Led by parents, the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice is organizing a movement to end the inequities in the city’s public school system. We are a collaborative of community-based organizations and unions whose members include culturally diverse parents, community members, students and educators. We are motivated by the urgent need to obtain a quality and well-rounded education for all students. We will mobilize the power of parents and the community to affect policy change and create a more equitable educational system.
All New York City Children Deserve Culturally Response Education!
As parents, we want our children to graduate from high school prepared for college and careers and lives of learning and leadership. While NYC schools are some of the most culturally and linguistically diverse in the nation, with 180 languages spoken, enormous achievement gaps remain. Many destructive forces contribute to these unacceptable outcomes, including the ways that systemic racism, overt and implicit bias play out inside schools. In order to help students achieve their goals, improve outcomes for all students and create oases from racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia and other biases, the NYC school system needs Culturally Responsive Education.
Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) is a method of rigorous, student-centered education. CEJ calls on the NYC Department of Education to implement CRE in the following ways:
- 1. Work to ensure school and district staff represent the diversity of the NYC Schools population; promote district-wide skills in culturally responsive education and anti-discriminatory practices
- Provide classes, curricula, projects and resources designed to celebrate the rich diversity of NYC Schools students
- Cultivate a positive, culturally responsive culture in schools that respects and honors all youth regardless of race, culture, and abilities
- Champion increased parent engagement efforts that are culturally responsive and promote collaborative efforts to help students grow
CEJ Demands Culturally Responsive Curriculum
CEJ’s most recent report addresses the lack of diversity in NYC public school curriculum. On October 4th, over 75 parents, youth, elected officials, and advocates took to the steps of the Department of Education to demand for the creation and adoption of a Culturally Responsive Curriculum in New York City Schools. The Daily News quotes CEJ Coordinator Natasha Capers saying, “Positive representation matters, because seeing yourself allows you to think about who you can become in the future…If the stories and authors do not reflect the student population, how do we expect students stay grounded in what they’re learning?”
Read CEJ’s press release here!
Click HERE to see CEJ’s findings on Diversity in NYC Elementary School Curriculum
Click here to read the full Daily News Article, “School’s Reading Lists Biased Against Authors & Characters of Color”