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Welcome to the PCFP Service-learning Community Resource Page



Local organizations by borough:


The Bronx  ---- Brooklyn ---- Manhattan ---- Queens


Organizations

Service in Schools

A joint partnership of the NYC Department of Education and NYC Service, Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning experiences that enable them to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking to affect positive change in their communities and the world.

Service in Schools aims to offer a range of resources for schools to empower students, as well as recognize and help schools sustain outstanding service and service-learning programs. Visit the Service in Schools web site to find upcoming grants, trainings, and resources to help schools develop community service and service-learning opportunities for students.  

Anti-Racist Alliance 

The Anti-Racist Alliance is a movement to undo structural racism. We are an organizing collective of human service practitioners and educators whose vision is to bring a clear and deliberate anti-racist structural power analysis to social service education and practice.

Services Available:

- Trainings (Some for a fee, some free of charge)

-Workshops (Some for a fee, some free of charge)

- Discussions (Free of charge)

- Anti-Racist organizing groups (Free of charge) 


Brecht Forum

The BRECHT FORUM is a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first. Through its programs and events, the Brecht Forum brings people together across social and cultural boundaries and artistic and academic disciplines to promote critical analysis, creative thinking, collaborative projects and networking in an independent community-level environment.

Throughout the year, the Brecht Forum offers a wide-ranging program of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes. These activities are developed in collaboration with the many social movements and the diverse communities of this most cosmopolitan of cities, and our programs bring together leading intellectuals, activists and artists from New York, across the U.S., and internationally.

Services Available:

- Popular Education Workshops (For a fee)

- Public Lectures (For a fee)

- Seminars (For a fee)

- Art Exhibitions (For a fee)

- Performances (For a fee)

Concern Worldwide 

Global Concerns Classroom works in collaboration with educators and students to bring international humanitarian issues into the classroom. Global Concerns Classroom connects students to the international community and creates meaningful opportunities for research, reflection, and action. All program participation is free-of-charge.

Services Available:

- Classroom resources (Free of charge)

- Presentations and Guest Speakers in the New York City area (Free ofcharge)

- Personalized curriculum design support (Free of charge)

- Educator workshops (Free of charge)

- In-class interactive student workshops and after school activities (Free of

  charge)

Day One
Day One partners with New York City youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development.  Serving the five boroughs of New York City, Day One uses an empowerment model that invests and involves young people in maintaining safe relationships for themselves and their peers.

Services Available:

- Community Education (Free of charge)

- Workshops for youth (Free of charge)

Global Action Project

Global Action Project's mission is to work with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change.  Global Action Project engages youth in several programs in order to meet this goal:

Global Voices:

G.A.P., in collaboration with regional organizations, works in diverse areas of the world to produce videos. Our New York City youth producers assist as peer educators. These G.A.P. producers benefit from their interactions with international cultures, and from screenings and workshops, which highlight connections between global and local issues. Global Voices programs have taken place in Cuba, Croatia, Ghana, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Guatemala and the Middle East.

Urban Voices:

Urban Voices is a pre-professional video training program for High School-aged youth. A diverse team of youth, from throughout the 5 boroughs, produce documentaries, PSAs, and fictional narratives. They present their videos in screenings and workshops; and air them on their bi-weekly television show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Channel 35 every other Saturday at 3:30pm.

Teen Power:

Through a collaboration with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and I.S.143 in Washington Heights, middle school students produce thought-provoking peer education videos and PSAs on complex issues of gender, sexual health and sex education.

Youth Empowerment and Human Rights:

In collaboration with the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), students learn documentary and fictional video production in an after-school media program that builds on a Human Rights and Youth Empowerment elective.

The Documentary Project for Refugee Youth:

This collaborative media program is uniquely designed for refugee youth who are resettling in New York from war-torn countries such as Sierra Leone, Burundi, and Albania. Youth produce documentaries, narratives, and PSAs about the experiences and issues young refugees face in their new communities. They share their media in workshops using activities of their own creation.

Global Kids 

Global Kids' mission is to educate and inspire urban youth to become successful students, global citizens and community leaders by engaging them in academically rigorous, socially dynamic, content-rich learning experiences. Through leadership development, academic enrichment and digital media programs, Global Kids uses interactive, experiential methods to educate youth about critical international and public policy issues, and inspire them to take action. Global Kids' programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21st century workplace and participate in the democratic process.

