Day of Learning on Equity & Inclusion: Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Pedagogy

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: National Dance Institute, 217 W 147th St, New York, NY 10039

On February 26, 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable will host its annual Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion. This year’s learning exchange will focus on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Pedagogy. We will explore how our roles as arts educators and administrators can support a student centered learning space that honors cultural identities and promotes social-emotional well-being in the classroom. To align and sustain our practice with the values of this pedagogy, we are inviting young people from our arts community to join us as presenters and co-learners for this special event. Each registration will include a catered breakfast and lunch. A lactation room will be available.

Featuring a keynote address by Poet, Writer, & Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz!


Registration Rates

The Day of Learning is now SOLD OUT. Interested attendees may continue to register and will be added to a waitlist pending availability.

  • Member: $40
  • Non-Member: $80
  • Student: $35

Not a member yet? Please CLICK HERE to learn more about the benefits of a Roundtable Membership and join today!

Please note: All rates are subject to a 2.5% processing fee. Registrants who select the “Student” rate will be required to present a valid Student ID per registration upon check-in.
Online registration will close at 11:55pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2020.


(subject to change)
8:45am – 9:30am: Check-in & Breakfast
9:30am – 9:45am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:45am – 10:00am: National Dance Institute Teaching Artist Warm-Up
10:00am – 10:45am: Keynote Speech by Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
10:55am – 12:25pm: Adult-Led Breakout Sessions (scroll down more information)

  • Policy and Practice: The Integration of CRE in DOE Schools, NYC DOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects
  • CRE in the Current “Canon”, NY Philharmonic and Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Daring to Be Powerful: Teaching Artists and Administrators Create Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Brooklyn Arts Council
  • Honoring Multiple Cultures through Visual Art and Design, Poster House and Harlem School of the Arts

12:25pm-1:30pm: Lunch
1:40pm-2:40pm: Plenary Panel Discussion with:

  • Tamilla Woodard, Associate Artistic Director, WP Theater
  • Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Playwright & Actor
  • Toya Lilliard, Executive Director, viBe Theater Experience

2:50pm-3:50pm: Youth-Led Breakout Sessions featuring:

  • IntegrateNYC
  • viBe Theater Experience
  • Echoes of Incarceration
  • Parsons Scholars Program

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Reflection
4:30pm – 4:45pm: Performance featuring National Dance Institute’s NDI DREAM Project and Celebration Team
4:45pm-5:00pm: Closing Remarks & Evaluation


Morning Breakout Session Descriptions

Facilitated by NYC Department of Education, Office of Arts and Special Projects

This school year, New York City School’s Chancellor Richard Carranza formally announced a policy adopting culturally responsive-sustaining education in DOE classrooms. How has this policy impacted classroom practices, especially in arts rooms? Join this session for a discussion around policy and practice with leaders from the NYC Department of Education.

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Facilitated by the New York Philharmonic and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

How can communities fully engage with art forms that may be inherently exclusionary? What are strategies for building better bridges or creating new realities? This session connects leaders from across art disciplines to explore the challenges and opportunities with presenting Western European Art through the lens of culturally responsive pedagogy.

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Facilitated by Brooklyn Arts Council

Through an interactive, inquiry-based format, participants will engage in an exploration of what Culturally Responsive Pedagogy can look like for a multi-arts organization. We’ll share some of our practices in training, and discuss how the work is always evolving from a programmatic perspective.

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Facilitated by Poster House and Harlem School of the Arts
This session will demonstrate how to incorporate visual art as a tool for honoring multiple cultures and perspectives within a curriculum using visual inquiry, research, and art-making.

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What is a “Day of Learning”?

Our annual Days of Learning are 1-day intensive learning opportunities that provide specific strategies to advance equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the classroom, in cultural institutions, and beyond. The day’s content is designed to address the specific needs of arts education practitioners and focuses on social justice issues relevant to our unique ecosystem. 

Click one of the links below to learn more about our past Days of Learning:

The Day of Learning on Equity & Inclusion is funded in part by the generosity of the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Office and the Department of Cultural Affairs. 

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