District 13 Townhalls: Becoming an Anti- Racist District. Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer winner and parent at D13, guest speaker on Tuesday December 15th. Recording for parents who missed this Townhall.
Sat, Dec 19 5:49pm
Dear P.S.20 Families,
 
P.S.20 is part of NYC School District 13. 
 
"District 13 encompasses the upscale townhouses of Brooklyn Heights, new high-rises along Flatbush Avenue Extension, sprawling public housing complexes and homeless shelters on the north side of Fort Greene Park, and the rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant." InsideSchools
 
District 13 under the supervision of Superintendent Kamar Samuels, has joined forces with the Community Educational Council District 13, to address racism in the schools of District 13, and 
has launched a conversation series titled: "District 13 Townhalls: Becoming an Anti- Racist District."
 
Here is a recap of the October 26th townhall:

 "On Tuesday October 26, we introduced two frameworks that will inform the learning series and guide our community this school year. You can learn more about the framework in the attached PDF and by clicking on the links below. We will be using both frameworks to shape what we do and how we move collectively towards becoming an authentically culturally responsive and integrated district.

  • The Five R’s of Real Integration. Members of Integrate NYC helped to craft five critical recommendations for real integration to be seen, heard, and eventually adopted by the city. These recommendations were accepted and are now a framework that can help the city avoid repeating the mistakes of the past when children of color were asked to carry the burden of ‘desegregation’ efforts. In D13 the 5 Rs is the WHAT that will guide the choices we make as we work toward becoming an authentically integrated district. Read more about the Five Rs on Integrate NYC’s site at https://integratenyc.org/mission

  • Developing a Liberatory Consciousness, from Barbara J. Love. Dr. Barbara Love is a professor and consultant with an expertise in personal, organizational, and societal transformation and strategies for liberation. She developed a framework to assist those ready to increase their awareness of where racial inequity shows up, to be analytical about the conditions that uphold racial inequity, to hold self-accountable, and to take actions that lead to anti-racist environments. Dr. Love’s framework is the HOW that will guide our personal and collective efforts toward D13 becoming an anti-racist district for our children. " District 13

Past and future guest speakers did share their expertise in relation to the 5 Rs and will help learn more about how we can all support authentic integration in our schools.

For future Townhalls please see the attached timelines and mark your calendars.

 

Last Tuesday, Dec. 15th,  marked the third Community Town Hall for the 2020 - 2021 school year. The Guest speaker was Nikole Hannah-Jones. Pulitzer winner 2020 and mom in D13, Nikole offered a great historical recap about school segregation and school inequalities in America and NYC. Nikole is absolutely fascinating and you can catch her talk on this recorded video: at 1:06:06. 

 

https://fb.watch/2p29XVhW3z/

District 13 and CEC 13 host 3rd Race and Equity Town Hall: Race and Enrollment with Guest Presenter Nikole Hannah-Jones.
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As the District continues this journey to be an anti-racist district, the District would like to get some feedback, if you did participate. If Tuesday, Dec. 15th was your first Town Hall experience, the District still wants to hear from you. Please take 5 minutes to respond to the survey linked below. 
 
Third townhall survey:
 
Below you can find the recurring link to access the meeting on upcoming town halls.
Join Zoom Meeting
 The next Town Hall will be on Thursday, January 14, 2021. 
 
And finally, these are the recordings for the Townhalls in October 2020  and November 2020.
 
October 2020:
 
 
November 2020:
 
  

 

 

​Be well,

 
Meryem
CEC13 
 
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