New York Appleseed Monthly: A New School Year Brings Renewed Efforts For Integration
October 20 16
Advocacy ~ Integration ~ New York
A New School Year Brings Renewed Efforts For Integration

Dear Friends:

We are a month into the new school year and things are in motion. After a summer that saw a number of positive statements from city and educational leaders, the time is now to double down on integration efforts happening across the city. We are hopeful that our partnerships with IntegrateNYC4me, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe, and new allies will result in positive changes for New York City students. 

Updates and Announcements

Epic Next - Laundry City

New York Appleseed is proud to announce a new partnership with Epic Theatre Ensemble's youth company Epic Next.  This summer five young people from the LAUNDRY CITY Company interviewed over 30 educators, policy experts, parents and students on the topic of educational segregation and created the original play LAUNDRY CITY -- a hilarious and provocative exploration of what "Separate but Equal" means to us today. Introduced by School Diversity Project Director Matt Gonzales, Epic performed Laundry City on September 22nd at Teachers College, Columbia University for an audience of students, educators, parents, and researchers. New York Appleseed will be working to bring Laundry City to venues all across the city. Contact Matt Gonzales if you would like to plan a performance at a venue in your community!


 

IntegrateNYC4me - Youth Council

In late September nearly 40 students from over 10 community school districts, along with adult allies, came together to form the first Youth Diversity Council for New York City. Students led discussions about school integration and equity, and worked diligently to co-create a social media campaign around integration. Help us reach our goal of one million retweets and shares of the hashtag: 

#MakeAmericaInteGREAT

 

Citywide Integration Advocates Get Organized

In collaboration with our partners from the NYU Metro Center, New York Appleseed coordinated and facilitated a meeting of over 70 advocates from across New York City. The group included students, parent leaders, teachers, school and district leaders, and members of a range of organizations interested in supporting integration. The group agreed to continue collaborating toward shared goals. 

Want to Get Involved?

Advocacy Map

Please take a look at our interactive advocacy/integration map and help us grow it. We are in the process of mapping out all community school districts, but we would like to add the efforts of all schools, community school districts and organizations working on school integration in NYC. Contact Matt Gonzales directly with any additions or feedback on how to improve this map.

IntegrateNYCNow Google Group.

Please sign up for our Google group IntegrateNYCNow, a place for us to share information, resources, and events. This can be a great opportunity for us to coordinate efforts online.

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        News and Notes

        For more up to date news on school integration in New York and beyond, please follow us on social media. See below for some highlights of the news around integration.

        • New York Appleseed Executive Director David Tipson featured in The Village Voice.  See article here
        • The Century Foundation released a report on Segregation in NYC's Pre-K program. Read article and report here
        • Check out the Chalkbeat article about five NYC school districts putting integration on the map.  Read article here.
        • Four New York City Community School Districts were awarded Federal Magnet School Assistance Grants to prioritize desegregation. More info here
        • SIPP Grants in District 1 and 13. At a recent CEC meeting in District 1, parent leaders expressed concern about delays in integration planning processes caused by the New York City DOE. Read more here and here.
           

        Events

        The NYC High School Application Process I – Examining Educational Access and Equity: New York Appleseed’s School Diversity Project Director Matt Gonzales will be a featured panelist. 

         

        Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletter, subscribe to it, and share it with your friends. Have a great month!

        The New York Appleseed Team 

        New York Appleseed is part of a nonprofit network of 17 public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico, Appleseed is dedicated to building a society in which opportunities are genuine, access to justice is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest.

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