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July 26th, 2020

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Family Engagement in the Time of COVID-19 and Remote Learning, and Always

Culturally responsive-sustaining (CRS)  family engagement is absolutely critical for meaningful learning to take place. CR-S family engagement is the practice of authentic, equal partnership with families, rooted in a deep knowledge and appreciation for the rich social and cultural identities, assets, habits and contexts that families bring to learning. Read this latest document for guidance for districts, schools, and educators who want to deepen family engagement and continue to foster learning during the pandemic, and for parent and community groups advocating for stronger and more community-connected practices in their schools.

July 16th, 2020

CRE Guidebook

Transforming Our Public Schools: A Guide to Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (Guidebook) – We know that having Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CRSE) in schools is a critical part of honoring students of color and students of other marginalized identities. CRSE is critical to raising anti-racist youth and educators, and developing student agency and critical consciousness to address societal inequities. The money spent on policing can be used instead to fund culturally responsive-sustaining curriculum, pedagogy, and school climate. 

Check out this latest resource: “Transforming our Public Schools: A Guide to Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education,” where you can learn more. This booklet offers information and resources on what a culturally responsive classroom and school looks like in action. You can find the booklet here There are more toolkits, one-pagers, and key research studies on the CRE Hub website: Please share these resources widely.

July 15th, 2020


New Resources Launched for Culturally Responsive Education – The Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) launched CRE Hub, a multimedia site that provides critical research, communications materials, and organizing toolkits for educators, parents, students, community members, and district leaders to build the movement for culturally responsive education. As school districts increasingly continue remote learning during the pandemic, EJ-ROC offers guidance and tools to maintain public education that truly centers all marginalized students. Visit the site here: Spread and share it using the hashtag #CREHub and tag @nyu_ejroc!

July 5th, 2020

Community Roadmap to Bring Healing-Centered Schools to the Bronx

This roadmap lays out a step-by-step process to help schools remove structures that undermine healing, build practices that advance healing, and create whole-school change in the process. It is a culmination of years of intense research, community conversations, and written by the members of the Bronx Healing-Centered Schools Working Group. The Working Group hopes this document will provide students, parents/caregivers, community leaders, and concerned school staff the necessary framework to bring healing-centered practices to schools in the Bronx and citywide. Visit #PoliceFreeSchools #InvestInCommunities  #CulturallyResponsiveEducation

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

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