Teacher Contact: Cara Turnbull Parent Contact: Lauren Kesner O’Brien
The goals of the PS 29 IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for All) Committee are:
- To serve as a springboard to discuss and respond to issues of race, identity, equity, multiculturalism and class that affect the school community;
- To assist administration in providing diversity-oriented professional development to all teachers and staff;
- To support the efforts of administration to increase the number of faculty from under-represented backgrounds (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality);
- To initiate and support efforts to create a diversity-oriented curriculum and extracurricular activities that will give our students the skills to think critically about issues of race, identity, equity, multiculturalism and class in ways that will enhance our community and help our students make sense of the world around them.
PS 29 is committed to becoming a diverse learning community. Early exposure to diversity creates empathic, forward thinking, socially conscious global citizens. To make that happen there must be continuing discussions within the community; a revolving door of varying ideas, perspectives and events.
Aspiring to achieve this goal will be an ongoing process, a journey we all take together. How we facilitate the process and handle the impending changes will help to shape the values of our school community.
Below is how we hope achieve these goals…..
- Host a series of Diversity Leadership workshops (2-3), similar the April 1, 2015 event with Dr. Edward Moore, Jr. We recognize that this work has to be done on all levels within the community so we want to continue to provide education for parents & caregivers. It is important that we continue to work with professionals who are known leaders for their work in this field because we know that in the end it will help us grow our work at PS 29.
- Provide professional development to all staff, at least 2 times for the 2015-2016 school year. As stated above, this is work that has to be done on all levels, and ensuring that our teachers and staff are equipped with the tools necessary to appropriately teach, respond and react to issues of diversity is paramount.
- Purchase, create, develop and/or implement a diversity-oriented curriculum that will be utilized and taught in the classroom. Diversity education should not only take place when “teachable moments” arise. It should be seamless within the academic curriculum.
- Continue to host free school-wide social events (e.g., Game Night, Dance Party, Taste of PS 29) that everyone in the community can attend.
- Continued education of the Diversity Committee. This includes attending conferences and also the purchase of literature & films that will keep members of the Committee at the forefront of ideas, practices and trends around issues of diversity. The education gained will be used in shaping the diversity work taking place at PS 29.
- Assist in the recruitment of faculty from underrepresented backgrounds. To live and function successfully in a global community, education must include learning from teachers whose backgrounds, beliefs, lifestyles, and perspectives reflect the true diversity of our city.
- Facilitate school-wide participatory events, activities, celebrations around diversity-oriented topics (e.g., theatre performances, collaborative visual arts piece, etc.).