JCC Harlem is pleased to present an education equity summit on Sunday, May 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its facility at 318 W. 118th St. The Harlem Community Education Choice + Voice Fair will feature a panel and workshop lunch, plus school choice fair, to help families through the complicated process. Wendy Van Amson will lead the sessions. Tickets to attend the panel and lunch portion are $18 per adult and can be purchased online or by calling 212.865.1215. The school fair is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by Schools First NYC.
“JCC Harlem is excited to host our first-ever school choice and voice fair, which is an opportunity for families to holistically engage with important questions about how to make school choices that reflect their family’s values,” said Meg Sullivan, director of JCC Harlem.
Schedule of events:
- 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Values Based Panel – we’ll explore the roles of each of our values when navigating the NYC school system
- 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.: Share + Learn Working Lunch – we’ll debrief following the panel and dive deeper into some of the questions it raises
- 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: School Choice Fair – representatives from public, independent, charter, and Jewish day schools will be in attendance
Follow up workshops will also be offered on the kindergarten entrance process and how to be a thoughtful parent leader in your chosen school’s community.
Wendy A. Tempro Van Amson founded the Independent School Diversity Network with Esther Hatch in 2003. ISDN, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an alliance of parents and educators dedicated to enhancing the development of environments that are welcoming, inclusive and equitable for students and their families. By establishing a strong network, ISDN seeks to strengthen collaborative efforts through programming, dialogue and improved interschool communication. She is a registered dietitian/public health nutritionist, currently consulting with multiple head start and daycare centers. She serves on the board of the Bank Street College of education and Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students. A native Brooklynite, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from New York University and her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Public Health.
An initiative of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in collaboration with UJA-Federation of NY, JCC Harlem creates unique and diverse access points to Jewish and communal life for members of the Harlem community. It is an institution that is at once both intentionally Jewish and committed to facilitating experiences between those who identify Jewishly and those who identify otherwise – in service of connecting, growing, and learning within an ever-changing Jewish landscape. It is located at 318 W. 118th Street. Learn more at jccharlem.org.
Together with its community, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape. Located at 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the JCC is a vibrant non-profit community center on the Upper West Side. The cornerstone of progressive programming in Manhattan, the JCC serves over 55,000 people annually through 1,200 programs each season that educate, inspire, and transform participants’ minds, bodies, and spirits. Since its inception, the JCC has been committed to serving the community by offering programs, classes, and events that reach beyond neighborhood boundaries, reaching people at all stages of their lives. Learn more at jccmanhattan.org.