The Good News Report

Inspiring stories, promising practices, and updates cataloging the efforts of students, teachers, principals, districts and the Brooklyn South Borough Field Support Center. 


posted Nov 1, 2016, 2:03 PM by Heather Lawrence

Thalilaa Charles Appointed to PEP

Brooklyn South BSAC  (Borough Student Advisory Council)
We are off to a fantastic start this school year and held our first meeting on September 27th.  As we continue to recruit, we expect that at least a few more high schools will send up to two students each and our numbers will rise. Last year we led the city with 49 enrolled BSAC students. Our students actively participated in CSAC (Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council) and we completed and presented a final project (Improving School Safety Through Improving Adult-Student Relationships). This year we are looking forward to another fantastic year that will build upon our students work from last year, expand their “voice”, develop their leadership skills and allow for them to return to their home schools and begin the work of supporting positive change to school policy and issues that directly impact students. The co-facilitators, myself and Betty Feibusch (Affinity Culture & Climate Manager) meet once a month for approximately 3 hours with the full  student group and then meet with the smaller executive board to plan agendas, invite speakers, develop activities etc. that will guide the foundation of the work this year.  As of October 20th we have 32 students from the following Brooklyn South and Brooklyn South Affinity Schools represented. GREAT NEWS! One of the Brooklyn South BSAC student leaders was selected as one of only two students appointed to serve on the City-wide PEP (Panel for Educational Policy). That student is Thalilaa Charles from  Midwood HS: Grade 12 .


posted Nov 1, 2016, 12:27 PM by Heather Lawrence   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 1:35 PM ]

Student Work Products

GEM Returns !!

On October 25, 2016 Brooklyn South Re Introduced the GEM program alongside the Office of Field Support. Brooklyn South Remains committed to Gender Based programming and will support schools in building capacity to improve and increase the number of Gender focused programs available in Districts 17,18, 20,21, and 22.

G.E.Ms in the Making


posted Jun 13, 2016, 6:18 AM by Brandon S.   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 12:51 PM by Heather Lawrence ]

Brothers Breaking Bread: A brief overview and recap of year one of Brooklyn South's young men's initiative

As a part of the Brooklyn South's June 9th Dream Big for Young Men of Color Event, the team shared a recap of the centers BBB initiative spearheaded by Charles Koonce. The video below provides a brief overview of the program and highlights the impact that the simple formula -- gather + break break + discuss -- can have on the lives of students and schools communities. BBB marked the first steps in a larger plan to collaborate with districts, community partners, ESI and schools in an concerted effort to raise awareness and stigmatize around issues faced by our young men of color.
For more information on BBB contact Charles at
*Special recognition goes to Raymond Johnson for his work in editing and assembling this video!


posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:46 PM by Brandon S.   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 6:26 AM ]

Brooklyn South Dreams Big for our Boys of Color

On June 9th, the Brooklyn South held an event entitled "Dream Big for Young Men of Color." It was a day dedicated to developing a deep understanding of the ways we as educators can adapt and improve our approach to serving and support our young men of color. The guest speaker was Dr. Omékongo Dibinga (read more about him here). 

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga delivered a powerful message and shared some tangible next steps for all those in attendance to take back to their buildings and share with their colleagues. 

In addition to Dr. Omékongo Dibinga presentation,  one of the other high points of the day was the beautiful collage made up of participants "dreams for young men of color." The collage served as a amazing "bookend" to an already powerful day. 
Check out the pictures below to see more of the event. 


posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:30 PM by Brandon S.   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 6:34 AM ]

A New Director!
 De Govia will be joining the Borough Field Support Team as the Brooklyn SouthBorough Field Support Center Director. Former Brooklyn South Director Cheryl Watson Harris was recently named Senior Executive Director of the Office of Field Support under Deputy Chancellor Josh Wallack. 

Mauriciere currently serves as the Superintendent of District 23. A Brooklyn native, Mauriciere is a dedicated instructional leader with more than 15 years’ experience in the NYC Department of Education. Mauriciere is committed to creating collaborative communities that foster a shared vision of purposeful instruction, accountability, and the responsibility of transforming students into life-long learners.

The Brooklyn South team collectively wish Mrs. Watson-Harris all the best in her new role and are excited about the experience and insights Ms. De Govia brings to the center!  


posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:19 PM by Brandon S.

Lunar Year 2016 at IS 201K Dyker Heights
Sorry for the delay on this video! 
Credit Hector Uribe

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posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:14 PM by Brandon S.   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 7:06 AM ]

ENL Students Going to College!
The Brooklyn South Division of ELLs wanted to highlight and recognize the efforts of Marilyn Jeffries, ENL teacher at 22K014, in exposing middle school students to college by coordinating a visit to Columbia University. As we know, the Chancellor is looking at College and Career Readiness from k-12 and thus we should expose all of our students including our ELLs to opportunities which will get them excited and ready about life after HS.  On Thursday, June 2nd ENL students at 22K014 attended a trip to Columbia University as a follow-up to the school's College& Career Week. At the university, the students received an informational session that explained the admissions process, financial aid process, academic programs offered and residence life. Students also received a guided tour of the university. Marilyn expressed the following, "We hope that taking our middle school students to an institution of post secondary education will help them to begin considering a future beyond high school and envisioning the lifelong benefits of a college education. Overall, the day was very successful and the students left the campus motivated and empowered for their future as college students."


posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:00 PM by Brandon S.   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 7:08 AM ]

ELL Share Fair
ELL Share Fair took place at FDR HS, Thursday, June 2nd. The goal of this event was to bring together educators across Districts 17, 18, 20, 21 & 22 to share ELL instructional practices and celebrate the great work that is occurring across our Brooklyn South schools.

Over the course of the day, participants had a chance to see first hand the work of their colleagues through presentations for all levels (elementary, middle and high schools), engaged in important conversations around improving ELL practices and were treated to some amazing student performances!

Check out the pictures below to see more of the event!


posted May 23, 2016, 12:00 PM by Brandon S.   [ updated May 26, 2016, 7:29 AM by Erin Elman ]

BK South Attends and "Represents" at COSEBOC 2016

Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color

May 18-20 members of the the BK South BFSC, District Teams and School / School leaders represented at the 2016 COSEBOC annual gathering. 

The mission of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) is to connect, inspire, support and strengthen school leaders dedicated to the social, emotional and academic development of boys and young men of color.

COSEBOC is the only national education organization of practitioners solely focused on promoting the educational success of boys and young men of color. COSEBOC works with all schools – preK-12th grade; public, charter and private; coed and single gender. COSEBOC connects research, policy and practice and is a learning community for school leaders.

The conference was amazing! The event provides opportunities for practitioners to come together, share ideas and develop a community!


posted May 23, 2016, 11:55 AM by Brandon S.   [ updated May 23, 2016, 12:08 PM ]

Brooklyn South AP Immersion Day

Earlier this school year Chancellor Fariña requested that Field Service Centers meaningfully engage their current AP’s, who are the most likely to ascend to school leadership positions, for the purpose of increasing their familiarity with BFSC staff and their understanding of the supports provided by the BFSC. In response, on May 6, 2016 the Brooklyn South BFSC in collaboration with LEAP, APLI and BK South Districts hosted "AP Immersion Day" for 40 aspiring school leaders. Participants gained a deeper understanding of BK South BFSC Divisions and left with a clear picture as to where to go (Central, BFSC, District) to obtain support as a new school leader. 

The Brooklyn South BFSC wishes all those in attendance the best in their future endeavors!

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