NewComm x S:E

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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 HS 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.

we believe: Education is a vehicle for social and environmental change. By helping teachers build curriculums they are truly passionate about, we can contribute to a society where everyone thrives

Deliverables:

Results:

  • Completed year-long, 4-part curriculum reading 8 literary works from 5 different cultures covering social and environmental issues. The point was to introduce students to an international, intersectional dialogue with the authors through student essays and class discussions. 

  • ​Students completed a clothing line and campaign bringing awareness to food and equity, a part of the food justice concept, and was  a featured seller at the People's Forum.

  • Students contributed to the S:E social media engagement by creating IG interviews to talk about youth activism. 

  • Students made connections with various Horace Mann alumni that would be willing to give it a  shot.

Project Highlight:

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

Curriculum Re-design

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Mr. Asoluka already had their own social justice curriculum, we infused environmental justice.

 

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

 

See one of the action projects students used to promote awareness of food justice.

Collaborations with Organizers

A long-time advocate for equitable food systems and community resilience, Karen Washington talked to the Horace Mann students about food justice and its environmental and social impacts.

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Featured in the...

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

 
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With Generous Support From:

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The People's Market at Manhattan's People's Forum tries to create a space for cultural workers, artists, and makers.  Held to welcome visitors shop zines, art, handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, healing activities, herbal teas, AND OUR CLOTHES, among other things.!