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.Tweet
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.
Click here to read the press release
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Parent Power School – Sat, July 30, 2016
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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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.Tweet
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.
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.