Services Available:

Below is a list of organizations that may be helpful to you and your students as you plan and develop your service-learning projects.  The PCFP is more than happy to help you reach out to these or other organizations in order to arrange for project support (field trips, workshops, meetings, etc).  Think creatively as you review the capacities of these organizations; some may be willing and able to donate services or provide you with assistance that is not explicitly included in their "Services Available" section.  Also, don't forget that the PCFP offers grants to help support projects.  For more information, please see our Service-Learning Grants page.

- Professional Development (For a fee)

- Workshops for youth (For a fee)

- Workshops for individuals/educators (For a fee)

- Workshops for groups (For a fee)

KIDS Consortium

 KIDS (Kids Involved Doing Service-Learning) Consortium prepares young people to be active and responsible citizens by training and supporting educators, community organizations, and youth in best practices for service-learning. Through service-learning, K-12 students identify, research and address real community challenges, using knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Services Available:

- Professional Development Workshops (For a fee)

- Customized professional development workshops (For a fee)

- Database of Service-Learning project ideas by issue area and content 

  area -- see website (Free of charge)

Make the Road

Make the Road New York promotes economic justice, equity and opportunity for all New Yorkers through community and electoral organizing, strategic policy advocacy, leadership development, youth and adult education, and high quality legal and support services.

Services Available:

- Community Organizing

- Leadership Development

- Adult Education

- Youth Development

- Legal Support Services

- Policy Advocacy

Media That Matters

The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.

From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.

Every June, Media That Matters presents a new collection of twelve shorts.  The films stream online in their entirety, are broadcasted nationally, and are distributed on DVD to educators and activists. Media

Services Available:

- Assistance to individuals or groups (educators, youth, etc.) organizing film

  screening events (Support is free of charge, however, there is a small fee)

   for rights to screen the film depending on the venue).

- Access to all films online (Free of charge)

Mercy Corps Action Center

Creating a more just and peaceful world requires that today's youth develop the knowledge, perspectives and life-skills of responsible global citizens.

The Action Center provides school groups, educators, and youth with an interactive learning experience that deepens understanding of the challenges faced by people living in poverty and action opportunities to enable change.

The Education Team has developed a series of workshops, activities and lesson plans for the pre and post visit that can be used in all types of educational settings, including formal and non-formal organizations.

Services Available:

- Onsite workshops (Free of charge)

- Teacher Training (Free of charge)

- Interactive Web tools (Free of charge) 

- Access to lesson plans and activities (Free of charge)

- Opportunities for students to educate and mobilize their schools and

  communities to fight global poverty (Free of charge)

- Film Screenings (Suggested donation)

- Photo Exhibits (Suggested donation)

Roots & Shoots

Roots and Shoots seeks to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.  The Roots and Shoots model offers a simple, yet holistic approach to maximize youth engagement.  Kids are encouraged to develop projects that are driven by their interests and abilities.

Services Available:

- Networking and Sharing Fora (Free of charge)

- Project Planning Model (Free of charge)

- Ideas and Inspiration activities (Free of charge)

- Curricula

Student Press Initiative

The mission of Student Press Initiative (SPI) at Teachers College, Columbia University is to revolutionize education by advancing teacher leadership in reading and writing instruction. SPI is part professional development, part artist-collaboration, and part not-for-profit publisher.  SPI promotes a style of classroom publication that is deeply embedded in curriculum. SPI works in partnership with teachers and school communities to share ideas for how to better plan and produce all-inclusive learning experiences that culminate with students 'going public' with their learning.

SPI believes curriculum-based publications that grow from highly specified genre studies in the classroom not only democratize students' opportunities to publish, but also provide opportunities to link content-area reading and writing skill development with the excitement of real-world learning. Through publication, SPI raises the bar for what, how, and why students write. SPI pedagogy is rooted firmly in research, and inspired by the work of author-educators such as James Moffet, Peter Elbow, Ken Macrorie, Eliot Wigginton, and Ruth Vinz-'"a lineage of teachers who believe in the power of publication and the importance of student writing driven by an awareness of audience and purpose.

