Anti-Racism & Anti-Bias
@ PS 29
At P.S. 29, we are committed to being an anti-racist school community. To that end, we must:
Educate ourselves on anti-racist practices collectively as a school and as individuals.
Examine ourselves and the ways in which living under systemic racism leads white people to act, knowingly or unknowingly, in racist ways.
Those with white privilege must use it to act as allies for the BIPOC community.
Foster dialogue with our students in the classrooms and families at home.
Our commitment to being an anti-racist school is reflected in our professional development for staff, the books in our libraries, our pedagogy and instructional practices, and we look forward to working in partnership with our families to continue to examine our biases and ultimately make shifts that will address inequities in every facet of our school life.
This year PS 29 is a part of Bank Street College’s Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE) Collective. The CCRE Collective is a year-long, online cohort program designed to support teams in reimagining and redesigning their policies, practices and systems to create a more equitable school community. We are a part of a 6 school cohort that includes schools from NYC, Seattle & Northern California. You can learn more about the CCRE at Bank Street College by visiting their website.
The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity for All) Committee serves as the anchor of our anti-bias/anti-racism work. This is a dedicated a group of staff members & parents/caregivers that guide & support the school community in anti-racist/anti-bias work. Please read more about the work IDEA has done down below and visit their page on the PS 29 website to access resources.
Youth Equity Congress
The Youth Equity Congress is a D15 initiative designed for each school to have a team of students dedicated to learning, discussing & tackling issues of social justice. At PS 29, our Youth Equity Congress consists of student representatives from each 4th & 5th grade class.
For the 2021-2022 school year our Youth Equity Congress will be reading, discussing and doing This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell.
Over The Years
We’ve worked with Raising Race Conscious Children (RRCC) for professional development on examining and revising our curriculum to ensure that it is culturally relevant and inclusive. In working with RRCC we’ve developed proactive and reactive strategies for fostering dialogue about race, equity & justice in the classroom.
We’ve also facilitated community meetings for our families to learn and practice the proactive & reactive strategies to talking about issues of race, equity & justice at home.
We’ve worked with Cornelius Minor and used his book, We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to be what our Students Need Us to Be, as a school-wide professional text to identify inequities in our school. We have begun to examine our own biases and privileges and whom our own systems and practices serve and leave out.
Our staff IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity for All) Committee has led professional learning cycles to dig deeper into ideas like anti-racist VS not-racist, intent VS impact and individual VS systemic racism. IDEA staff has also worked on developing curriculum tools for teaching heritage months.
For the community, The IDEA Committee has hosted a book club reading of Me & White Supremacy By Layla
F. Saad, facilitated a 6-Week Commitment to Anti-Racism challenge, led parent workshops on pro-active & reactive race talk and hosted a panel on school desegregation.
Our School Leadership Team (SLT) has read White Fragility and listened to the Nice White Parents podcast to frame discussions about implicit bias and how to improve our practices to be more inclusive, restorative, and anti-racist. In continuing the work, this year the SLT is unpacking the 15 Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture.
Responding to bias-based incidents
Bias-based incidents are harmful and upsetting to any school community. When these incidents occur they can deeply challenge any school community’s climate of belonging. The ways in which we plan for, address, and heal from such incidents determines the path our school community is on to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.
A bias incident is any behavior that targets an individual and/or group based on their actual or perceived race/color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, age, disability or sexual orientation.
Why it’s important to report a bias-based incidents
Reporting a bias-based incident allows the appropriate school personnel to respond in the best ways to provide support, intervention and/or education to eliminate the behavior. Also, reporting bias-based incidents informs school-wide supports and interventions.
I want to report a bias-based incident
To report a bias-based incident you can contact our School Counselor & Respect For All Liaison, Cara Turnbull or complete our online Bias Reporting Form. After making/submitting a bias incident report, our Administration will evaluate the details and work collaboratively with staff members to respond to the incident.