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  • Lisa Donlan
    Jan 12, 2011
      I have spent so much time and energy to give input to this office, under its many names and leaders ( I joined as Karen Fueher stepped down, so Jemina Bernard, Tom Hueser, Martine Guerrier , and even Maura Keaney before she hired Ms. Hall), not to mention the many junior minders assigned to CEC One)  on  training- content/best practices/timing, etc.

       yet it seems to me they repeatedly offer the same trainings over and over ( roles/responsibility, chancellors regs) but have stopped providing  us with the law, or the tools to complete the Capital Plan or to undertake zoning - the few mandates CEC's do have.
       And it seems the trainings usually citywide or borough wide are always on Tuesdays (which does no t work for me) or on a night of a long-scheduled PEP or my own CEC meeting) so I usually have to miss most of them.

      I have sat with these folks in various combinations to suggest various training cycles, or how to partner experienced CEC members with DoE folks to do a balanced training, etc. I have offered so many suggestions, to so many "ears," but I have never ever seen this office manage to incorporate any of it.
      (unlike SCA that has made a half dozen accommodations for CECs, at my suggestion,  to improve the  CEC hearing/input process).

       The last OFEA training I attended at the start of this 2 year term we were given a booklet that had no law ( it was still being negotiated) no Regs ( were being rewritten- for 3 years) , and provided little of substance.
      Worse than that- there was never any follow up- no law, no Regs, no trainings were offered as the last long transition between names/leaders/of this agency  morphed on.
       OFEA, in its many names and guises has presented many different power points and compacts and service agreements with promises of  many changing missions and purposes and services- none of which have ever been delivered upon in any meaningful way.
      I don't know what theses well meaning individual do all day but I can tell you that the global results and the ones we can see from the ground  are very very very poor.


      To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
      From: mchgh_lln@...
      Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:31:02 +0000
      Subject: [nyceducationnews] OFIA

      follwing are some emails between myself and Ewel. For your information, OFIA will be "training" CECs in February. Does everyone realize there will be elections again in May of 2011?

      NYS School Boards Assn has done past trainings for the CECs. However, at each training NYSBA has been surprised to learn that CECs do not have the same responsibilities as school boards:


      * CECs do not hire District Superintendents, whereas the boards do

      * CECs do not negotiate contracts, whereas the boards do

      * CECs do not determine budgets, whereas the boards do

      The folks from NYSBA are always at a loss when they are asked questions specific to NYC issues. In fact a few times there have been some very unpleasant rumblings from the participants about this.

      To Ewel Napier
      From: NoRyEln@... [mailto:NoRyEln@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:52 PM
      To: NoRyEln@...; jtenglert@...; jbflyskts@...
      Cc: Napier T.Ewel
      Subject: Re: FW: Citywide and Community Education Council Unit

      Can't we get someone from the NYC area who knows about the CECs to do the training? How about having various CEC members talk to their colleagues about common issue instead of bringing another outfit that has no familiarity with NYC?

      Why not have some DOE people there to talk about ARIS or SESIS or the new special ed. initiative? An awful lot of the CEC folks aren't familiar with their network leaders or network configurations.

      An awful lot of CEC folks are not familiar with the structure of the PEP

      An awful lot of CEC folks are not familiar with the members of the PEP

      Did anyone poll the CECs to see what training folks think they need?

      No one will attend if the training is of no interest to them

      How will the DOE decide which topic areas are important?

      How did the DOE decide the structure of the day?

      Survey Monkey is easy to use and free.....hint, hint, hint!

      Hi again

      Any news on this front? Will we have training in the near future or will we be waiting until the new elections?

      What's an internal content office?

      Ellen Mc Hugh
      Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
      Mark Twain

      From Ewel
      Good afternoon Ellen,

      In the past OFIA has surveyed councils to determine trainings of interest to councils, we will follow the same practice for councils during the 2011 through 2013 term. Additionally, we will be facilitating CEC trainings between February 2011 and June 2011.

      The term internal content offices is a reference to the various offices within the DoE (e.g. Office of Student Enrollment, School Construction Authority and Office for Family Information and Action) that will be asked to facilitate specific trainings for CECs.

      If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


      Ewel Napier

      Senior Manager, Citywide and Community Education Council Unit

      New York City Department of Education

      Office for Family Information and Action

      49 Chambers, New York, NY 10007 Room 503

      Office: 212-374-2435

      Fax: 212-374-0138


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