Services Available:

- Teaching-for-publication workshops and institutes at Teachers College,

   Columbia University (For a fee)

- Curricula (Some for a fee, some free of charge)

-  Onsite partnerships with New York City public school teachers

- Publishing and book production tools (Some for a fee, some free of

  charge)

-  A website that supports a growing community of teachers sharing ideas

   and curriculum (free of charge)

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Tanenbaum's mission is to create tools that help people of all beliefs to live, learn and work peacefully together in a spirit of true respect.  Tanenbaum confronts religious ignorance and violence head-on with results-oriented programs that reduce hatred and produce real change in the way people think and act.  Tanenbaum's education programs help create inclusive, inquisitive classrooms and students who are not afraid of difference.

Services Available:

- Teacher Training (For a fee)

- Curricula (For a fee)

- Online lesson plans, reading lists and reading recommendations (free of

  charge)

Teatro El Puente

Teatro El Puente is the first and longest running (since 1987) adolescent AIDS drama group in New York State.  The company's pieces are developed by the collective cast.  In addition to HIV/AIDS issues, their work focuses on developing skills in response to such ongoing life issues as relationships, conflict and violence, sexual health and other issues related to physical, mental, and social well-being of individuals as well as communities.  The strength of Teatro El Puente is its emphasis on young people empowering young people. This principle allows young people to feel freer to ask certain questions and to discuss certain issues of concern that they may feel uncomfortable to address with people significantly older than them. All workshops are participatory and include an original performance created by Teatro El Puente to fit the individual theme of the workshop. Teatro El Puente is available to perform and conduct workshops at conferences, high schools, health fairs, community centers and shelters anywhere in the Metropolitan area.  Please see website for details.

Services Available:

- In-class Workshops: HIV/AIDS, STDs/STIs, Domestic Abuse (free of

  charge)

Urban Word

Founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves, Urban Word NYC-, (UW) has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, journalism, college prep, literature and hip-hop. UW provides FREE, safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round, and hosts the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam, NY Knicks Poetry Slam, local and national youth slams, festivals, reading series, open mics, and more. UW works directly with 15,000 teens per year in New York City alone, and as a steering committee member of the National Youth Spoken Word Coalition, has partner programs in 45 cities. UW also has a vigorous community educator and teacher training series which links inquiry-based classroom practices with the most progressive academic trends in student-centered pedagogy.

Services Available:

- After-school "wordshops" for youth (Free of charge)

- Summer Institute on Social Justice and Applied Poetics for youth (Free of

  charge)

- Presentations and event production (For a fee) 

- Professional development (For a fee)

- Consulting (For a fee)

Youth Channel 

The Youth Channel is a division of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) targeting youth 12- 25. It is an alternative to mass media, providing equal access to all young people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or social status.

The Youth Channel is the first Channel created by youth for youth. Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel was established in March 2000 to provide disadvantaged, low-income and minority youth access to a quality media forum through which to express creativity, foster dialogue, and encourage social and political participation.

The Youth Channel strives to build confidence, establish role models, inform, educate, and entertain. It empowers youth to create change within their communities and the world. The Youth Channel is run by adults and youth who want to make a difference.

Services Available:

- One-Day Workshops (free of charge)

- Studio Visits (free of charge)

- Peer Training (free of charge)

- Facilitated Productions (free of charge)

- Downloadable Curricula (free of charge)

 

Networks

Critical Educator Network

The Critical Educator Network empowers educators to create learning environments grounded in critical thinking, collaboration, and innovation.  CEN provides professional development and resources for teachers to help their students become the critical thinkers society needs and demands. 

Education for Liberation Network

A national coalition of teachers, community activists, youth, researchers and parents who believe a good education should teach people-'"particularly low-income youth and youth of color-'"to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face. Check out the EdLib Lab, an online "laboratory" for finding, discussing and developing social justice teaching materials. The lab features a searchable curriculum database.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Founded as a volunteer group in Boston in 1990, GLSEN has grown into one of the nation's leading voices for equality and safety in the educational system.  Websites offers educator and students resources free of charge.

