Publications

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

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”

February 3rd, 2018

CEJ’s Goals for 2018

Click here  to read CEJ’s 2018 Priorities to implement Culturally Responsive Education in NYC schools.

October 28th, 2017

Culturally Responsive Education: Facing Pushback

“How can we talk to our community, our schools and our elected officials about culturally responsive education (CRE)? How can we prepare for the doubts and attacks we may hear?” Click on the links below to learn more about discussing culturally responsive education with others: 

Culturally Responsive Education: Facing Pushback

Culturally Responsive Education: Facing Pushback (Spanish)