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
Indigenous People’s Day Rally to advocate for Culturally Responsive Education!
On October 9th, CEJ held a teach-in and rally to honor Indigenous People’s Day. Over 100 parents, students and community members gathered to learn about indigenous traditions in the Americas, denounce the celebration of Columbus Day, and call on Mayor de Blasio to expand Culturally Responsive Education in NYC schools. The danza group Cetiliztli Nauhcampa performed, and parents and students spoke about the need for anti-bias training for school staff, multicultural curriculum and courses that respect and reflect the backgrounds and experiences of all NYC students. Speakers emphasized that the fact that NYC students are still celebrating murder, rape and genocide through Columbus Day – while many other cities have embraced Indigenous People’s Day - is a disgrace. CEJ will continue to push the Mayor and the NYC Department of Education to lead the nation in #Education4Liberation.