Border Crossers’ is a NYC based organization whose mission is to equip New York City’s elementary school teachers to be leaders of racial justice in their schools and communities. Border Crossers believes that in order to be effective educators, teachers need tools for understanding the role of race and racism in schools and entering into meaningful conversations about diversity and equity with students from a young age. Border Crossers runs training that supports teachers in racial justice work and creating culturally-responsive, equitable learning environments that will better serve NYC’s diverse student population.
Community Roots staff have opportunity to join Border Crossers trainings around the City and work with this organization to create professional development specific for our staff.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
CRCS has forged an institutional partnership with BAM in order to enrich the lives of our students, foster relationships with our families through the bridge that BAM can provide in their arts residencies, and collaborate with a neighborhood institution that was thriving long before us. BAM’s goal is to provide to students the same caliber of groundbreaking, challenging work from around the world that it provides for adults. BAM believes that its arts education programs should inspire young audiences with curricula that address important artistic, social, and political issues. These residencies are designed to link educators, families, and teaching artists together through art mediums. The programs put in place support and enrich Community Roots’ curriculum, help build community, and support the sharing of different cultures.
The teaching artists that are in residence each school year teach African Dance. The teaching artists use a combination of their experience and expertise, Community Roots Exit Outcomes, and The Blueprint for the Arts to guide their instruction. Classroom teachers work as partners during workshops and therefore ensure that this time is an integral part of the Community Roots educational program.
Essex Street High School
We partner with Essex Street High School to engage high school seniors as interns during our Winter-Spring school semester. Students at Essex Street are assigned to our school and go through a volunteering training program and ongoing intern development meetings to reflect on their work and gain skills. The high school interns are assigned to various classrooms throughout the school and their work varies from assisting teachers with tasks to being a mentor and leader to the younger students in the classroom.
Fort Greene Park
Community Roots Charter School is a short walk from Fort Greene Park and our students spend time learning and playing there on a routine basis. It is located on a hill overlooking Wallabout Bay and downtown Brooklyn. Bounded by Myrtle Avenue, St. Edwards Street, DeKalb Avenue, and Washington Park (the continuation of Cumberland Avenue as it fronts the park), it is both a popular neighborhood park and a site of national importance. The thirty-acre park is home to tennis courts and playgrounds, and is host to events such as concerts, readings, and other civic gatherings. It is also the site of a Revolutionary War fort and a monument to Revolutionary War prisoners, who were held by the British aboard prison ships in Wallabout Bay. Today, a 148-foot column stands in the park commemorating these Prison Ship Martyrs. The monument is undergoing an extensive renovation, slated to be completed in fall ’07. In 1846, Walt Whitman, the celebrated poet and then editor of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was writing almost daily urging for a park in Brooklyn. As a result, Washington Park, later renamed Fort Greene Park, was established as Brooklyn’s first park in 1847.