3rd Annual ASD Nest New School Year Kick-off


The 3rd Annual ASD Nest New School Year Kickoff was a huge success!

At our largest Kickoff yet, 500 teachers, therapists, and administrators came together to celebrate the start of a new school year. They heard an inspirational and hilarious student speech from Millennium Brooklyn 11th grader, Colin Ozeki, a rousing keynote from Paula Kulth, and attended breakout workshops on topics ranging from happiness to classroom setup to ASD and girls. The day ended with a raffle with over 35 prizes donated from generous sponsors, including Scholastic, Sensory Goods, CW Pencils, Oriental Trading, Po Restaurant, and more! 

Special thanks to all those who helped to make the day possible:

  • Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Carmen Alvarez, Vice President, United Federation of Teachers
  • David Kirkland, Director, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, NYU Steinhardt
  • All 35 of our fabulous ASD Nest school principals 

Check out below for more information about the day.

Nest Staff Grant Program

NYU's ASD Nest Support Project continues its ASD Nest Staff Grant Program, to provide funds for teachers and therapists to address Nest students' strengths and challenges.

Click here to download the ASD Nest Staff Grant Program application.

Grants are only available for teachers and therapists currently working in the NYC DOE's ASD Nest Program schools, as a part of that school's Nest team.

Applications are due October 15



Workshop Handouts

Kickoff attendees attended breakout sessions on a variety of topics to help them prepare for the new school year. Workshop handouts are available for download below:


Kick-off on Social Media