What We Have Won

Snap Shot of CEJ’s Accomplishments (English & Español): CEJ One-Pager

Our successes so far include:

  • 2021 – After 5 years of organizing for the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to implement CRE, the DOE Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter announced an historic investment in the children of NYC and their education by bringing Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Curriculum to NYC at scale for the entire system for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Beginning the 2021-22 school year, the DOE will invest $500 Million over the course of the next 3 years to create new Culturally Responsive Curriculum for K-12 ELA & Math!
  • 2018After we launched the Culturally Responsive Education Campaign in 2016 and included students, educators, families, and advocacy groups that called on the city’s DOE to continue anti-bias teacher training as well. as revise the curriculum to include culturally responsive education. Academic Parent-Teacher Teams engages The city allocated $23 million into the DOE budget to accommodate these demands in April 2018, allowing for the training of tens of thousands of school staff.
  • Academic Parent-Teacher TeamsIn 2015, CEJ’s efforts to support transformative parent engagement resulted in the funding of a pilot program in 10 schools to implement Academic Parent-Teacher Teams, an innovative model of parent-teacher conferences that has proven to strengthen academic achievement as well as increase parent engagement. Academic Parent-Teacher Teams engages parents and teachers in a collaborative effort to communicate about student learning goals and tasks. Throughout three, 75 minute, classroom meetings each year and one 30-minute individual meeting, teachers present performance data for the class and individual student, model activities for families, and help parents practice these strategies and share other learning techniques they use at home. Click here for more information on Academic Parent-Teacher Teams

To hear what parents, teachers, and students have to say on Academic Parent-Teacher Teams, click here!

  • Parent Engagement Trainings: Throughout 2014 & 2015 CEJ co-planned and co-led trainings on parent engagement and organizing with the DOE that reached over 2,500 parents and school staff.
  • Renewal Schools: In 2015 CEJ secured a $30 million commitment from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to fund an additional hour of instruction every day for all students in Renewal Schools, as well as incentives to recruit expert teachers and principals to the Renewal Schools.
  • Parent Power School: In 2014 CEJ held four Parent Power Schools that trained more than 250 parents in key education policy topics and leadership skills
  • PS 2013 Campaign: In 2013 CEJ worked with the A+NYC coalition to lead the PS 2013 campaign, which engaged thousands of parents and community members in creating a vision for public education under the next Mayor.
  • Expanded Learning Time: In 2013 CEJ worked with the City Council and the Middle School Task Force to initiate a pilot of Expanded Learning Time in 20 middle schools.
  • Parent-Teacher Home Visits: With CEJ’s support, Parent-Teacher Home Visits were launched in six middle schools in 2012.
  • Extended Parent-Teacher Conferences: CEJ’s advocacy resulted in a $5 million initiative to offer 30-minute, one-to-one parent-teacher conferences to the families of every child who scored below grade level on the new Common Core assessments. At these conferences, parents and teachers will discuss the child’s strengths and challenges and concrete activities to do at home to help the child progress. Click here for a flier to spread the word about this initiative.
  • Middle Grades: CEJ’s efforts led to the establishment of a Middle School Success fund of almost $30 million to support comprehensive reform in low performing middle grade schools.
  • Academic Intervention Services: After city test scores plummeted, a CEJ-led campaign resulted in a Department of Education initiative of $10 million to provide additional tutoring to struggling students at 532 schools across the city.
  • Science Labs: The Brooklyn Education Collaborative won $444 million from the Department of Education to build science labs in every middle and high school by 2010.
  • Teacher Quality: The Community Collaborative to Improve District 9 Schools created the Lead Teacher Program, which puts master teachers in schools to support the development of other teachers. The program expanded to include more than 100 schools citywide.