Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In line with the NYC Department of Education’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education strategy, our vision for DEI states that we will work intentionally to openly and directly address and be mindful of matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion in interactions across stakeholders. We will acknowledge the power that we hold as individuals and seek to understand how that impacts our work. Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, experience, other social identities and understanding the intersectionality between various identities drives us forward every day. This vision will support our leaders and staff in: using teaching methods that are challenging, but honor students’ diversity, employing staff with high expectations for all students, who are able to examine their own personal beliefs around identity, while giving professional learning and support, and building strong connections with students.
OUR COMMITMENT TO ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION
Public Prep is committed to our vision as an actively anti-racist organization. The Public Prep family stand in solidarity with those determined to end systemic racism and recommit to examining—with humility and diligence—how our own practices and agency can continue to be a force of change. While we may come to this work from different places, we work intentionally to move together in the same direction on behalf of our scholars. In service of our vision to cultivate a community of actively anti-racist educators, we take care in incorporating culturally responsive teaching practices for supporting the growth and development of all scholars.
This work requires:
- That we commit to intentional inclusion of learners across race, gender, age, religion, identity, experience, and other social identities—and strive to understand how those identities connect and overlap.
- That even though we may come to this work from different places, we work intentionally to move together in the same direction on behalf of our scholars.
- That we understand our job is to light pathways that our scholars will follow. Keeping scholars motivated, curious, and proud with celebrations of their history, their culture, and their contributions to our community.
- Unwavering commitment to the promise and potential of every scholar and family.
- That we never, under any circumstance, give up on a scholar or their family.
- That we continue to examine our own beliefs and identities, as well as the ways in which our intersecting identities manifest for our scholars.
Below are resources that may be helpful to your family as you talk to your children about what is happening in our world.
PUBLIC PREP MESSAGES AND TOWN HALLS
Watch these video messages from our school community.
READ ALOUDS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE
Below you will find a sampling of read alouds for books on social justice that you can watch with your scholars.
- One By Kathryn Otoshi
- Brave Girl by Michelle Markel
- Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle
- Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
- Why Frogs and Snakes Never Play Together (Play) by Jeff Sapp
- Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott
- Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
- Something Happened One Day by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard
PUBLIC PREP IN THE MEDIA
Boys Prep Principal Dr. Khalek Kirkland was featured on News 12 Bronx Unrest in America segment.