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Letter from Superintendent CarreonAmbert

posted Jun 15, 2020, 8:58 AM by Felicia Ippolito
June 12, 2020

To Our District 27 Community,

We were saddened to hear about the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our District 27 Community certainly feels this pain,
sadness, anger, frustration and anxiety.

District 27 has always been a wonderful mosaic of our immigrant families
standing side by side, creating the diversity that defines our District. As someone
who was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States as a child,
I have experienced racism first-hand. Over forty years later, it is disappointing
and unfortunate that we are faced with these challenges in 2020. We are
disheartened by the racism, bias, inequity, and social injustice that still exists in
our country.

As a District community, we will continue to become an even stronger family
and community by fostering an environment where respect for all remains a
priority and core value. We will continue to seek ways to support the
social-emotional, physical health and wellness of everyone in our community,
while continuing to make a positive difference. We will continue to emphasize
values of respect, integrity, tolerance, and understanding.

Our hope is to be collaborative and intentional in our efforts to create school
communities whereby one's race, creed, gender, or place of origin do not inhibit
them from receiving a high-quality education that prepares them for college
and career. We seek your partnership to foster respect for all within our children,
our schools and within our diverse neighborhoods. It is a time filled with anxiety,
fear, and uncertainty so it behooves all of us to celebrate and honor what makes
each of us unique. We need to rely on one another to stay focused on our efforts
to ensure a safe and secure environment for all students and families.

During the 2019-2020 school year, we began implementing district-wide training
on Glenn Singleton’s Courageous Conversations About Race (CCAR) protocol
and on understanding Implicit Bias, supported by NYCDOE’s Office of Equity and
Access (OEA). We are committed to ensuring that each school leader is
equipped with the skill sets that enable them to develop their staff’s
capacity to embed an anti-racist mindset in their school’s culture. This Spring,
each of our schools launched an Equity Team to understand the historical
context of educational inequities, support culturally diverse student identities,
and ultimately develop a school-wide plan to address student, staff and parent
engagement. These teams are comprised of key stakeholders, varying in their
roles and responsibilities. As a district, we are working in partnership with our
NYCDOE partners, including OEA and our Borough Office.

We need your support so that we can educate all of our students around
tolerance, respect and anti-racism.

If you are looking for more resources on antiracism and social justice, please
review the collections Chancellor Carranza shared last week. They are living
libraries which will continue to expand:

We will also include resources on our District 27 website: www.district27nyc.org

Lastly, we encourage you to speak with your school's Parent Coordinator and
Principal to find out about ways to support in this effort across all of our schools.


Jennifer CarreónAmbert 
Community Superintendent