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  

 STRATEGIC PLAN FOR EXCELLENCE THROUGH RACIAL EQUITY_final.pdf 
 PLAN ESTRATEGICO DE EXCELENCIA A TRAVES DE LA EQUIDAD RACIAL 1.pdf 

The Action Plan for Excellence through Racial Equity is aligned to the strategies in the Strategic Plan for Excellence through Racial Equity. The Action Plan for Excellence through Racial Equity has three components: the framework (based on the strategies), the execution (the work to be done), and the implementation which includes delivery, metrics, and measurement. 

 Action Plan for Excellence Through Racial Equity.pdf 

The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Innovation produces progress reports. These reports include but are not limited to overall accomplishments, next steps, a reporting summary, and a detailed report.  

 June - EOY Summary.pdf 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

New York State School Boards Association Conference

Institutional Racism: Raising awareness and meeting the needs of all students 

Panelists:

Karen Hughes, Former Board President/Current Board Member, Nyack Public Schools

Dr. James Montesano, Superintendent, Nyack Public Schools

Dr. Anael Alston, Asst. Commissioner, Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement, New York State Education Department

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/viewRecording/9080796575944976910/217885133091902471/aconnally@nyackschools.org?registrantKey=2385340310102913808&type=ATTENDEEEMAILRECORDINGLINKOpens in a new browser tab

Director of Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Dr.Connally

 

Dr. Alexandria Connally 

Office: (845) 353-7016

Aconnally@nyackschools.org 

Sharing Our Work #NyackStrong

Hispanic, Latino and Latinx: 'Complicated, but it's evolving'

Article of Interest

Pay BIPOC Educators for Their DEI Labor

Volunteer-based DEI teams often recreate the inequities they are designed to address. Here is how to do better.
 

The Pillars in Action

PILLAR I - CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE WORKFORCE

By “cultural responsiveness,” Nyack Public Schools means “the knowledge, beliefs, skills, attitudes, and practices that allow individuals to form relationships and create learning environments that support academic achievement and personal development of learners from diverse racial and cultural groups.”

This year Nyack Public School partnered with other school districts in Rockland County to host a Diversity Job Fair. 

 Rockland Diversity Job Fair 002.pdf 

 

PILLAR II - CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

In order for the District to achieve excellence through equity, we must provide all students with rigorous, culturally responsive, and engaging learning environments that accelerate their academic achievement and personal growth.

Starting a Virtual Ambassador

Program at Your School

A team made up of 5th-grade students. These exclusive students are the “face, voice, and role model” of the student body. Ambassadors are able to share ideas with the advisors and principal regarding school-related topics such as school activities.

The Role- Ambassadors help share students' ideas, interests, and concerns with advisors and school principals. The Ambassadors are responsible to assist students virtually or in the school or (when needed). Ambassadors will be able to provide emotional support to students (depending on the situation and approved by supervising staff and principal).  They will be included in helping develop social events, community projects, helping people in need, and school reform.

 Starting a Virtual Ambassador Program at Your School.pdf 

 

PILLAR III - CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

PILLAR III CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT  

Family Engagement NMS Equity Plan FINAL 2021 2 003.pdf 

If the District is to achieve excellence through racial equity, our BOE, administration and

staff must reach beyond the hallways and classrooms of our schools to engage all families

and stakeholders; to organize cross-sectors in collaboration, and ultimately to build bridges

between our schools and beloved community that uphold anti-racist beliefs, protocols,

practices and policies for the benefit of all children.

PILLAR IV - CULTURAL & ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

In order for the District to achieve excellence through racial equity, our system must undergo a cultural and organizational transformation to build a culture of inclusion that actively challenges institutional racism. The Board of Education and Administrative Leadership Team must actively examine and dismantle systemic policies, programs, and practices that serve to perpetuate racial achievement disparities.

0105 Excellence Through Racial Equity.pdf  

0105-R Excellence Through Racial Equity Regulation.pdf  

0105-E EQUITY POLICY CHECKLIST.pdf 

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

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    Nyack High School
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    Valley Cottage School
  • "A" Day

    Nyack Middle School
  • B Day

    Nyack High School
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