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February 20th, 2019

CEJ Releases Report Highlighting Lack of Diversity in NYC Elementary School Curricula

On February 20th, CEJ released a comprehensive report on the lack of representation of students of color in NYC’s elementary school curricula, and called on the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to create Culturally Responsive Curriculum in New York City schools. The city has committed publicly to increasing diversity and integration in public schools, but has not addressed the absence of authors and characters of color in the curriculum. CEJ’s new report reveals the depth of the lack of representation, diversity and inclusivity, through the evaluation of more than 700 books across three commonly-used book lists and seven K-5th grade English Language Arts (ELA) curricula.

Read the whole report here.

Read the Executive Summary here.

Click here to read CEJ’s press release.

Click on the links below for additional media coverage of February 20th’s rally announcing the release of the report.

Black and Hispanic Authors and Characters Missing from NYC Schoolbooks: Report,” New York Daily News.

Advocate Groups Protest Cultural Disparities Taught in Grade School Literature,” New York 1.

Educational Justice Advocates Push for a More Culturally Responsive School Curriculum,” Amsterdam News

February 11th, 2019

Our Culture, Our Schools

CEJ is excited to announce the release of our video, “Our Culture Our Schools”.  The video features numerous personal accounts from students, parents and activists alike. Each interviewee shares his, her or their stories facing racism and bias in school, and how Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) could have shaped their educational experiences. CEJ will continue to push the Department of Education to do what is right by all NYC students  and implement Culturally Responsive Education.

“When we negate people the opportunity to learn their legacy, and what brought them into this world, we don’t give them the space to fully love themselves.” – Diana Noriega, Chief Program Officer at The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families.

October 4th, 2018

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”

April 26th, 2018

CEJ Victory for Culturally Responsive Education!

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Today the Mayor announced that the City is putting $23 million into the Executive budget for culturally responsive education and anti-bias trainings for tens of thousands of school staff. This is in direct response to the tireless work of parents from the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ). Parents have been fighting, organizing and advocating for this for over a year, even delivering 20,000 petition signatures to City Hall a few weeks ago.

The trainings will include several topics such as…

  • Implicit Bias
  • Culturally Responsive Education
  • Educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Empowering Families
  • Power and Privilege
  • Critical and Courageous Conversations about Race
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Leading for Equity and Excellence

Click here to read CEJ’s Press Statement

Click here to learn how CEJ has worked to make Culturally Responsive Education a reality in NYC schools.

February 21st, 2018

CEJ and Allies Take City Hall!

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CEJ made their demands for NYC schools to adopt Culturally Responsive Education loud and clear at a rally at City Hall on February 6th. In the wake of a racist slavery lesson at a Bronx middle school, parents, students, elected officials, and education equity advocates alike came together to let the Mayor’s office and the Department of Education know that our communities will not let this disgraceful incident get swept under the rug. Over 50 people entered City Hall, singing and chanting, until their voices were heard and Natasha Capers, CEJ coordinator, met with the Mayor’s chief of staff to discuss CEJ’s demands.

Since last March, CEJ and allies have been fighting for the Mayor to make Culturally Responsive Education a key part of his education agenda. This includes implement a curriculum that teaches historical truths and expanding anti-bias trainings to thousands of teachers, administrators, and school staff. Unfortunately, only one half of one percent of NYC’s teaching force are participating in this type of cultural competency training. The Mayor must be held accountable for the dehumanizing actions against students of color by school staff. Our voices will be heard.

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.                          “We actually need to tell the truth when we’re teaching history even when it makes our country, our city, look bad…especially when we’re uncomfortable with the truth.” – Natasha Capers

Click below to watch CEJ and allies in action!

Sign our petition here to demand the Mayor take action against racism and bias in NYC schools!

Click here for more press coverage on CEJ’s actions!

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