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Hurricane Sandy Resources

Resources for Schools

November 20, 2012

Through an extension of the iZone, the NYC DOE will offer online courses to middle and high school students who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy and are unable to attend school. All courses will be taught by certified New York City teachers and will meet NYSED regulations. Displaced students can learn more about the program and sign up here, or they may call 718-642-5885 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

October 31, 2012

Dear Parents,

I hope that you and your family are safe and secure following this week’s storm. We know that everyone is eager to get back to school, and we are working hard to make that happen. We will continue to share information in the coming days.

In the meantime, we encourage you to use this time to continue your child’s learning while he or she is at home. To help students engage in educational material, we have shared the resources below for students in grades preK-12, including the College Planning Handbook. These materials do not replace what your child has been learning at school, but during this unusual time it is important that students continue to read, write, do science activities, and work on math problems.

The materials include:

  • Suggested daily study schedules
  • Guides and materials for instructional activities
  • Recommended educational television shows

Please note that some of these activities will require adult supervision.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time. We look forward to having students back in school as soon as possible. 


Shael Polakow-Suransky
Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

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Guide for Principals in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

The Guide for Principals in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy is intended to support you in transitioning back to the regular school schedule as effectively as possible and help you plan for short-term and long-term contingencies your school community may face. As you think about the transition back to school for both students and staff, this guide provides support for:
•         Welcoming staff and students back and making sure they are getting the support they need
•         Planning curriculum for students who may or may not be able to attend school next week. 

Professional Development Resources for November 6

The November 6 professional development day may look different than what you had originally planned.  You and your leadership team will determine what to prioritize as you transition back to school. 

For those principals and schools that have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, please consider using the Guide for Principals in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy to help address your school’s needs as you plan for the days and weeks ahead.

You may also use any of the resources previously posted to the Professional Learning page on the Common Core Library, where you will find the following activities:

  • Unpacking the citywide instructional expectations
  • Understanding the Common Core instructional shifts in math and literacy
  • Using Danielson’s Framework for Teaching to norm on classroom practice
  • A new activity posted below that provides a case study for revising a Common Core-aligned unit

Revising a Common Core-aligned unit

In this 120-minute activity, participants will:

  • deepen their understanding of the selected instructional shifts as a teacher team plans and revises its first Common Core-aligned unit through an analysis of teacher and student work;
  • understand and be able to explain the specific elements that are a part of competency 1e and how to use this competency as they revise/plan their first Common Core-aligned unit.


Additional Online Resources

Everyday Math

Online access to Everyday Math has been provided to all NYC schools, including those that do not usually use these resources. McGraw-Hill has offered this support for the next three weeks, knowing that some schools and students may need additional online resources during recovery from the storm. Each staff member should follow the steps outlined below to create an account.  

Getting Started with Everyday Math online access:

Go to the EVERYDAY MATH home page: http://em-ccss.everydaymathonline.com/g_login.html and click “Activate Your Account”
• All teachers must use ZIP code 10007 during registration regardless of your actual location.

Once you have logged in to your new account, please enter the Class Management page via the CLASS BUILDER or BUILD CLASS link to set up a class and register your students. Please enter a name for your class that will be distinct (ex. Mrs. Jones 1st grade K011 2012), choose a grade level, then save (class description is optional). Upon creating your class, you will be able to manage students. For each student, enter the first and last name, and the grade level (additional information is optional in conformance to the No Child Left Behind act). After building your class and registering your students, you may then retrieve your students' passwords and generate login cards for them.
Teachers and students may log in from the EVERYDAY MATH home page:

Note: if you have previously registered an account, you may log in as normal and continue using the program. Your account will remain as it previously was, including classes that were created and students that were registered. If you no longer need your previous class data, you may remove your class to allow the students to be assigned to a new class (please check with your site administrator that any usage or statistic reports have been completed before doing so).

Technical Support:

Technical support is provided by McGraw-Hill Digital Technical Support; toll free at 800-678-2747, or via web form at http://www.epgtech.com/contact/index.html. Additional support materials are also available on the website.