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCORE) 

NYCORE is a network of social justice minded educators/activists throughout New York City that are actively engaged in creating more just and inclusive educational, political and social systems.  They are highly collaborative and their listserv is a great way to stay connected to current events in New York City and beyond.  They regularly post opportunities to participate in working groups, workshops, events, conferences, and encourage educators to share best practices, lessons plans and other useful materials.

Radical Math

Radical Math Teachers are educators who work to integrate issues of political, economic, and social justice into our math classes, and we seek to inspire and support other educators to do the same.  Website offers educator and students resources, including math curriculum and lesson plans.

Teachers Unite (New York City)

Teachers Unite is dedicated to developing and supporting an educational justice movement of New York City's public school teachers. By providing resources and workshops that build professional support and organizing skills, it will be a central site for educators committed to social justice to meet, exchange ideas and develop plans of action.  TU offers Teacher Activist Courses (Free for members, Fee for non-members).  See website for details.

  

Media

Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) 

DCTV is a media arts center that fosters diverse viewpoints by providing professional training, state-of-the-industry resources and outstanding documentary productions with the belief that diversity of expression strengthens our democracy and enhances civil society.

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television, and on the internet. DN!'s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

Democracy Now!'s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates--debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.

Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies (FILM)

F.I.L.M. (Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies) is a movie curricula program for youth promoting literacy, activity-based learning and service.

The program was created in 2004 by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY). Its focus is the development and distribution of free curricula based on Truly Moving Picture Award-winning films to channel positive messages and life-affirming themes into the minds and lives of youth.

The curricula is designed in conjunction with movie studios and youth educators to get youth reading and watching quality content, provoke thought and exploration of pertinent themes and issues, and inspire participation in theme-based activities and service projects.

HarlemLive: The Web Magazine & TV Show by NY Teens

HarlemLIVE is an after school program that is empowering teens to become informed consumers and producers of high quality new media.  HarlemLIVE gives its students the hands on experience of producing a full-fledged student-run news website, along with the one-on-one mentoring partnerships with journalism professionals that teach the students everything from basic reporting and the use of new media, to news literacy and critical thinking skills. 

IndyKids

A free newspaper and teaching tool that aims to inform children on current news and world events from a progressive perspective and to inspire a passion for social justice and learning. It is geared toward kids in grades 4 to 8 and high school English Language Learners.

Listen Up!

Listen Up! is a youth media network that connects young video producers and their allies to resources, support, and projects in order to develop the field and achieve an authentic youth voice in the mass media.

Media That Matters

The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.

From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.

Every June, Media That Matters presents a new collection of twelve shorts.  The films stream online in their entirety, broadcast nationally, and are distributed on DVD to educators and activists. Media

National Public Radio

Offers insightful and timely programming that includes various perspectives on current events as well as introspective cultural pieces. 

Paper Tiger Television

Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) is an open, non-profit, volunteer video collective. Through the production and distribution of PTTV's public access series, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy, PTTV works to challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media. PTTV believes that increasing public awareness of the negative influence of mass media and involving people in the process of making media is mandatory for PTTV's long-term goal of information equity.

Public Radio International

Founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation, Public Radio International has distinguished itself by producing, acquiring and distributing innovative content that enables U.S. audiences to "hear a different voice-,," bringing new voices and global perspectives to the American public.

This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show produced by Chicago Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International. The show focuses on the experiences of "everyday" Americans and offers insightful, thought-provoking and relatable stories that engage listeners in the more personal aspects of current events as well as political and social issues.

Wiretap Magazine

Wiretap is an independent news and culture web magazine that generates and amplifies daily content by young people from diverse backgrounds. We mentor and train young journalists, citizen reporters, and bloggers and provide a daily platform for young activists, social entrepreneurs, and artists from across the country.

By highlighting, mentoring and amplifying some of the most compelling and urgent young voices, Wiretap shapes the public discourse in America. In addition to featuring our content to 60,000 unique monthly readers of our site, each year Wiretap syndicates over 50 of its features in independent and commercial outlets, including Chicago Sun Times, The Nation, BET.com, Rock the Vote, Current TV, as well as college textbooks, teen publications and students papers among others.

Youth Channel 

The Youth Channel is a division of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) targeting youth 12- 25. It is an alternative to mass media, providing equal access to all young people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or social status.

