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
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.
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.
Hispanic Heritage Month
New York State School Boards Association Conference
Institutional Racism: Raising awareness and meeting the needs of all students
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
Director of Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Dr.Connally
Dr. Alexandria Connally
Office: (845) 353-7016
Sharing Our Work #NyackStrong
Article of Interest
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.
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.
PILLAR III - CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
PILLAR III CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
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.
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.
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"A" DayNyack Middle School
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Picture Day (PTA) Bring in your Order forms. Make up day is Friday, October 29th.Valley Cottage School
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