NYS TARC Newsletter—November 2021

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RoS Spotlight:

Meet Casey Pulz, New NYS TARC Director

Dear friends,

My name is Casey Pulz, and I am excited to partner with your organizations as the new Director of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Technical Assistance Resource Center for the Rest of State (non-NYC) region.

I will oversee a team of Resource Center Specialists to provide targeted and intentional technical assistance and professional development based on your needs and feedback. We will work closely with NYSED and the NYC TARC to offer relevant resources, collaborative opportunities, and support to you and your programs.

This monthly newsletter will feature updates about professional development and networking opportunities, relevant news from NYSED, and a spotlight on subgrantees from across the state.

Casey Pulz, MPA
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Technical Assistance Resource Center, Rest of State Region

Save the Date

Thursday, November 18, 10:00-11:15am:
Virtual EZReports 101 Training – Required for all Site Coordinators

Thursday, December 2 ,10:00-11:30am:
Virtual Fall 2021 Kick-Off Required for all

Additional required virtual workshops:

  • Tuesday, December 7 10:00-11:15am
  • Thursday, December 9 10:00-11:15am
  • Wednesday, December 15 10:00-11:15am

*EZReports Webinar 201 will occur on one of the above dates for anyone who needs advanced training in reference to Teacher Surveys, 21APR data checks, and any other technical aspects of EZReports.

Please note: Subgrantees are required to attend two out of the four webinars, plus the Fall Kick-Off event on December 2. One of the required webinars will be the EZReports Webinars 101 or 201, depending on the subgrantee’s experience with the system.

We need your feedback! Stay tuned for a separately emailed survey for workshop topic offerings.

Last Call:
Report Card Surveys Due Tomorrow, Nov. 2

As you may be aware, in 2021-2022, there are new Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measures that require the number of students who improved their grade point average (GPA) from year to year.  This information will be included on the 2021-2022 APR.

As we began to collect information about grades and GPA calculation among schools in NYS, we found there were a variety of methods used to indicate each students’ performance on a report card. We realized that will need to create a method for identifying similar grades (letter, number, percent, etc.) to allow common reporting of GPA.

To that end, as a first step, we have created a survey for each program director to forward to their site coordinators, for the site coordinators to complete about grades/GPA/report cards for the schools within your program.

Please submit your information
by November 2, 2021.

Spring 2021 APR Upload

The Spring 2021 APR data will be uploaded by EZReports (EZR) into 21APR in early Dec. 2021.

RFP Announcement

The new 21st CCLC Round 8 RFP has been posted. Deadline for submission is November 23, 2021.


PD Session:
Developing District-Wide & Building-Level Emergency Response Plans

This 3-hour training provides an overview of the planning principles and planning process recommended in the federal Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.  There will be an in-depth review of New York State’s Project SAVE legislation regarding development of District-Wide Safety Plans and Building-Level Emergency Response Plans, and how school officials can use federal guidance to meet New York’s statutory and regulatory requirements. Participants will receive guidance on how to apply a 6-Step Planning Process to develop plans that will allow your school or district to address the 5 preparedness mission areas of Prevention, Mitigation, Protection, Response, and Recovery.

Choose from these Zoom session offerings:

PD Workshops:

This month’s workshops from the Leadership Program will give participants several different ways to consider gratitude and will offer many tools for fostering gratitude in their lives—to the benefit of themselves and all those around them.



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NYC Spotlight

Some of you may not have heard the great news! 

The New York City Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC), operated through the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE), has had their contract renewed for the next five years. That gives all NYC sub-grantees an opportunity to continue working with Elida Martes, Laurie Crutcher and Melissa Ocasio for this last year of round 7. Elida Martes is the Director of the TARC who has first-hand knowledge from being a Program Manager of 21st CCLC programming, and has worked for NYCDOE for over 15 years. Laurie Crutcher, Lead Program Manager, worked as a Program Manager overseeing 21CCLC programming in Rounds 4, 5 and 6, has worked with the NYCDOE for over six years and is the veteran on the team working at the Resource Center. Laurie has been a consistent resource and support to sub-grantees and worked diligently to build relationships through the years. Melissa Ocasio joined the team in early 2019 as a Program Manager.  She supervised 21st CCLC programming for Rounds 4 and 5 and is now sharing best practices with sub-grantees. Not only is the NYC TARC team working to assist with all areas of 21CCLC, but they are currently hiring two more individuals to join their team. Round 8 will have a TARC team of 5 individuals whose job will entail providing support in the areas of Site Monitoring, Technical Assistance, Professional Development and data support in the state’s mandated attendance reporting system, EZReports. We are proud to be able to continue to support all NYC sub-grantees and want to wish best of luck to all those who will be applying for Round 8.

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