The Youth Channel is the first Channel created by youth for youth. Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel was established in March 2000 to provide disadvantaged, low-income and minority youth access to a quality media forum through which to express creativity, foster dialogue, and encourage social and political participation.

The Youth Channel strives to build confidence, establish role models, inform, educate, and entertain. It empowers youth to create change within their communities and the world. The Youth Channel is run by adults and youth who want to make a difference.

Resource Guides

Beyond Tolerance

A compiled guide of resources to help educators to create safe and affirming spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allied students and school staff.  The guide provides web-based links that redirect you to articles, organizations and other resources that support learning.

No Human is Illegal: Ningun Ser Humano es Ilegal

A compiled guide of resources to help educators discuss the complex issues surrounding the immigration debate.  The topics explored in this guide and in the debate at large, touch on economic, historic, political, national and emotional themes.

Publications

Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools produces a number of texts and resources across the country. They are firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.

Teaching for Change

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world.  Teaching for Change operates from the belief that schools can provide students the skills, knowledge and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world - or they can fortify the status quo. By drawing direct connections to 'real world' issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Student Press Initiative

The mission of Student Press Initiative (SPI) at Teachers College, Columbia University is to revolutionize education by advancing teacher leadership in reading and writing instruction. SPI is part professional development, part artist-collaboration, and part not-for-profit publisher.  SPI promotes a style of classroom publication that is deeply embedded in curriculum. SPI works in partnership with teachers and school communities to share ideas for how to better plan and produce all-inclusive learning experiences that culminate with students 'going public' with their learning.

SPI believes curriculum-based publications that grow from highly specified genre studies in the classroom not only democratize students' opportunities to publish, but also provide opportunities to link content-area reading and writing skill development with the excitement of real-world learning. Through publication, SPI raises the bar for what, how, and why students write. SPI pedagogy is rooted firmly in research, and inspired by the work of author-educators such as James Moffet, Peter Elbow, Ken Macrorie, Eliot Wigginton, and Ruth Vinz-'"a lineage of teachers who believe in the power of publication and the importance of student writing driven by an awareness of audience and purpose.

 

Curricula

 

An Unnatural Disaster: A Critical Resource Guide for Addressing the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the Classroom

When NYCoRE first released Unnatural Disaster, days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, we asked educators how they would help their students to make sense of the storm's aftermath. The feedback was powerful. While NYCoRE received reports of the guide's usefulness and words of encouragement from across the continent, many classrooms were silent. Three months later, stories of displaced families, re-building efforts and a congressional investigation trickle into mainstream news reports. Hurricane Katrina continues to be both a horrible reality for hundreds of thousands of Americans, and a critical chapter in U.S. history to be examined in every educational setting. NYCoRE hopes to encourage and support educators to use this revised edition of the resource guide and build an on-line community through dialogue at http://nycore- katrina.blogspot.com. As teachers are increasingly forced to teach to standardized tests, NYCoRE hopes that they will also find creative ways to incorporate these resources into lessons that will both strengthen students' academic skills and encourage a critical understanding of the power imbalance that made itself evident through this tragedy.

A Guide for Integrating Issues of Social and Economic Justice into Mathematics Curriculum

Mathematical literacy has long been a gatekeeper to higher learning opportunities due to the prevalence of high school exit exams, SAT tests, and college placement exams.  Math attainment has also been related to overall educational attainment and subsequent economic mobility. Finishing a math course beyond Algebra II more than doubles the odds that a student will get a Bachelor's Degree, and in 2005 the median income of someone with a Bachelor's Degree was nearly twice that of someone with a high school diploma.  This becomes particularly relevant for educators in urban school systems such as New York City, where 64.8% of the students are eligible for free lunch and 85.7% are students of color3 and in Los Angeles where only 56% of African American students are graduating from high school.

In addition, the systemic and structural oppression of low income and people of color in the United States is worsening. The number of people in prison continues to grow, as do unemployment rates.  Billions of dollars that were once available for social programs and education have been diverted to pay for war. Rents are skyrocketing, while affordable housing is becoming even scarcer. Over 35 million people lack health insurance.

These problems and many others are being addressed by community organizations and activists, and often find their way into assignments in Social Studies and English classes. However, in math classes around the country, perhaps the best places to study many of these issues, we continue to use curricula and models that lack any real-world, let alone socially relevant, contexts. A great opportunity to educate our young people about understanding and addressing these myriad issues continues to be squandered.

Film Curriculum: Favela Rising

This resource packet includes the curriculum for a two-hour film screening and a 5-lesson unit for high school level students on understanding the power of community to address local problems.

Religion, Diversity, and Conflict: The Park51 Controversy

- Park51 & Cordoba Initiative Fact Sheet

- September 11 Fact Sheet

- Muslims in America Fact Sheet

- Opposition to Places of Workshop in America Fact Sheet

- See Park51 Curriculum webpage for related films, articles, editorials and

  other resources

The controversy surrounding the Park51 Cultural Center in lower Manhattan has been at the forefront of the media and the nation's consciousness recently. Chances are, your students have encountered this issue and are thinking about it. And chances are this issue is going to reach your classroom this fall -- especially around 9/11. 

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligous Understanding

Tanenbaum's Religion and Diversity Education program has developed a curriculum guide designed to help educators encourage students to think critically about Park51 specifically and conflict in general, to ask hard questions, to learn about conflicts in life and to identify and use civil ways to resolve them.

Tanenbaum offers these materials to educators to be considered as the beginning of an ongoing process. They are intended to provide guidance rather than directives. Educators know their environments and students best, and are in the unique position of working toward the imperative of coexistence and cultivating global citizenship among their students. 

Teen ACTION Curriculum

Innovative service-learning curriculum written by Global Kids and utilized by the Department of Youth and Community Development for programming.

 

Field Trip Ideas

Asian American Arts Center

Asian American Arts Centre was founded in 1974 in New York City to address the distinctive concerns of Asian Americans in the United States. Its mission is to promote the preservation and creative vitality of Asian American cultural growth through the arts, and its historical and aesthetic linkage to other communities. The Arts Centre accomplishes this by presenting and interpreting the ongoing synthesis of contemporary American and Asian art forms, utilizing performance, exhibition, and public education.

Bronx Museum

The flagship cultural institution of the Bronx, -'founded in 1971, The Bronx Museum of the Arts -'focuses on 20th-century and contemporary art, -'while serving the culturally diverse populations of the Bronx and the greater New York metropolitan area. The museum's home on the Grand Concourse is a distinctive contemporary landmark designed by the internationally-renowned firm, Arquitectonica. The Bronx Museum of the Arts maintains a permanent collection of 20th and 21st-century works by artists of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry. Additionally, the Museum collects works by artists for whom the Bronx has been critical to their artistic practice and development. The Museum's educational offerings spring from these central programs with outreach to children and families as well as adult audiences.

Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come.

Museo del Barrio

From film and video to literary arts, from visual arts to architecture and design, El Museo del Barrio New York offers a full calendario of public programs for all audiences. Explore Latin American and Caribbean art and culture with writers, artists, scholars, critics, and other creative thinkers. Live performance, artist talks, panel discussions, and film screenings are all part of the nonstop cultural mix.  Programs include, Voces: Conversation with Latino Artists, Nuevo Cine: Recent Films for Latin America, Barrio Book Club, Libroforum, Spoken Word, and Super Sabado! Target Free Third Saturdays at El Museo. 

Museum of Tolerance: New York

In the heart of Manhattan, it is an education and professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, young people, law enforcement officials, corporate employees, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Museum of Tolerance New York provides participants with intense educational and experiential training programs, school field trips and group tours. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace, school campus and community. 

National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere, past, present, and future, through partnership with Native people and others.  The museum worked to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary life.

Queens Museum of Art

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility. 

Tenement Museum

Inside 97 Orchard, visitors take guided tours of apartments that recreate immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Along with a glimpse of the past, tours offer insights into current debates about immigration and public health.  Visitors go beyond the walls of 97 Orchard Street to explore the neighborhood and continue the immigrant story. In combination with tenement tours, walking tours explore how life was for immigrants on the Lower East Side and how the neighborhood changed.  Each year, 44,000 students visit the Museum to learn about immigration and New York City. We also run ESOL workshops that use tenement history to teach English to today's immigrants.  The Tenement Talks program offers free readings, discussions, performances and screenings about New York's history, people and culture.

