Dear NYCoRE Community,

Today is a day of remembrance and reflection. NYCoRE was established in the wake of September 11th when a group of six public school teachers came together to make educators’ voices heard in the anti-war movement and to work against the military’s disproportionate recruitment of the working class youth and youth of color in our schools. A decade later, NYCoRE members continue to fight for a school system that promotes social justice. We hope that the resource attached here–created by members of the Interrupting Islamophobia Inquiry to Action Group (ItAG)– will prove useful as you continue to combat Islamophobia and work for peace and equality in your classrooms.




Resource: Interrupting Islamophobia Resources (click here)

New Teacher Underground Launches Summer Series with “What it Means to be a Teacher in New York City Right Now”

By Hilary Lustick, Organizer

Flushed with pride in new teachers and old, the New Teacher Underground launched our summer series on Thursday, July 14.  Organizers gathered with about 20 teachers in the intimate downstairs (aka “underground”) of Lower East Side’s Lolita Bar to learn the history of education in New York City and talk about how our experiences fit into that history.  Teachers reached across generations, certification programs, and subject areas to talk about what they had in common: the intricacies of managing a classroom, working for a system we don’t support, and meeting the demands of an increasingly high-stakes testing, charter-saturated city administration.  Julie Cavanaugh, a teacher, teacher activist, and co-producer of “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman”, volunteered her time to walk us through a century’s worth of New York Education History that both began and ended with mayoral control over the public schools.  Not much has changed—including the ability of teachers to take learning into our own hands.

Sessions will continue every Thursday through September 1, 2011.  For more information, please check us out on Facebook at and remember to Like us!

New Teacher Underground

Sponsored by the new teacher/alt cert action group of NYCoRE, the New Teacher Underground is a social space for new and alternatively certified teachers to find support and dissect the current realities of education in New York City.

We will be meeting every Thursday all summer long. While we hope to target the needs of newer teachers, with a particular focus on those in alternative certification programs, all are welcome to join us.

5-7pm Thursdays starting July 14th
Lolita Bar, 266 Broome Street
B/D to Grand, F to Delancey, J/M/Z to Essex

Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested, and feel free to contact us at

July 14th: What it Means to be a Teacher in New York City Right Now
Developing a people’s history of the New York City public schools

July 21st: Privilege, Power and Public Schools
Unpacking the concept of the “achievement gap” by addressing privilege and power in our school system and in our classrooms

July 28th: The Meaning of Alternative Certification
What are the histories of Teach for America and the New York City Teaching Fellows programs? What role do they play in today’s education climate?

August 4th: Welcome to Teaching
Understanding mayoral control, high-stakes testing, privatization and other top-down policies that impact our classrooms

August 11th: Your Union and Social Justice Unionism
What do teacher protections like tenure and contracts mean for us and for our students? How does the UFT organize us and what more should it do?

August 18th: The so-called “No Excuses” Classroom
…and other educational jargon in your teacher training reading material. What do “accountability” and “data” really mean to our work?

August 25th: Anti-Racist Classrooms & Anti-Racist Curriculum
How to circumvent institutional racism in schools and develop culturally relevant curriculum that connects students to the world outside the classroom

September 1st: First Days…
How can you really prepare? What is most important? What strengths will you bring to the classroom? What is your teaching core?