Border Crossers utilizes creative tools to encourage educators in explorations of race and racism with K-12 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 15 years of innovative diversity, multiculturalism and education equity programming in New York City schools. We have worked with thousands of teachers across the United States, impacting over 30,000 students.
We serve our community through the following 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 and organizations in building their capacity to enhance racial equity and justice within their institution. This includes, but is not limited to: coaching, curriculum development, strategic planning, and training for stakeholders.
Presenting at national conferences, universities and seminars.
Through this training, educators strengthen their analysis of how racism manifests in schools and classrooms, enhance their understanding of how racism affects children, practice utilizing tools to address race and racism with students, and gain strategies to support a school-wide culture of respect, equity and inclusivity. Click on the links below to register for our upcoming Citywide trainings:
Talking About Race for Parents: Raising Children for Racial Justice
This training provides parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Participants learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.
Next Training: Saturday, April 9, 2016 (registration opens in February)
Through this training, educators explore the impact of unconscious bias on the academic and social emotional development of students. Educators gain tools to recognize and address their own racial biases, and learn how these biases affect curriculum, pedagogy and relationships with students, families and colleagues. Participants will identify instances where they themselves may have witnessed or committed racial microaggressions, and gain strategies to interrupt them.
This training, designed for teams of individuals who exercise leadership roles in educational institutions, explores how to promote racially equitable outcomes for students beyond the walls of individual classrooms. Teams will assess the degree to which racial equity is upheld in school culture, structures, policies and curriculum. They will brainstorm, prioritize and gain strategies to implement racial justice initiatives at their institutions.
Border Crossers offers a variety of services for school administrators, teachers, parents and community organizers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 700 teachers from over 30 schools. This means over 17,500 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 seven schools in New York City.
But, that’s not all…
– We have presented at national conferences: Facing Race Conference, White Privilege Conference, National Black Child Development Conference, National Association of Independent Schools Conference, People of Color Conference (POCC), SOS People’s Education Convention, 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.