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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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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]

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Time for Improvement One-Pager

June 30th, 2016

The CEJ-UYC Fundraiser Was a Great Success!

Honorees Jaritza Giegel and Cassie Schwerner

Thanks to all who attended, volunteered, donated, and invited others to the Education Justice Honor Roll Celebration last week. We had a wonderful time catching up with the stars of education justice, snacking and enjoying the beautiful Atlantic Philanthropies space. 

We raised almost $15,000 in individual donations, plus $75,000 from an anonymous donor. All of those funds will be matched 50% by the North Star Fund, for a grand total of $135,000 to help sustain CEJ and UYC in the year to come. In addition, the Schott Foundation generously contributed $40,000 to increase the Education Justice Fund fundraising match for next year.

It is truly because of your unflagging support that the Coalition for Educational Justice and the Urban Youth Collaborative have remained strong for 10 years and counting.

If you forgot to donate last week, it’s not too late! Please make a contribution here now, and your donation will still be matched by the North Star Fund. 

Thanks again for your support, and stay tuned for more CEJ and UYC news this year as we continue to fight for educational justice for all NYC students!
Rafael Torres, Oona Chatterjee and Edgar Villanueva
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Esperanza Vasquez, Carlos Martinez and Mireya Solis
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Jamel Burgess and Jean Henry
April 4th, 2016

CEJ Recognized for Community Schools Advocacy Efforts

The Coalition for Community Schools has awarded CEJ with the Community School Family and Community Advocate Award for our efforts to mobilize and expand community schools. CEJ is recognized as being, “instrumental in the creation of a sustainable community school strategy in New York City. By bringing the critical voice of families and community residents into conversation, CEJ has helped community schools efforts to have a greater impact on the lives of young people and their families and communities. They continue to strengthen the capacity for authentic family and community engagement in community schools and keep the focus on better learning and outcomes for children. CEJ drove the passage of the community schools policy at the New York City Department of Education, a landmark policy for New York City and other large cities.” We are honored to accept this award at the Community Schools National Forum, taking place April 6-8 in Albuquerque, NM.  

CS Leadership Awards Press Release

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