Professional Development + Family Outreach
In the 2021-2022 school year, PS 29 was a part of Bank Street College’s Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE) Collective. The CCRE Collective was 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 were a part of a 6 school cohort that included schools from NYC, Seattle & Northern California. You can learn more about the CCRE at Bank Street College by visiting their website.
Raising Race Conscious Children
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.
Staff Development with Cornelius Minor
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.
PS 29 Equity Team
Our PS 29 Equity Team has led professional learning cycles to dig deeper into ideas like anti-racist VS not-racist, intent VS impact and individual VS systemic racism. The Equity Team has also worked on developing curriculum tools for teaching heritage months. For the community, The PS 29 Equity Team has hosted a book club reading of Me & White Supremacy, 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.
PS29 School Leadership Team
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, the SLT did a deep dive into unpacking the 15 Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture during the 2021-2022 school year.