MS 442 Diversity Team
In order to ensure the academic success of our students, MS 442 has established a Diversity Team that will meet the needs of our students by closing opportunity gaps, addressing the systemic challenges of oppression and working with all community members. This work will continue to provide equitable and inclusive working and learning environments.
The definition of diversity includes: socio-economic, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, language, age, and religion.
We strive to advocate for equitable practices and systems within the school; anti-racism work (i.e, participation in anti-racism training, reading, and discussions to inform curriculum, pedagogy) and understanding among students and staff; inclusive classrooms with culturally-responsive curriculum and pedagogy. Working collaboratively with school staff to create pedagogy, activities and events that bring inclusivity for all our students and community.
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.
The MS 442 community 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. Teachers are participating in professional development, creating lessons and activities without bias and sharing resources to create an environment for all students to thrive.
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MS 442 Land Acknowledgement
Written by MS 442 6th Graders during their study of Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac
MS 442 acknowledges the Lenape Tribe who occupied the land before us. We recognize that New York City has the largest urban Native American population in the Unites States, and we understand that colonial settlers came and committed mass genocide, forced migration and slavery upon Native populations over 400 years ago. We fully accept the rightful owners of the land who knew the intimate details and information about the land before us, and are open to learning more and unmasking the truth.