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School Diversity Advisory Group (2019). The Grade : The Path to Real Integration and Equity for NYC Public School Students. NYC, New York : School Diversity Advisory Group.




In June 2017, as part of the Equity and Excellence for All: Diversity in New York City Public Schools plan, the DOE established a School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) to make formal policy recommendations to the Mayor and Chancellor. The report named three Co-chairs - José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation, Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference and Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the New School. The three co-chairs and two additional members - Amy Hsin, Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation - make up the group’s Executive Committee. The broader SDAG includes over 40 members, who bring a range of personal and professional perspectives to the group. Members include city government stakeholders, local and national experts on school diversity, parents, teachers, advocates, students, and other community leaders. The SDAG members were identified by the City and the Executive Committee and began meeting in December 2017. The SDAG met as a full group and in sub-committees to advance discussions and also engaged in public sessions in every borough. From December 2017, through the publication of this report, the SDAG and its subcommittees have collectively held nearly 40 meetings, including one day-long retreat, and town hall meetings with over 800 New Yorkers, to facilitate research and discussion of a number of key policy areas related to diversity. Upon its formation, the SDAG defined a set of shared principles to govern its work. These principles serve as the lens through which all recommendations, current and future, are filtered: • Diversity means something different in each community and recommendations should speak to that broad definition. • The Advisory group operates with respect, transparency and an inclusive process. • Advisory group recommendations will: increase equity, be based on research-supported approaches, seek to understand unintended consequences, and be based on what DOE can implement in the shortterm, with some longer-term recommendations. Decades of research has taught us that diverse, integrated schools offer academic and social benefits for all students. Researchers have identified three major advantages to integrated schools: (1) all students benefit when they can learn from classmates who have different life experiences to share, evidenced by higher academic outcomes, stronger critical thinking skills, and increased creativity; (2) all students benefit from reductions in prejudices and implicit biases and improved social-emotional well-being; and (3) all students benefit from experiences that prepare them for an increasingly diverse society. The SDAG’s recommendations first discuss DOE’s existing diversity plan and are then organized using the framework developed by students of IntegrateNYC, a youth-led organization that stands for integration and equity, called the 5Rs of Real Integration. The 5Rs is a collective impact framework to address the manifestations of segregation in public schools which speaks to a broader set of questions we need to ask ourselves when we look at whether our schools are diverse, equitable, and integrated. The 5Rs are: Race and Enrollment, Resources, Relationships, Restorative Justice & Practices, and Representation. Between now and the end of the school year, the SDAG will continue to meet to explore further recommendations based on community input and engagement, and continued analysis and research. We commit to releasing a subsequent report with additional recommendations on school screens, gifted and talented (G&T) programs, and school resources by the end of this school year.


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Université de Montréal
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