Booker T. Washington Middle School has established an Equity Team whose goals include enhancing and improving efforts to ensure academic success by closing opportunity gaps and providing equitable and inclusive working and learning environments for all students, families, staff and communities. Additionally, it is intended that increase in diversity and equity and establishing these conversations will lead to tangible and intangible results such as increased cultural understanding and decreased discipline rates. The specific goals of the Equity Team will be determined by its committee so that we can determine the focus most appropriate for our school.
The NYC Department of Education has established the Equity and Excellence for All program with the intention of supporting diversity in New York City public schools. For the NYC Department of Education "Equity" means meeting every student where they are, and providing the support, resources, and high expectations for them to achieve at consistently high levels.
District 3 has asked that all schools create a distinct Equity Team comprised of parents, students, faculty and administration to begin the process of assessing what equity and diversity means for their school community and begin the process of establishing an open dialogue.
The definition of diversity includes: Socio-economic, Region, Disability, Gender, Race, Sexual Orientation, Language, Age, Religion.
The DOE is committed to creating and supporting learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City and with the belief that all students benefit from diverse and inclusive schools and classrooms.
Randee Johnson, teacher
Danielle Zipkin, teacher
Dr. Judy Scott-Clayton, parent
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
7 - 8:30 pm
2020-2021 Welcome Letter, September 2020
Equity Committee notes, November 2019
Data Summary Memo, February 2019
School Survey Summary Memo, February 2019
steering committee meeting minutes
NEWS and resources
ASIAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
The Asian American Association was founded by a cohort of students who were inspired by the growing sense of Asian activism during the winter of 2020.
If you’re interested in joining us for the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out the prospective member survey!
SHADES: A MULTICULTURAL AFFINITY GROUP
Do you identify as Black, African American, Latinx, Caribbean American, or a person of color?
Do you want to have a space to talk about topics relevant to our communities?
Fill out this Google Form to learn about Shades: A Multicultural Affinity Group.
CELEBRATING LATINX AND HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2020
Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 runs from September 15th through October 15th, recognizing and celebrating the contributions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean, as well as their impacts on American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month long celebration, always beginning on September 15th. September 15th marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16th and September 18th, respectively.
See the 2020 Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month resource list with videos, books, websites, and news articles compiled by the MS54 Equity Team.
MINNEAPOLIS AND POLICE BRUTALITY
We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other victims of white supremacy and police brutality in America. The Equity Steering Committee at MS 54 stands in solidarity with the protestors risking their lives to demand justice, accountability, and reform, and with the members of our MS54 school community - students, families, teachers, and staff - who bear the burdens of this moment especially, and too often on their own.
We’ve compiled a list of important reading, action steps, and other resources tuned to the moment, to help ground your response to these times.
On Friday, June 5th, the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility joined us for a facilitated discussion about the issues being experienced in our community and throughout the country. The following poems were part of the introduction to this event.
The Trough, by Judy Brown
Shoulders, by Naomi Shihab Nye
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN MONTH (MAY 2020)
Students in MS54's Asian American Association have created two videos:
#morethanamask CAMPAIGN VIDEO
We are #morethanamask. Founded by the Asian American Association at MS54 to raise awareness about health, safety, and discrimination. Please support our efforts and activism by reposting or creating your own post using our #morethanamask.
Follow @aaazn54 on Instagram for more ways to celebrate Asian heritage and more ways to support our activism.
ADDRESSING HATE IN THE ERA OF COVID-19 VIDEO