Roots That Never Die: Deepening NYU Metro Center’s Role In The Integration Movement

A group gathers at Tiimes Square to demand integration

By Matt Gonzales In 1981, NYU Metro Center established the Desegregation Assistance Center (known today in USDOE as the Equity Assistance Centers) to support the important mission outlined by the historic 1954 Supreme Court Decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, which outlawed segregated schools in America. In subsequent years, NYU Metro Center […]

NYU Metro Center Affirms Anti-Bias Education

multr-racial and multi-gender group of students sit and work in a classroom

Biases continue to outline the contours of American schooling, targeting intersectional identities while lingering in school policies and practices and hardening in the minds and imaginations of many educators. In spite of this, there is a rapidly spreading sentiment that training against bias is flawed, that a system that produces and maintains static racial disparities […]

Staying the Course: Predictable Challenges on the Path to Equity and Racial Justice

Crowd Giving a Standing Ovation

By Natalie McCabe Zwerger For folx who are committed to disrupting and dismantling inequity and racial injustice, there is nothing unfamiliar about the ways the work can be undermined, de-legitimized, and sabotaged. In fact, books have and likely will continue to be written about these challenges. The truth is though: if we can predict it, […]

The Roots of Equity and Transformation: Presenting the Mission, Vision, and Values of NYU Metro Center

Card depicting NYU Metro Center's Mission

By Paloma Garcia Following a two-year process, the team at NYU Metro Center revised its mission and vision and solidified five core values to guide its work. The revisions were not made by a few people within the organization, but rather engaged the entire NYU Metro Center family—16 units made up of close to 100 […]

Racism’s Hold on My Newborn Child

by Natalie McCabe Zwerger This blog was originally posted on the Everyday Race Blog by Center for Strategic Solution‘s (CSS) director, Natalie Zwerger. CSS is hosting their third annual Decolonizing Education Conference on June 7-8, 2019. At the end of last year, I gave birth to my first baby. V is smart, happy, and beautiful. […]

Journey Forward: The New York State’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework

table that represents the culturally-responsive-sustaining education model.

On Monday, January 14, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) marked its journey forward by presenting its Cultural Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework to the New York State Board of Regents. It was likely one of the most important steps in New York State education history. As some people know, NYU Metro Center is a leading […]

Why Is Public School Curriculum Still Whites Only?

Do an internet search for children’s books by or about people of color, and you will find dozens of lists with hundreds of books, including the 1,000 Black Girl Books compiled by 13-year old Marley Dias. In fact, if you search “children’s book author” together with any number of diverse ethnicities, in seconds you can […]

Articulating a Strength-Based Agenda of Advocacy for Young Immigrant Children and Families

What would it mean to view young immigrant children and their families through lenses of strength, courage, promise, and possibility, instead of deficit, need, risk, and remediation? What if we, as educators, administrators, curriculum developers, policymakers, researchers, and activists, conducted our work on behalf of and with immigrant children and families with creativity, curiosity, and […]

Unmasking the Linguistic Policing of Black and Brown Children in Today’s Schools: A Call to Action

Make no mistake: Black and Brown students are “stopped and frisked” relentlessly in schools for their linguistic and cultural identities.1 It is not hyperbole to assert that they are under linguistic surveillance. Many well-intentioned teachers in today’s schools enact pedagogies that dishonor Black and Brown students’ heritage languages, and I attribute this to an unflagging […]

City is Trying to Build a Seamless System for Autistic Kids

Back in the early 2000s, autistic children age 5-21 in New York City and elsewhere who were capable of grade level academic work were educated almost exclusively in segregated classrooms with other autistic children. Neighborhood public schools did not accept them – local schools didn’t have the resources, knowledge, training or expertise to meet these […]