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OUR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT CASE

"Start: Empowerment’s involvement in my class been a tremendous boon for my students. As I continue to teach them how they can be change agents in their local community, S:E has provided us with the tools to build the very foundation of our work. I find myself incredibly lucky to call them my partners."

-Chidi Asoluka

 Class Dean and English Teacher at the Horace Mann School

Mr. Asoluka, a pioneering educator, created 

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BACKGROUND

Mr. Asoluka, a pioneering educator, created his own NewComm initiative to infuse social justice concepts into English curriculum, wanted to add another dimension.

 

As one of Horace Mann School's Deans and English faculty, Mr. Asoluka, invited us to infuse environmental justice-oriented readings and materials into his high school English classroom, in addition to, encouraging out-of-class community engagement. 

In the end, we helped in the continued design of his curriculum to recognize and study People of Color (POC) authors outside of the white literary canon and encourage his students to utilize literary analysis as a guide for critical thinking, mindful collaboration, and impactful action in relation to issues within their own communities.

DELIVERABLES

Together, we integrated an introduction to activism and environmental / climate justice in English classroom, e.g. exploring how the assigned readings centering BIPOC authors translate to the justice issues right now.

Results

Project Highlights

Photos from the student-run modeling shoot at Horace Mann school.

Together, students found local artist, Sabrina Tran, and worked with her to design a design that would promote food justice and discuss the ways in which different community members could take part in furthering action, in addition to providing us with merch to sell for fundraising purposes.​

After showcasing it at The People's Forum--where it was used as a tool to spark conversation about Food Justice in NYC--we now gift it to our donors on our Patreon page.

Limited Edition!

NEWCOMM X Start:Empowerment in collaboration with local artist Sabrina Tran.

Community Collaborations:

We brought in long-time advocate for equitable food systems and community resilience, Karen Washington, who talked to the Horace Mann students about food justice, its environmental and social impacts, and what they could do in their communities right now.

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Designed screenshots from the Zoom speakership between Karen Washington and the Horace Mann students.

With Generous Support From:

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