United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 192 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peace building, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programs) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations. 

Resources at Teachers College:

The following student organizations are very active at Teachers College and may be great resources in support of your service-learning project. 

African Studies Working Group

The African Studies Working Group consists of Teachers College graduate students with a general interest in Africa and the African Diaspora. The group aims to explore issues relating to culture, education, and humanitarian concerns through research, advocacy, conferences, discussion groups, informal learning opportunities, and social events.

Association of Latin American Students

The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) is a student organization located in Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. As an organization that aims at creating academic, cultural, and social networks within the Latin American community across time and place, ALAS offers a wide range of activities to accomplish this mission such as an annual conference, social and cultural events, symposia, workshops, an online discussion forum, and a weekly newsletter.

Black Student Network

The Black Student Network is a community of graduate students of African Descent and persons in support thereof at Teachers College who have come together to empower themselves in order to become active articulators and participants in their education at TC. The purpose and aims of BSN are: to encourage high scholastic and ethical standards for Blacks in higher education; to promote unity and support among Black graduate students; to provide networking opportunities in order to enhance the professional development of Blacks; to enrich traditions and practices of peoples of African descent within the academic community; to encourage the recruitment, retention, and development of Black professionals at TC; and to maintain strong ties, links, and partnerships with the community-at-large.

Coalition for Latino/a Scholars 

The mission of the Coalition of Latino/a Scholars (CLS) is to encourage and promote Latino/a scholarship while fostering a supportive community of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni at Teachers College, Columbia University. To fulfill this mission, CLS actively outreaches to prospective students that add to diverse forms of knowledge at our institution. As a student led organization, we seek opportunities to cultivate relationships with the array of cultures, traditions, and organizations that form the Teachers College community.  A central goal is for CLS members to serve as advocates for the advancement of academic and social endeavors that strengthen the Latino/a community at Teachers College and beyond.  As the Coalition of Latino/a Scholars, we promote awareness and knowledge of academic, social, political, and cultural issues that concern Latinos/as and we proactively engage in efforts to further an equitable, diverse, just, and progressive education for all.

Global Initiative for Social Change through the Arts

The Global Initiative for Social Change through the Arts (GiSCA) is a community of creative-minded individuals and artistic practitioners dedicated to utilizing creative expression toward effecting dynamic social change. Conceptualizing the arts as encompassing not only traditional disciplines (music, visual and performing arts, and dance), but also the expression of individual and group creativity, GiSCA provides an open space for holistic, cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based dialogue to foster connections between the arts and social agency, and to empower collective and individual action.

Latina/o and Latin American Faculty Working Group

The goal of the Faculty Working Group at Teachers College is to unify and expand our contributions to research, teaching, and service in the field of Latina/o and Latin American Education. The mission of this group is to work towards greater equity for Latina/o and Latin American populations throughout the Americas in three primary ways: first, to build knowledge in the field of education, health and psychology; second, to enhance the impact of that research by engaging directly with policy makers; and third, to apply that knowledge as we educate and promote bilingual professionals in these areas. 

Peace Education Network

The Global Initiative for Social Change through the Arts (GiSCA) is a community of creative-minded individuals and artistic practitioners dedicated to utilizing creative expression toward effecting dynamic social change. Conceptualizing the arts as encompassing not only traditional disciplines (music, visual and performing arts, and dance), but also the expression of individual and group creativity, GiSCA provides an open space for holistic, cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based dialogue to foster connections between the arts and social agency, and to empower collective and individual action.

Queer TC

Teachers College Pedagogy in Cinema Society

The intention of the Pedagogy in Cinema Society (PiCS) at Teachers College (TC) is to provide a space for all those interested to explore relationships between Pedagogy and cinema. Films are screened to serve as prompts for sociopolitical and philosophical debate and inquiry. The contents of film inspires thought and activity in society as a whole and it is the mission of PiCS to explore that relationship through events such as but not limited to screenings, workshops, and conferences.

  

Other Resources

KeepVid

Allows you to download and save videos to your personal computer directly form Youtube, Google, Metacafe, Putfile and more.  This is an excellent tool if you do not have Internet access in your classroom!

MakeBeliefComix

Online comic strip generator used by educators to teach language, reading, and writing in an easy, fun way.