in biology (living environment), chemistry, physics or mathematics.
The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education.
OTIS for educators is our new online training and support platform. NOW PARENTS CAN CREATE ACCOUNTS TOO!!! Videos on OTIS help parents/guardians learn how to support distance learning by teaching skills like troubleshooting home wireless internet connections, enabling webcams, connecting to a Google Meet and much more. We encourage all of ACLA's parents to sign up and take advantage of this free opportunity.