• Cultivating Equity and Belonging: Understanding the NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework

    Our district is committed to fostering a learning environment that embraces diversity, promotes equity, and celebrates the unique identities of all our students. We are proud to align ourselves with the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework, a powerful vision for creating student-centered spaces that empower every child to thrive.

    What is Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education?

    Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education is grounded in a cultural view of learning and human development in which multiple expressions of diversity (e.g., race, social class, gender, language, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ability) are recognized and regarded as assets for teaching and learning. 

    Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

    • is based on decades of research in asset-based pedagogies
    • explores the relationship between historical and contemporary conditions of inequality and ideas that shape access, participation, and outcomes for learners
    • counters dominant narratives about difference as deficits or as characteristics of students and families that should be remediated or assimilated Educators using this approach
    • believe all families’ cultural capital, or knowledge, abilities, and networks, can, and should, be leveraged in classrooms
    • work to encourage cultural pluralism and not cultural assimilation
    • embrace home and youth culture 

    Learn more about NYS initiative toward CR-S Education

    What is the NYSED CR-S Framework?
    The CR-S Framework is a comprehensive guide for K-12 all stakeholders: educators, administrators, board of education trustees, students, and caregivers to build culturally responsive and sustaining practices within their schools. It outlines five key areas of focus all to increase student achievement and success:

    1. Affirming Cultural Identities: Recognizing and valuing the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of all students.
    2. Preparing for Rigor and Independent Learning: Equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities to succeed in academic pursuits.
    3. Connecting Across Lines of Difference: Cultivating empathy, understanding, and collaboration among students from all backgrounds.
    4. Elevating Historically Marginalized Voices: Amplifying the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups in curriculum, instruction, and school culture.
    5. Empowering Students as Agents of Social Change: Fostering a sense of agency and responsibility in students to advocate for themselves and their communities.


    Read more about the 4 Principles of the Framework Here

    The NYSED CR-S Roadmap: Phase 1





    The CR-S Roadmap provides a phased approach to implementing the framework. Phase 1, the Foundation Stage, focuses on building awareness, knowledge, and commitment to culturally responsive practices. In our district, this translates to:

    • Professional development for all educators: Equipping our teachers and staff with the understanding and skills necessary to implement CR-S principles in their classrooms and interactions with students.
    • Curriculum audit and revision: Examining our curriculum materials and learning experiences to ensure they reflect diverse perspectives, histories, and contributions.
    • Data analysis and disaggregation: Analyzing student data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and other factors to identify any achievement gaps or inequities.
    • Community engagement: Building partnerships with families and community members to ensure their voices are heard and reflected in our school culture.

    We are currently still working on Phase 1 of implementation Building Cultural Competency of all stakeholders.  Our district is deeply committed to providing an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic background, ability, or any other factor.

    Aligning with Our Guiding Pillars:

    Our commitment to CR-S education directly aligns with our district's Guiding Pillars:

    • Academic Excellence: By creating culturally relevant learning environments, we can engage students more deeply in the curriculum and empower them to reach their full academic potential.
    • Success for Every Student: By understanding and addressing individual needs and strengths, we can ensure that all students experience success, not just through traditional academic measures but also through social-emotional well-being and global citizenship.
    • Passionate Learners: By fostering a sense of belonging and cultural affirmation, we can ignite students' passion for learning and encourage them to explore their interests and curiosities.
    • Global Citizens: By preparing students to understand and appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives, we can empower them to engage in their communities and contribute to a more just and equitable world.
  • A Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Closing Achievement Gaps

  • A Mosaic of Identities, Woven with Respect

  • Equity - Leveling the Playing Field for Success

  • Connecting Across Differences - Building Bridges of Understanding

  • Elevating Marginalized Voices - Amplifying the Unheard

  • Empowering Agents of Change - Preparing Students for a Just World

  • A Journey, Not a Destination