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NYU Metro Center Partners with the NYC Department of Education to Conduct Two Separate, But Equally Impactful Professional Learning Series


NYU Metro Center Partners with the NYC Department of Education to Conduct Two Separate, But Equally Impactful Professional Learning Series

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at NYU has partnered with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to lead professional learning sessions and team coaching for educators and administrators, in addition to a host of other NYCDOE district and school leaders.

Working directly with the NYCDOE’s Office of Equity and Access (OEA), the Metro Center has established two separate and impactful professional learning programs to better foster and aid in the implementation of student-centered learning environments that affirm cultural identities, foster positive academic outcomes, and elevate historically marginalized voices.  The first of these two NYU Metro Center’s professional development series aims to build greater understanding of foundational concepts of critical consciousness and Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CRSE). The Center’s Critically Conscious Educators Rising (CCER) training series calls upon participants to engage in both coordinated self-reflective activities and research findings that demonstrates how CRSE and healing-centered engagement increases student engagement and, in turn, improves student outcomes. This innovative Metro Center workshop series provides educators with multiple opportunities to critically analyze their own practices and build capacity for affording young people opportunities to engage with identity, equity, and anti-oppression in school spaces. CCER participants will also engage in healing-centered activities designed to allow space to center health and wellbeing as necessary skills for sustaining equity mindsets.

The second of these NYU Metro Center professional learning programs is designed for school equity teams, professional development committees, school leadership teams who are looking to expand the use of Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education (CRSE) practices schoolwide. The Citywide CRSE Professional Learning Community (CCPLC) training offers team coaching and action planning to participants aiming to gain tailored support on their implementation of CRSE standards. Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education experts from NYU Metro Center provide hands-on guidance to facilitate greater depth of understanding and efficacy for district leaders and school leadership cohorts. CCPLC training participants are encouraged to bring work artifacts, data, or problems of practice to their coaching sessions with NYU Metro Center experts, to obtain direct guidance and assistance in the implementation of customized CRSE plans.

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education is intended to help education stakeholders to foster learning and engagement through the cultivation of critical thinking amongst students. CRSE encourages students to connect across lines of difference and empowers them to stand as agents of social change. The momentous impact that Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education has upon learning environments has been roundly certified through both data and research findings, however the greatest measure of its success might be to the extent that CRSE practices can be used to transform educational opportunities for marginalized and minoritized students. This enables the schools to mitigate the harm disproportionality causes upon children of color, multilingual learners, and students with disabilities. Expanding CRSE would be a significant success, especially for the 1.1 million New York City children learning in the largest school system in the United States. 

Critically Conscious Educators Rising (CCER) professional learning sessions begin February 1st. To register for CCER sessions here: 

Citywide Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CRSE) Professional Learning (CCPLC) convening start March 2nd. To register for CCPLC here: