Partnering with NYU on Improving Equity

Alexander Wolff

Dear Pelham Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

As a follow-up to my recent email regarding the District's approach to Cultural Competence and furthering our work around equity and ending systemic racism, I am pleased to announce that the Pelham Public Schools is partnering with the NYU Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. This work will commence this summer with a research-based equity audit of our District focusing on our policies, practices and student outcomes, including a review of our Strategic Plan goals, Code of Conduct, disciplinary practices, academic programming and other areas critical to this work.

This summer, we will also hold three stakeholder-specific virtual forums that will be facilitated by a member of the NYU team as follows:

  • Alumni - Wednesday, July 22, 7pm | Register

  • Rising Secondary Students - Thursday, July 30, 7pm | Register

  • Parents/guardians - Tuesday, August 11, 7pm | Register

We believe that this partnership with a leading organization in the field of equity, specifically geared toward K-12 schools, will help the District identify and prioritize action steps. In the coming school year, we will continue to work with the organization to build our capacity to address issues of equity. Specific activities will include:

  • Providing foundational professional development/training to all staff to build cultural and racial literacy and an understanding of systemic racism, implicit bias, cultural responsiveness and humanizing education

  • Working with cohorts of middle and high school students to capture lived experiences and elevate student voice to help improve school climate

  • Building a "train the trainer" model to ensure that this work becomes a systemic part of the Pelham Public Schools culture. 

This new partnership, along with our continuing relationship with CampbellJones and Associates, will broaden and deepen our work to ensure that all students and staff feel welcome, safe and supported within our educational system.

To be sure, this work will take time and it will be extremely difficult, however we believe this partnership marks a strong step in building greater cultural competence for our district and supporting a positive and inclusive school environment for all students. 

Please visit the NYU Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools website for more information about the program. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Champ

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