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. By doing so, we develop a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges we face as we are raising the next generation of socially responsible citizens.
JOIN US AT OUR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE MEETING:
Wednesday, December 5th at 7pm in the Music Room (103). Childcare will be provided!
Download our latest newsletter! ICYMI, you can still take a look at our Summer Engagement Kit. Get the kit here!
Talking About Race for Parents Workshop:
Registration now open!
On January 17th, 2019, from 6pm-8:30pm, we will be offering the first in a series of parent trainings on talking to kids about race with Border Crossers. A light dinner will be provided for participants. School age children are welcome to join activities in the cafeteria with a pizza dinner provided. This training is pay-what-you-can and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Register here.
Community Events & Activities
The Thanksgiving Play: October 12th - November 25th
The Trials and Triumphs of Building an Anti-Racist and Integrated School
Thursday, November 15th 6:30 - 8:30pm
Ta Nehisi-Coates' We Were Eight Years in Power: Discussion Sunday, November 18th 6 - 8pm
The Ones Left Behind: Testimony From NYC Students
December 3rd 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Training: Talking About Race for Parents: Raising Children for Racial Justice:
Saturday, December 8th 9am-4pm
Now Playing: Monsters and Men: A movie about police violence against communities of color.
The Book of the Month program
This November our book theme is Native American history. 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!
DIALOGUE & DRINKS
Monday, November 26th @ 8:30pm at Commonwealth.
The October selection is There There by Tommy Orange. PA President Rudi Ganz will be facilitating.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the News:
10/30: Every Vote Should Count: North Dakota ID Law Threatens Native Americans' Vote in Key Senate Race
10/25: I Was a Racist Teacher and I Didn't Even Know it
10/24: Boy Talk: Breaking Masculine Stereotypes
10/15: The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action
09/30: White Progressive Parents and the Conundrum of Privilege
09/20: De Blasio Acts on School Integration but Others Lead Charge
09/16: White People are Still Raised to be Racially Illiterate
0912: What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day
09/10: Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?
09/06: To The Non-Racist White People, Please Just Be The First
09/04: Caranza Is Ready To Approve An Integration Plan For Brooklyn Middle Schools
09/04: How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism
09/03: NYC's School Chancellor Is Talking About Integration. Can He Make It Happen?
8/29: What is Privilege?
08/27: How to use Gender-Neutral Words
08/27: Why I Came Out As Being Poor
08/24: Review: "America To Me"
08/23: De Blasio Is Stalled on School Integration, but Brooklyn Parents Have a Plan
08/02: Why White Liberals Are So Unwilling To Recognize Their Own Racism
07/01: When Children Say They Are Transgender
06/06: In a Twist, Low Score Would Earn Admission to Select Schools
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The P.S. 39 Diversity & Inclusion Committee
P.S. 39's Diversity & Inclusion 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!
PS39 WELCOME DINNER a Success!
Over 350 members of the P.S. 39 community came together on Saturday, September 15 to welcome our children back to school and celebrate our families and our cultural diversity with favorite foods. Read more...
District 15 Diversity Plan Passes!
Read about efforts to diversity middle schools in our district here.
From the DOE / City Council
Equity & Diversity in Schools for ALL (NYC DOE plan)
Desegregating NYC: 12 steps toward a more inclusive city
A youth run organization that stands for integration and equity in NYC schools.
CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES!
Talks at Google: Ijeoma Oluo "So You Want To Talk About Race"
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
Check out this website for a variety of resources: Doing Good Together
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