Rise & Shine: This Queens school is training support staff to teach reading

Good morning!

Eileen Bramer began as a school aide at Long Island City’s P.S. 111 in 1986. Back then, support staff weren't primarily involved in teaching. Three decades years later, Bramer is still technically an assistant, but she's now on the front lines of her school's efforts to improve reading instruction.

Also, mark your calendars. On Oct. 22, we're collaborating with our friends at THE CITY to hold a pop-up edition of The Open Newsroom at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch to discuss how parents and caregivers navigate the city’s schools special education system. This event is part of our larger project with THE CITY looking into services available to families of special education students in public schools.

If you’re a parent, a caregiver or work with students with learning differences or special education needs, RSVP here to join us. Also we have a question for you: As a parent or caregiver of a student with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning differences, what are the biggest challenges, needs and headaches you’ve experienced? Tell us here. 

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

LITERACY LESSON To boost literacy, P.S. 111 in Queens  is training school support staff to teach reading. Chalkbeat

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ICYMI: The process is also undergoing some big changes for the first time in years, including a new set of waitlists. Chalkbeat

TALKING SHSAT Wealthy critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate the SHSAT have already funneled $2.5 million to keep the test through the group Education Equity. Financial Times

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