The Renewal Schools Program Wasn’t a Failure, It Was a Lesson

Two elementary age female students working on a lesson in a classroom with teacher partially in frame.

Earlier this week, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the much expected news that the city will evolve its efforts to improve its troubled schools. The news does not come as a surprise. On Friday, October 26, 2018, The New York Times published a story about how New York City knew some of its Renewal […]

Real Integration and Equity in New York City Schools

Students gathering at the steps of a statehouse

Today, New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) took another small step toward equity and one giant leap toward integration, with the release of the initial recommendations by the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG), of which NYU Metro Center is a member. The report, titled Making the Grade: The Path to Real Integration and […]

Disproportionality and Punishment: A CRE Approach to School Discipline

A student walking alone up a flight of school house stairs

The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) recently released its annual data report on school discipline for the 2017-2018 school year. Following a trend of three consecutive years since data have been reported, Black and Latinx New York City public school students were once again disproportionately suspended last school year. Despite comprising 67 […]

Introducing the Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard: A Tool to Evaluate Curriculum

With the release of the Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard, parents, community members, educators, and organizers can find out whether curriculum in their schools is culturally responsive or culturally destructive. This is a much-needed resource that adds to an emerging toolbox to measure culturally responsiveness in the classroom. Curriculum plays an essential role in students’ lives, […]

Journey Forward: The New York State’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework

table that represents the culturally-responsive-sustaining education model.

On Monday, January 14, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) marked its journey forward by presenting its Cultural Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework to the New York State Board of Regents. It was likely one of the most important steps in New York State education history. As some people know, NYU Metro Center is a leading […]

Marching Closer to Our North Stars: Notes on Education for Liberation

Too many of us educators have been given a pass in relation to our obligation to help end the suffering of hurting women, men, and children languishing across the globe. Their screams to us for justice are shrilling, piercing through the night air like the shadows of bullets cutting through Black and Brown flesh—innocent people […]

Unmasking the Linguistic Policing of Black and Brown Children in Today’s Schools: A Call to Action

Make no mistake: Black and Brown students are “stopped and frisked” relentlessly in schools for their linguistic and cultural identities.1 It is not hyperbole to assert that they are under linguistic surveillance. Many well-intentioned teachers in today’s schools enact pedagogies that dishonor Black and Brown students’ heritage languages, and I attribute this to an unflagging […]

Prototype: Colin Kaepernick, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Treatment of Black Boys and Men

On Friday, September 22, 2017, in a last-ditch effort to support Republican Senator Robert Strange (who currently occupies the senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions), the U.S. president asked a crowd of Alabama on-lookers if they would “love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that […]

#BlackLivesMatter, Schooling, and The Miseducation of White People

Many of us laughed (sometimes nervously) and cringed while watching Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. This fictional horror movie depicts a young Black man who goes with his White girlfriend to her family home for a weekend. What ensues is sheer revelation. It is here that we catch a glimpse at what it means […]

Floodwaters that Linger: Examining the Inequitable Impact of Natural Disasters on Vulnerable Children

As I write this, Hurricane Irma is battering Caribbean islands and is taking aim at South Florida.  Two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast, crippling coastal communities and creating unprecedented flooding in Houston, Beaumont, and surrounding areas. The floodwaters continue to linger, as rivers and bayous are so swollen with runoff that […]