We are excited to kick this year off with a very special announcement: NYCoRE is 20 years old! And to celebrate 20 years of grassroots organizing, movement building, and justice seeking, we will be celebrating with a year-long conference. In lieu of our traditional day-long conference in March, we will host one learning session every month, centering one or two Points of Unity (POU) and highlighting our history and work alongside our comrades. We also hope to use this year to revise and update our Points of Unity in community.
Most sessions will be held virtually (now, you won’t have to miss a single conference session!), but please stay tuned for updates on small in-person meet-ups to process and discuss the sessions further. We have attached a calendar of our events so you can share it with your community.
To help make this year-long conference happen, we invite you to make a sliding scale donation to NYCoRE. No one will be denied access to an event for lack of funds, but if you are able to donate, we suggest:
$40-$150 to register for the entire year of events
Our first virtual university session will be a panel with some of NYCoRE’s original members on September 10, please RSVP here. And our first in-person event will be a dance party on September 17th at Mayday Space in Brooklyn. We hope to see you there!
The struggle does not end when the school bell rings!
Friday, September 10th The Power of This Organizing Space: A History of NYCoRE POU 1. We have a responsibility to address racism and neoliberalism as it impacts our students, our profession, and public education as a whole. POU 4. We oppose the militarization of education.
Friday, September 17th NYCoRE 20th Anniversary Dance Party
Thursday, October 14th Schools as Part of Community and Critical Thinking POU 7. Schools should be places of questioning and critical thinking. POU 8. We believe schools are part of their communities.
Friday, November 12th Standardized Testing and Radical Possibilities POU 2. We believe there are positive alternatives to high stakes, standardized testing.
Thursday, December 9th Budget and School Funding POU 5. We believe school funding policies should ensure equitable resources for all.
January – March: ItAG Season There will be Inquiry to Action Groups that address the following POUs: POU 3. We believe in restorative justice as an alternative to punitive disciplinary measures. POU 6. Schools must be safe spaces for everyone, regardless of how they identify or are perceived. POU 9. We believe all students deserve an environment where they can flourish.
Friday, March 25th Social Justice Unions POU 10. We believe in the power of labor unions as a vehicle for social change.
Friday, April 8th Reflecting and Looking Forward POU 11: In order to combat economic, social, and political systems that actively silence people of Color and women, NYCoRE is committed to being an antiracist, antisexist organization. We maintain a majority of women and people of Color representation in our leadership and strive to do the same in our membership.
Thursday, May 14th Point of Unity Assemblies
Friday, June 24th End-of-Year NYCoRE Performance Space
Join NYCoRE as we celebrate Dr. Bree Picower’s new book, Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom. The event will center around a conversation between NYCoRE founder, Dr. Ariana Mangual and former long-time core member Dr. Bree Picower.
Dr. Bree Picower is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University in the College of Education and Human Development. She is the Co-Director of the Urban Teacher Residency, Newark Teacher Project and the Critical Urban Education Speaker Series with Dr. Tanya Maloney at MSU. Her newest book, Reading, Writing and Racism, is an unflinching examination of recent examples of viral racist curriculum and what it means for our educational institutions to take responsibility for addressing teachers’ understandings of race.
Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa is an Associate Professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her ethnographic research seeks to understand the ways in which the lives of children and adults in mixed-status families are shaped by citizenship status. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in public schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn and worked to co-found the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE).