NYCoRE’s 20th Anniversary Year-Long Conference – Save the Dates

Dear NYCoRE Community, 

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
  • $5-$20 to register for an individual session

Send sliding-scale donations here via PayPal.

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!

Learning Sessions

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

Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom

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).

This virtual event will be on Friday, February 26th from 5-6:30 pm. RSVP here for the link.

NYCoRE 2021 Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs) are officially open for registration!

Educators will participate in Inquiry to Action Groups linking social justice issues with classroom practice.  Small groups will meet weekly (for a total of six, two-hour sessions plus a kick-off ) between January and March to share experiences, respond to readings, exchange ideas and develop action plans. 

Read more about the ItAGs offered this year! All ItAGs will be remote. Register here:  https://bit.ly/37SluJg

** NYCoRE strives to make ItAGs affordable with a registration fee of $35. If you are unable to pay the full fee, there are limited scholarship funds available. Please email Natalia@nycore.org for more details. **

Radical Visions: Educators as School Abolitionists

What is abolition? What is school abolition? These terms have been thrown around a lot recently, but what do they actually mean? In “Radical Visions: Educators as School Abolitionists,” we will work together to create a space where we can 1) develop working definitions of abolition and school abolition 2) connect these definitions to our identities and relationships to privilege and oppression 3) identify practices in our institutions that we want to abolish and grow 4) support one another in doing abolitionist work. As facilitators, we commit to cultivating a space where harm can be addressed and we all have opportunities to reflect through multimedia texts, writing personal memoirs, and engaging our creativity.

Facilitators:

Pam Segura (she/her) is an Afro-Latinx teacher and facilitator who lives and works in the Bronx. She is interested in abolition in the public school context because she seeks points of action and peace in these weird places we know as schools.

Jenna Queenan (she/her) is a White educator and PhD student in Urban Education at CUNY. Having recently left the DOE and entered a new institution (CUNY), she is excited to think about the questions abolitionist educators should be asking across institutions. In particular, she wants to think about how identity impacts which questions need to be centered.  

Dates: Tuesdays, 5-7 pm. Kick off on 1/29; sessions following on 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9 & 3/16

This ItAG will hold 15 participants and seek to have at a minimum 50% of the group identify as BIPOC.

Envisioning Democracy in Schools: The Roots of Resistance for Community Control of Schools

This ItAG will collectively define democracy and what it means to have democracy in schools and education through a Marxist lens. We will explore the history of community control of schools and the fight for democracy in New York City schools. We will also examine the different models of democracy in the workplace, specifically schools. We will work towards an action to promote more democratic practices in schools. Participants and facilitators will collectively shape the direction and focus of this action.

This ItAG is open to a wide range of school staff, including but not limited to educators, RJ coordinators, guidance counselors, parent coordinators, and parents, and students.

Facilitators:

Jonathan Montero is a founding English teacher at the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE). Now in his eighth year of teaching, he leads the English Department in their efforts to center equity in their grading practices and uses Mastery based grading as a tool in that endeavor.

Rosie Frascella has been teaching in NYC for 14 years and the last 12 years at the International High School at Prospect Heights as a humanities teacher and UFT chapter leader. Rosie a core member of NYCoRE and a member of MORE.

Dates: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm. Kick off 1/29; sessions following 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10 & 3/17

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ItAG Kick Off Meeting: A general kick-off meeting for all ItAG participants will be held Friday, January 29th, 5:30– 7:00 p.m.

Registration: The registration fee is $35. This will cover the cost of materials and support NYCoRE’s ongoing work. Multiple teachers from the same school can register together for the same ItAG for a reduced rate of $30 each. Reduced rates available for students/pre-service teachers. Questions about need-based scholarships should be directed Natalia@nycore.org. Registration closes on Thursday, Jan. 28th at 3 pm.