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.
Summer Engagement Kit
Check out these suggestions for things to read, do, visit, get involved with and discuss! Click on the image to view the full PDF version.
JOIN US AT OUR PARENT DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE MEETING:
Download our latest newsletter! ICYMI, you can still take a look at our Summer Engagement Kit. Get the kit here!
Your Story, Our Story Project 2019
PS 39 is continuing our partnership with the Tenement Museum to share immigration, migration and family tradition stories across our community. Learn more about the project on our Your Story, Our Story page.
Center for Racial Justice Parent Workshop :
Here are the materials from the first workshop in case you missed it.
Children are Not Colorblind
Lens of Systemic Oppression
Parents Resource Guide
White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo
Community Events & Activities
Now Playing: Monsters and Men: A movie about police violence against communities of color.
The Book of the Month program
June's theme is 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!
In addition to the Books of the Month, we have some great books to check out in honor of this month's theme, LGBTQIA and Pride.
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
The Boy & The Bindi by Vivek Shraya
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising A Revolution by Rob Sanders
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown and Jason Brown
DIALOGUE & DRINKS
Monday, June 24th @ 8:30pm at Commonwealth.
Three brothers tear their way through childhood— smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn—he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white—and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times.
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In the News:
5/17/19: Black Girls Detail Harsh Consequences of Being Seen as OlderTthan Male White Peers
5/17/19: Why We Can't Afford to Leave Race Out of School Funding Conversations
2/27/19: Why Include Pronouns in Your Email Signature
2/26/19: Fashion Retailer Boden Sparks Fury with New Sexism Row
2/25/19: Interview: Robin D' Angelo
2/13/19: I'm Not here to Answer Your Black History month Questions
2/11/19: The Women Who Contributed to Science but Were Buried in the Footnotes
1/16/19: White People Assume Niceness is the Answer to Racial Inequality: It's not
1/9/19: When White People are Uncomfortable, Black People Are Silenced
11/29/18: America is Racist: So What Do We Do Now?
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 15th 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!
Spring Break Conversations: Helpful ways to have conversations with your children about what they did over their spring break in ways that
will challenge them to reflect on the moments of connection that made their time off memorable.
The Windows and Mirrors of your Child's Bookshelf:
Ted Talk with Author Grace Lin
Talks at Google: Ijeoma Oluo "So You Want To Talk About Race"
Grace Lin Ted Talk: "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf"
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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