Teaching Artist

The Center for Urban Pedagogy

In the summer of 2017, I collaborated with CUP and a group of students from the Red Hook Community Justice Center to peel back the layers on school segregation.

According to a 2014 report by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, New York City’s schools continue to be among the most segregated in the nation. How does a diverse city still have such segregated schools?

To investigate, students got out of the classroom and into the politics of education to speak with people invested in the future of NYC’s public high schools, from students and parents to educators and policy makers. Students created The Public School Avengers to teach others about school choice, the impact decisions make on a student’s future, and how you can get involved.

Students debuted their project at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, where they presented their booklet, demonstrated their interview skills, and shared their creative process.

You can get a booklet here!

In 2018 I collaborated with students from the Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (KAPPA) to dig deep into the New York City Department of Education’s School Discipline Code and how it impacts students and their families. To investigate, students got out of the classroom to survey their school community on student rights and responsibilities, and interview key DOE staff on school safety. Students debuted the newspaper they created and shared their creative process at the 2018 KAPPA Awards Ceremony.

You can get the newspaper here!