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
JOIN US AT OUR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE MEETINGS:
Monday, October 1st at 7pm in the Music Room
Tuesday, October 30th at 8:30am in the Cafeteria
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ICYMI, you can still take a look at our Summer Engagement Kit and catch some end of summer activities! Get the kit here!
PS39 WELCOME DINNER a Success!
Over 350 members of the PS 39 community came together on a gorgeous Saturday, September 15 to welcome our children back to school and celebrate our families and our cultural diversity with favorite foods. Read more...
The Book of the Month program
This September we are kicking off the school year with books themed on multiculturalism - be on the lookout soon for discussion questions! 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
Thursday, September 27th 8pm!
Our first reading selection for this year
is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Thanks to Chi Kaitano for curating the series and Dana Luria who will host this first discussion!
Community Events & Activities
Managing Racial Stress, Guidance for Parents Webinar - Tuesday, September 25th 8:30pm
Real Talk: School Integration in New York City - Tuesday, October 16th 6:30-8:30pm
Get Organized BK events listings click here
In the News:
0920/: 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
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!
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
This October we'll be offering parent trainings on talking to kids about race with Border Crossers. Stay tuned for more information!
Talks at Google: Ijeoma Oluo "So You Want To Talk About Race"
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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