Empower New York students with culturally responsive teachers!

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We live in one of the most diverse states in the world, but this diversity is not reflected in school curricula. Every year, thousands of teachers enter their classrooms unprepared to respond to the diverse experiences and cultural backgrounds of their students. In the end, many students do not have a culturally responsive education.

This gap is where we believe students need culturally responsive teaching (CRT). Culturally responsive teachers affirm and engage with their students' multi-dimensional identities. Culturally responsive teachers incorporate the diverse experiences and backgrounds of their students into their lessons, promote critical thinking, and empower students to lead the changes they aspire to see in their communities.

CRT is important because...

  • Students are provided with the skills necessary to think critically about society and activated to seek civic ways to make changes in their community.
  • Students' identities and experiences are incorporated through all aspects of their education.
  • Teachers are able to build meaningful relationships with students and parents because they understand, honor and respect the diverse experiences and identities of their students and parents.
  • All students have an opportunity to learn about the accomplishments of people from various backgrounds.

To open the door for New York students to have culturally responsive teachers, the New York State Legislature needs to pass State Assembly Bill Number A4710 sponsored by Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez (D). This bill mandates the Department of Education to:

  • Offer professional development in culturally responsive teaching four times a year. This development includes teacher training on understanding and responding to the different experiences of students & parents, developing culturally responsive lesson plans & undoing implicit bias
  • Put these professional development opportunities on its website

We believe the following Priority Supporters can make this bill a reality:

  1. Robert Rodriguez, Bill Assembly Sponsor
  2. Carl Heastie, Speaker of the Assembly
  3. Cathy Nolan, Assembly Member & Ed. Chair
  4. Joseph Addabo, Senator on Ed. Committee
  5. Jesse Hamilton, Senator on Ed. Committee
  6. Jeffrey Klein, Senate Coalition Leader & IDC Leader
  7. John J. Flanagan, Temporary President & Majority Leader of the Senate
  8. Marcos Crespo, Chair of the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force
  9. N. Nick Perry, Chair of the Assembly Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus


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