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June 27th, 2019

CEJ, Educators, and Allies Rally In Support of Culturally Responsive Education and Anti-Bias Trainings

 

On June 4th, CEJ was joined by students, advocacy groups, educators, and families to call on the NYCDOE to continue the anti-bias trainings currently underway at the NYC Department of Education and revamp curriculum to be more culturally responsive. Chancellor Richard Carranza spoke and reaffirmed that culturally responsive education is the cornerstone of educational justice. The rally reinforced the need for authors and characters in elementary school curriculum that represent the diversity of NYC students. CEJ will continue to fight to support culturally responsive education and a more inclusive and diverse curriculum for all students.

Click on the links below to read more on the media coverage of the CRE rally!

Richard Carranza joins anti-bias rally amid controversy over trainings

Advocates call for expanding anti-bias training amid attacks on Carranza

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.

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