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Metro Center Director Kirkland Secures Major New York City Council Grant

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-ViveritoDr. David Kirkland, Executive Director of NYU Metro Center, announces a $250,000 grant contract to support 9 cohorts of New York City educators to address equity and justice issues for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Dr. Kirkland stated that the Metro’s Center for Strategic Solutions (CSS) will manage this grant under the direction of Natalie Zwerger.

NYU Metro Center will use this funding, initiated by New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, to design and facilitate 9 cohorts of the Critically Conscious Educators Rising Series. The Critically Conscious Educators Rising Series gathers like-minded educators who are committed to equity and justice in education for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The series will work to build a community of critically conscious educators who will turnkey information within their individual spheres of influence. Objectives include expanding individual and collective critical consciousness (defined as the ability to perceive social, political, and economic oppression and to take action against the oppressive elements of society), engage in a deep analysis of equity research, and develop/ deepen an equity/racially-just lens when crafting culturally responsive lessons in classroom.

NYU Metro Center will implement a curriculum designed to tie shifts in individual mindset to explicit actionable pedagogy and curricular design. Cohorts will meet monthly for sessions that are designed to offer a reflective space where teachers come together with colleagues from across the city to actualize critical and responsive curriculum design. Funds will be used to tailor and implement a curriculum to develop critically conscious educators.

In July/August of 2017, each of the 9 cohorts will begin their series. Each series totals 8 days including one full day (6 hours) summer professional development and 7 monthly 3-hour sessions. In total, CSS will provide 243 hours of technical assistance, professional development and collaboration around issues of equity and critical consciousness in the classroom. There will be a total of 72 days and 360 teachers from across the city (180 schools will send 2 teachers each).

It is expected that the 360 NYCDOE teachers who will attend the sessions will deepen their commitment to equity and justice in education for culturally and linguistically diverse students, which benefits the community immensely.