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!
Our monthly reading group features "Nothing to add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions" by Robin DiAngelo
Monday, April 9 @ 8:30 pm at Commonwealth.
Robin DiAngelo discusses common rationales for white silence racial discussion, and challenges them from an anti-racist framework. RSVP to email@example.com.
The Book of the Month program
In addition to the reading group, we also have a Book of the Month program for reading with the wee ones! 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 Wednesday, March 21st @ 8:30am in the Cafeteria - Join us!
Join a discussion on the perception of Black girls as more adult and less innocent than their white peers. March 21st @ 2-3pm. RSVP here
Get better at having conversations around race and racism with a Calling In Workshop. Saturday March 24th @ 10am-1pm, Brooklyn Free School. RSVP here
The DOE is seeking input from students, parents, educators, advocates, and community members on how to increase diversity in New York schools. Join the School Diversity Advisory Group Town Hall on March 27th between 6:30-8:30pm (Location TBD). More information can be found here
Attend the Racial Equity Forum at Fordham University, March 28th @ 6-9pm.
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In the News:
02/17: 'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes
12/14: Are private schools immoral? A conversation about race, education and hypocrisy
11/28: We learn early to not bridge the racial divide
11/20: Reading without walls
11/17: Bringing ‘Wonder’s’ lessons of empathy and inclusion to life for students
11/17: Thanksgiving and privilege
11/11: Show up for racism
11/10: Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents
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!
The Human Root
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
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
Booklists for Black History Month: Children, and Adults
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