Action Alerts

July 15th, 2020

Hope and Healing Town Hall for Healing-Centered Schools in the Bronx

“Healing centered engagement is a process that aligns institutions with a perspective, an approach & a strategy that addresses harm & restores well-being.” – Shawn Ginwright, scholar in ethnic studies, urban ed + healing centered schools. Students who have experienced trauma are more likely to be punished for trauma-related behavior, have their needs neglected, or are criminalized when schools aren’t prepared to support them. On June 23rd  CEJ  was a part of the Hope and Healing Town Hall where speakers discussed why #DefundNYPD is necessary for students’ healing & how to promote equity & healing in schools going forward. Students, parents, educators and community members came together and gained skills to better advocate for schools that support ALL students. 

Watch the record here:

Read the full roadmap here:

July 15th, 2020

Parent Town Hall: NYC DOE’s COVID-19 Response

Responding to the NYC Department of Education’s COVID-19 response, the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice held a virtual town hall (date) to hear from and discuss with parents across NYC how the shutdown of schools has affected them and their children. CEJ centered parent voices and concerns as we not only asked about children’s access to technology and resources that would help them succeed in online learning, but also questions of whether or not parents were communicated with effectively and clearly in their primary spoken languages about online learning. CEJ uplifts Black and brown parents impacted during the pandemic and encourages all parents of NYC schoolchildren to demand their voices be heard during this crisis!

July 15th, 2020

We Call On the DOE to Fully Fund Culturally Responsive Curriculum

The time is now! Parents, students, educators and community members must come together to demand that the NYC Department of Education invest in culturally responsive education for all students! 85% of NYC students are of color yet most students go to schools where the curriculum they are taught does not reflect their cultures, histories or experiences. We demand the DOE purchase new ELA curriculum that is truly culturally responsive and adequately and deeply represents the lived experiences of the NYC student population. Research shows that Culturally Responsive Education decreases dropout rates & suspensions, and increases grade point averages, student participation, self-image, critical thinking and graduation rates. It’s time for CHANGE and we need it NOW. #Education4Liberation #CRESustainsMe

June 7th, 2017

Career Opportunity!

The Coalition for Educational Justice and the Urban Youth Collaborative are seeking an Education Justice Director. Click below to see the job description.

NYC Director of Ed Organizing Posting

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.