February 10th, 2018

CEJ and Allies Demand that the Mayor Expand Cultural Competency Trainings for School Staff


Listen here to Coalition for Educational Justice Coordinator, Natasha Capers address the need for cultural competency training  for school staff on WNYC’s All Things Considered.

In addressing how Black history is taught in school curriculum, Natasha Capers said,

“…One of the major things, it starts off with talking about Black history, Black people, at slavery. So it doesn’t actually start with kingdoms, it doesn’t start with the place, it doesn’t start with humanizing African people… If you want someone to identify with someone else, that takes empathy. You start by learning about that continent, their people, their traditions, their languages.”

“NYC Needs Culturally Responsive Education” – Natasha Capers

“Racist Slavery Lesson at Bronx School Ignites Fiery Protest” – New York Daily News

“Parents Rally after Bronx Teacher Allegedly Stepped on Students for Slavery Lesson” – News 12

“Parents Group Responds to Racist Slavery Lesson in Bronx School” – Amsterdam News

“Angry Parents Call for Anti-Bias Training in Schools after Bronx Teacher’s Slavery Lesson” – Pix11

“New York City Teachers Bring Black Lives Matter to the Classroom” – Chalkbeat