DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
At P.S. 39, we are committed to a culture of inclusion, respect, social justice, and equity. We encourage all members of the community to explore topics and issues relating to diversity and inclusion, and by doing so develop a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges we face as we are raising the next generation of socially responsible citizens
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We have put together a collection of resources to help keep our families engaged this summer. The tool kit includes:
The Book of the Month program
The school year is over, but feel free to read over summer. Our last months theme was LGBTQIA. The books can be bought from our Amazon Wish list. Also, remember to use the P.S. 39 Amazon Smile link* for all your amazon purchases!
Partners in Puerto Rico Project
Dear PS 39,
These past seven months have been difficult for our Puerto Rican neighbors and their families, and with our PS 39 community’s support, we are excited to report that we reached our goal in our 'Partners in Puerto Rico' project. This was an incredible student-led collection effort made possible through your generous donations of school supplies, backpacks, and money for shipping costs, all sent to the students of Domingo Massol in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. 100% of your donations were used to replace the supplies that Domingo Massol students lost when Hurricane Maria swept through the island and left many of them and their families without homes, electricity, and/or water. Thanks to your generosity, these students will be able to use these much needed supplies to continue their studies. The supplies reached the school during our Spring Break and the school personnel and students were all astounded and tremendously grateful for them! This project was also part of our ongoing effort to promote diversity and inclusion, to engage our students, deepen their compassion, and broaden their worldview. With the amazing video created by one of our Diversity and Inclusion members and the tireless dedication of our staff, PS 39 students learned about their fellow American students in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, and every student created a personal note that was included in the backpacks for the students in Puerto Rico. Your participation and commitment demonstrated to our children the importance and power of community service in all our lives and we look forward to continue working together on future endeavors that make a wonderful and tangible difference.
Community Events & Activities
Attend the Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools conference July 16-19. More info here
Get Organized BK events listings click here
In the News:
05/02: Why are NYC schools segregated? It's not as simple as housing
05/02: How school choice differs for black and white families
04/29: White UWS Parents Outraged at Diversification Efforts
04/26: Glennon Doyle Is Coming to Get the White Women
04/22: PODCAST: From He To She In First Grade
04/21: What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and why should we care about it?
04/16: As school segregation backslides nationally, educators look for solutions
03/19: Extensive data shows punishing reach of racism for black boys
02/17: 'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes
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The P.S. 39 Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The P.S. 39's Diversity Committee was created to engage the entire school community - parents, children, teachers and administrators - in promoting a culture of respect, social justice, equity and openness in our school community.
We are committed to engaging in this work with respect, curiosity, authenticity and vulnerability. We seek to build community and partnerships and maintain accountability to ourselves, our families and school in the process. We welcome parents, teachers and administrators to join us!
From the DOE / City Council
Equity & Diversity in Schools for ALL (NYC DOE plan)
Desegregating NYC: 12 steps toward a more inclusive city
Our staff is doing training with the Human Root. Feel free to join in their training:
1.WATCH: Where are you from? (2.5 min)
2.READ: CNN's Where are you 'really' from? Try another question
3.READ: No, You’re Not Imagining It: 3 Ways Racial Microaggressions Sneak into Our Lives
4. Read DARING GREATLY: Transforming the way we live
Also, material from our Gender Inclusivity Workshop
Resources for Parents and Students
Webinars from the Child Study Center at NYU - topics ranging from teaching kids about the internet to overcoming anxiety
How to talk to your children about disabilities and differences
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