Student Equity Initiatives
Circles are a restorative practice, rooted in Indigenous values, for building relationships that are rooted in equity and trust which create a safe space for all students to bring their whole selves. The application of restorative circles to our “Morning Meeting” and SEL lessons align with our school-wide goals of knowing our students well, applying an ABAR & equity lens to our instructions, curriculum and school-wide operations.
Affinity groups in school are spaces for students with shared identities to come together and engage in work that allows them to share their experiences as members of a non-dominant identity group. In October of 2021, we launched 3 affinity groups for students who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning or other non-dominant gender identity or sexual orientation) and Neurdivergent (individual whose brain functions differently to what we consider typical; includes people with autism, ADHD, Tourette’s, dyslexia and a range of other neurodiverse conditions).
We’re excited to relaunch our affinity groups for the 2022-2023 school year.
Youth Equity Congress
The Youth Equity Congress (YEC) 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 read & discussed This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell.