NYCoRE Receives Border Crossers Community Partner Award


We are proud to announce that NYCoRE has been named the recipient of the Border Crossers 2014 Community Partner Award! We hope you will join us in accepting this honor at the Border Crossers’ Springtime Gala on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:30-9:30pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo.

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The Springtime Gala is Border Crossers’ largest annual event, designed to celebrate a successful year and raise crucial funds for the upcoming year of programs! This year the event will be held at the historic Housing Works Bookstore and feature musical guest Jacob SS and interactive design group, Collective Story. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, open bar and raffle drawings as well!

Border Crossers is an education equity nonprofit that trains and equips educators to be leaders of racial justice in their schools and communities. They believe that if educators are prepared to have meaningful conversations about identity and equity, students will be able interrupt patterns of racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society.

The Border Crossers Awards were created in 2010 to honor the work of individuals and organizations working for racial justice in schools. Past recipients include Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dr. Sherrick Hughes, Dr. Jane Bolgatz, The Forum Project, RIISE, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. and Zenaida Muslin. Through these awards,Border Crossers’ seeks to recognize leaders in the field as well as create a legacy of activists making change in our city.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit bcgala2014.eventbrite.com.

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2014 NYCoRE Conference Keynote Video

2014 Conference Keynote Address

4th Grader Asean Johnson and his mother Shoneice Reynolds moderated by Ama Codjoe.

Part 2 of the Conference Opening: Intro’s, Urban Word Poet and Peace Poets

Thanks Norm Scott for videotaping this and every year!

Shoneice Reynolds is a mother of two young men: Krisean, a sophomore at Urban Prep Charter, and Asean, a 4th grader at Marcus Garvey in Chicago. Shoneice stared her activism in 2012 with the CTU Strike. She participated as a union member and a parent, along with her then 9-year old son, Asean Johnson. Their passion for public education grew in January 2013 when Chicago Public Schools announced the proposed closing of over 100 public elementary schools, including Asean’s school, Marcus Garvey. Shoneice and Asean became involved in the Save Marcus Garvey School Campaign. They started a petition, letter drives to elected officials, community rallies, and other events to get the community involved. Shoneice and Asean gained national attention when Asean delivered a heartfelt, impromptu speech to save his school. After all the community efforts, Marcus Garvey was saved from closing!

Shoneice and Asean continue to be a national voice for parents and students in education and have been featured in several documentaries and interviewed widely. They continue to fight against education reform, high stake testing, unequal funding, racial inequalities, and lack of teacher-parent-student voice. Shoneice encourages parents and students to hold elected officials responsible for the disinvestment in public education. She is an active member of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), C.O.R.E, and newly founded Badass Moms (BAM).

Ama Codjoe is an educator and emerging poet with roots in Memphis and Accra. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Her work has been published in the Tidal Basin Review, on the Feminist Wire, and in Cave Canem Anthology XII. Ama lives and works in the Bronx, New York. She is the Lead Teaching Artist of the DreamYard ACTION Project, a social justice and arts program for high school youth and the Associate Director of Professional Development for the DreamYard Art Center. She has been a part of NYCoRE for seven years.

Spoken Word Performance by Urban Word Poet: Briannah Hagger is a 20- year-old poet from Queens. This Urban Word Poet has served as a youth board of directors and also a youth poet Ambassador. She’s been on the Apollo stage, New Amsterdam Theater and now Barclay’s. Hagger is majoring in Forensic Psychology at John Jay. Urban Word NYC provides FREE, safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round, and hosts the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam, NY Knicks Poetry Slam, local and national youth slams, festivals, reading series, open mics, and more. http://www.urbanwordnyc.org/uwnyc/

The Peace Poets are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Their art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega. Their style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. They hail from the Bronx and have been rocking the mic since 2005.



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