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June 28th, 2017

Juneteenth Rally for Racial Justice in the Classroom!

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In remembrance of Juneteenth, the date on which the last enslaved Africans in the US were freed, students, parents and allies came together to rally for racial justice in the classroom. From the steps of City Hall, we called on the Mayor to make Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) a centerpiece of his second term education agenda.

Culturally Responsive Education includes…

  • A curriculum that reflects all cultures
  • Positive discipline policies
  • Diverse teachers and leadership
  • Cultural competency and anti-bias training for all school staff
  • Transformative parent engagement

Want to learn more about why our children need a culturally responsive education and the positive impacts its had on children throughout the country? Click here!

Want to learn more about the Juneteenth and its historical significance? Click here!

To read the Juneteenth press release, click here!

March 25th, 2017

CEJ Launches Campaign for Culturally Responsive Education!

Saturday, March 25th marked the launch of CEJ’s Campaign for Culturally Responsive Education. Joined by passionate speakers, talented drummers and dancers, and allies from across the city, we marched from the site of New York’s historic First African Free School to the steps of the Department of Education to call for the implementation of Culturally Responsive Education in our children’s schools. Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) connects the academic curriculum to students’ personal experiences and perspectives; helps students build knowledge and pride in their culture, heritage and language; and develop students’ ability to communicate and connect across cultures.

Click here to read CEJ’s Platform for Culturally Responsive Education.

Click here to read the press release!

Click here to read why Culturally Responsive Education is needed, and the positive impact CRE has had in other school districts.

December 8th, 2016

CEJ Calls For “Sanctuary Schools”

On Thursday, December 8th, CEJ parents held a press conference at the NYC Department of Education to call on the NYC Department of Education to do more to make schools a refuge from racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia for students and families. In light of the surge of racist and anti-immigrant harassment and crimes in NYC and nationally, the DOE must take a much more proactive role in equipping school staff to support students who are exposed daily to hateful speech and acts through their own experiences, friends and family, and the media; and families who are being threatened with discriminatory federal policies. 

Click here to read CEJ’s proposal to the DOE for steps to address this need. 

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Click here to read the press release

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Join the campaign by signing up here!

August 9th, 2016

Parent Power School Going Strong!

Parent Power School – Sat, July 30, 2016

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The July Parent Power School of 2016 was centered on power and authority. Participants learned what advocacy is and how it can be a tool for school improvement. Parents were asked to identify their personal approaches to power and authority, and discuss how personal power styles can be utilized for effective advocacy. Through scenarios and role-playing, parents practiced how to prepare for meetings with community stakeholders and government officials on issues in their school districts. Over 100 people attended the session, which was held at the New York City’s Administration for Child Services and conducted in Spanish and English, with food and childcare provided.

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Click below to download some materials from the training!

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June 30th, 2016

Research Shows Schools Need at Least Five Years to See Improvement

On June 14, 2016, The Coalition for Community School Excellence released a research report from the National Education Policy Center indicating that schools need at least 5 years of implementation to show measurable and sustainable school improvement. The report asserts that a large scale school transformation strategy, such as the NYC Community Schools Initiative, only shows interim results in the first 3 to 4 years of implementation and needs at least 5 years to see substantial results. 

Media Advisory for Community Schools Event [June 14 2016]

Time for Improvement

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