Welcome to the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Innovation

Nyack Public School's Strategic, Action Plan and Report For Excellence Through Racial Equity

  The Nyack Public Schools Strategic Plan for Excellence through Racial Equity is a systematic process of achieving equity in our school district. The primary focus of this document connects key areas: vision, mission, goal, background, statement of beliefs, milestones and focus areas. The focus areas are comprised of four pillars. 

Pillar I – Culturally Responsive Workforce

Pillar II – Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning

Pillar III – Culturally Responsive Family & Community Engagement

Pillar IV – Cultural & Organizational Transformation  





Celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month

April is National Deaf History Month


Watching a television program featuring deaf and hard-of-hearing characters changed this teacher’s perspective. She wants to pass it on to her students.

Director of Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Dr.Connally


Dr. Alexandria Connally 

Office: (845) 353-7016


Learning for Justice

Toolkit: The Foundations of Restorative Justice


School discipline and classroom management do not have to be based in compliance. Learn more about restorative practices in this companion piece to the feature article “It Was Always About Control.”

Arab American Heritage Month

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar

Congratulations to Ms. Lorenzo! She will be a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar and the program is sponsored by and will be held at the Schomburg Center of the NY Public Library. The name of the program is Harlem Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative. 



Resources and Data 

Nyack Public Schools Equity and Inclusion Resource Guides

These resource guides are designed to provide supportive materials to empower our staff and students.  The guides contain a comprehensive list of helpful resources such as articles, videos, grade level books, and the like. Our goal is to provide our building communities with tools that will educate and foster fruitful discussions as we continue to work towards eliminating institutional racism and engage in talks involving current events. Students need books that serve as both “mirrors and windows,” that reflect their own experience and give them insight into lives and experiences different from their own.  Educators play a crucial role in providing students with the language to speak openly about social inequities and discrimination. These guides provide teachers and families comprehensive lesson plans, talking points, and media to continue evolving as developing inclusive education is a journey that never ends.

 Resource Guide K - 5.pdf  Resource Guide 6-8.pdf  Resource Guide 9-12.pdf 

Upcoming Events

  • Gr.KG/Archunde/Gabrielson Walking Trip to Dee Maria's, 11am-12:15

    Valley Cottage School
  • B day

    Valley Cottage School
  • NYS Science Performance Testing

    Valley Cottage School
  • Kindergarten Screening 5/30, 5/31, 6/1, 6/2

    Valley Cottage School
  • New Kindergarten Screening

    Valley Cottage School
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The Research Says...

Pillar I - Workforce Development at UNES

Undoing Racism and Getting to the Root ask the question "Why are people poor?" During the UNES faculty meeting, we examined how systems impact communities specifically the educational system. 



Adultication Bias

Black Children Deserve to Be Children

Black girls are called “fast” and boys are seen as men. Both lose their innocence thanks to adultification bias.

We Are Nyack

Click here to learn more about the 7th - 8th Grade Family and Consumer Science Course. 


BOE Letter of Solidarity

The Nyack Union Free School District Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools,
Administration and staff stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ members of our school
community and extend love and support in the wake of Saturday’s violent attack in
Colorado Springs. 

Please see the letter in its entirety below.

11-22-22 BOE Letter of Solidarity.pdf