Border Crossers utilizes creative tools to encourage educators in explorations of race and racism with young students. We believe that if educators are prepared to have meaningful conversations about equity, students will be better equipped to interrupt patterns of structural racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society.
Border Crossers work is based on 12 years of innovative diversity, multiculturalism and education equity programming in New York City schools. We have worked with over 600 teachers and 50 of schools across the city, impacting over 15,000 students.
We serve our community through the following four program areas:
Citywide professional development workshops geared toward teachers, administrators, youth service providers, and parents. Check our events page for upcoming workshops near you.
Customized school-wide professional development that guides and supports individual school communities in building their capacity to address race and equity within their institution.
Staff training for afterschools, summer camps, and youth and teacher organizations.
Community organizing events, book series’, and taskforce groups.
Sign up for a workshop:
“Talking About Race With K-5″ Saturday, March 9 | 10am-4pm
“Teachable Race Moments in the Elementary Classroom” Saturday, March 16 at the NYCoRE Annual Conference
“Teaching Artists Talking About Race” Thursday, April 11 | 6-8pm
“Talking About Race Using Theatre of the Oppressed” Saturday, May 18 | 10am-4pm
(With The Forum Project)
Watch a video about our “Talking About Race” workshops!
Read our Educator Guide on Talking About Race with K-5!
Border Crossers offers a variety of services for school administrators, teachers, parents and community organizers. Please email email@example.com to get more information about bringing Border Crossers to your school.
Border Crossers’ trainings are changing the ways that educators think, speak and teach about race in their schools. We insist that diversity in schools is not enough, but that we must be modeling equity, empathy, honesty and courage in conversations about race with children from a young age.
Read our impact reports from 2011-2013 here.
- In the 2011-12 school year, Border Crossers trained 85 educators through our “Talking About Race With K-5″ citywide workshops.
- This school year, we have already trained 185 teachers from over 30 schools. This means over 3,700 students will have a Border Crossers-trained teacher in their classroom this year.
- We launched a series of customized workshops for individual schools and have brought it to three schools in New York City.
But, that’s not all…
- We have presented at three national conferences: Facing Race 2012, SOS People’s Education Convention, and the National Conference on School Diversity.
- We have led classes at Queens College, facilitated forums for EPIC Theatre Ensemble, presented for Teach for America’s recruitment team, and created a training for the Manhattan Young Democrats.
- We’re launching Border Crossers Educator Circle, a community-building resource that will provide additional learning opportunities as well as organize teachers around key issues of racial justice in schools.