(Diversity, Unity & Equity Team)
DUET will play a vital role in shaping a school culture that promotes an inclusive, diverse, and equitable learning environment. All MS 51 students should feel that they belong and that their experiences and perspectives matter. All MS 51 families are welcome and their voices count.
What are we working on?
If you have visited any MS 51 classrooms this year, you may have noticed our new ABCs of MS 51 graphic! Last year’s committee adapted these ABCs and hope they can serve as a touchstone for our committee and school community.
Achievement, because all students are up to the task and can grow
Belonging, because we affirm every child, their family and their community
Commitment, because it takes all of us working together to build an equitable community E
Welcome to MS 51’s DUET:
Diversity Unity & Equity Team!
We hold meetings monthly (see our meeting dates below) and all MS 51 community members are welcome to join at any time! We offer interpretation in Spanish and Mandarin.
We hold meetings monthly (see our meeting dates below) and all MS 51 community members are welcome to join at any time! If you need interpretation in Spanish and Mandarin, please let us know before the meeting by emailing us at DUET@k051.org!
2020-21 virtual meeting dates Tuesdays (time TBD) on 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25, and 6/22. (Our meetings usually last about an hour. ) Join us!
Our meeting norms Willingness to listen and assume good intent of others; speak up/step back. We are not debating set policy, we are focusing on next steps.
多元聯合公平小組（DUET）委員會使命和「成就歸屬承諾」ABCs）2019 年 7 月 9 日
多元聯合公平小組的使命：多元聯合公平小組將在營造一個促進包容、多元、公平學習環境的校 園文化這一方面發揮非常重要的作用。MS 51 全體學生應該有歸屬感，並覺得他們的經歷和觀點 是重要的。MS 51 所有家庭均受歡迎，他們的聲音很重要。
MS 51 的「成就歸屬承諾」：
MS 51 多元聯合公平小組製。歡迎所有人——加入我們吧！
Misión y principios del comité de DUET 9/jul/19 Misión de DUET:
DUET jugará un papel crucial en plasmar una cultura escolar que promueva un ambiente educativo inclusivo, diverso y equitativo. Todos los estudiantes de M.S. 51 deberán sentir que pertenecen y que sus experiencias y perspectivas son importantes. Todas las familias de M.S. 51 son bienvenidas y sus voces y opiniones cuentan.
Principios de M.S. 51:
Superación, porque todos los estudiantes están a la altura de las circunstancias y pueden desarrollarse.
Sentido de pertenencia, porque valoramos a cada niño, su familia y su comunidad.
Compromiso, porque se requiere el esfuerzo de todos, trabajando unidos para crear una comunidad equitativa.
Elaborado por el Equipo de diversidad, unidad y equidad de M.S. 51 (DUET). Sean todos bienvenidos. ¡Únanse a nosotros!
Resources & Suggested Reading/Viewing:
The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander, The New Yorker
From The Brooklyn North Leadership Team: NYC DOE has curated an initial list of resources for educators (Striving for Justice) and for parents and families (Together for Justice). The list of resources will continue to expand, please check back for updates.
KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives: Anti-Racist Resources for Children, Families, and Educators (See especially Jerry Craft, award-winning author of New Kid, MS 51’s One Book, One School pick this year: 1:44:30-1:47:10)
Overview of DUET’s past & ongoing projects:
DUET has met monthly as a group, usually sharing a video for discussion and discussing latest initiatives/ideas; we have had interpretation for Spanish speakers at each meeting & had a Mandarin interpreter for a couple meetings
MS 51 communications from admin/parent coordinator have been sent out in English, Spanish & Chinese; Parent Coordinator/Co-Chair Julia Castro has managed this with a team of volunteers in addition to DOE translation services
We collaboratively wrote "The ABCs of MS 51" (based on Sayde Campoamor's ABCs) & posted these in every classroom & throughout the school:
Achievement, because all students are up to the task and can grow
Belonging, because we affirm every child, their family, and their community
Commitment, because it takes all of us working together to build an equitable community
We launched an annual "One Book, One School" project with the Newbery Medal-winning graphic novel "New Kid" by Jerry Craft as the first book. Every student at MS 51 received a copy of the book and had a chance to read, discuss and do a project based on this book about a Black middle school student who enrolls in a majority white, wealthy private school. We wrapped up the project with a visit from author Jerry Craft who did a presentation to each grade. Next year, we have selected another graphic novel to read that will engage students and give us lots of opportunity for discussion regarding cultural and racial identity. Ms. Ahart has already lined up a (virtual) visit from the author.
We connected MS 51 with Roots ConnectED to help develop MS 51's advisory programming and co-chairs Julia Castro & Meema Spadola attended their family engagement workshop
We brought in NYU Metro Center to do a (free) professional development session with ELA team to review curriculum and classroom library with their Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard with an eye towards increasing CR materials
We connected MS 51 staff with (free) ongoing PD with NYU Metro Center's CCER (Critically Conscious Educators Rising) series
As the white co-chair of DUET, Meema Spadola attended NYU Metro Center's "From Integration to Antiracism: How We Show Up as White Parents" series (from Jan-June 2020) and is continuing this summer with their book group "Me & White Supremacy" by Layla Saad.
Co-chair Meema Spadola participated in the monthly D15 Equity Congress that gathered equity team members from D15 schools to discuss best practices and learn from one another
We held a Spanish-language meeting where admin had a chance to speak with and hear from Spanish speaking parents; our second Spanish-language meeting and a Mandarin-language meeting were cancelled due to the pandemic shut down. We hope to continue these meetings in SY 2020-21.
Continued informal student affinity groups, led by different staff members
Continuing to explore ways to elevate student voice around equity, including a proposed storytelling project for students.
Hosted the Continuum Project in conjunction with Ancestry.com. This is an annual project that engages African American students at MS 51 in an after school program and culminates in a presentation for family and friends where their DNA test results are revealed.
In collaboration with the PA, launched a "Family Engagement" series of talks, including topics like What is a Culturally Responsive Classroom
With administration, explored questions of equity related to issues like overnight school trips, gym uniforms, etc.