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
Our most recent newsletter!
P.S.39 is partnering with the Tenement Museum on Your Story, Our Story
Our Story started in a Brooklyn middle school and has expanded to high school and colleges. PS39 is the pilot school for their expansion into elementary schools. We are excited to showcase a project that allow our children to celebrate their unique rich histories. We know sharing our stories, grow our community.
During screen free week May 14th - 18th, we want you to share with your child a story about an object that has been passed down or is cherished. It should be an object that represents your families immigration or migration story. Then we want you to take a picture of that object and you and your child will write a few sentences to share the story. We will provide a form and more details in the coming weeks. But for now, we want you to think about what the immigration/ migration story you want to share and the object that presents that. Here is a link if you want to see more about the program.
Our monthly reading group features "Gender Outlaw" by Kate Bornstein
Monday, June 18th @ 8:30 pm at Commonwealth.
A funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Book of the Month program
This months theme is Immigration / Migration. 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!
Community Events & Activities
Our next committee meeting is May 9th @ 7pm in the Cafeteria - Join us!
Participate in the online workshop series "Beyond Identity - race, class, power ... and winning the world we need". May 26th, 3-5pm. More info here
Join the free webinar: Talking Race & Kids - Unlocking the potential of parents to fight for racial equity in schools. May 29th @ 8:30pm
Join ASID for the next General Meeting. May 31st @ 4:00-6:15pm, Brooklyn Public Library. RSVP here
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
Follow Race/Related from the NY Times
Follow Scary Mommy on Race
Follow Raising Race Conscious Children
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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