Announcing the launch of the D15 Sunset PAR Project!

Apply here to be on the Sunset PAR Team!

Application Deadline Extended to December 3rd!

We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with District 15 , the DOE Office of District Planning, Voces Ciudadanas, and the Sunset Park community in a second participatory action research process.

Did you know that there are four new school buildings opening in Sunset Park over the next few years? Are you interested in learning more about the schooling experiences and needs in our area and making recommendations about what should happen with SP schools?

The D15 Sunset Park PAR Project will develop recommendations around what should happen with Sunset Park schools, with a goal of equitable education and thriving schools for all children in Sunset Park.

We will be using a participatory action research (PAR) approach to build an understanding of what we need as a community to achieve equitable and thriving schools.

Participatory action research (PAR) is an approach to knowledge production where those most impacted by a question, problem, or issue are centered and in leadership of the research process from beginning to end. The process is community-powered and community-accountable. In this project, a team of local community members who will be impacted by schooling changes will carry out the research. We call this group of community researchers: the Sunset PAR Team. The project is being co-facilitated by Maddy Fox (Brooklyn College, CUNY) and Voces Ciudadanas.

A team of local community members, who will be directly impacted by changes in our Sunset Park Schools, will carry out the work. We call this group of community researchers: the D15 Sunset PAR Team.

We are seeking local community members from across Sunset Park and connected to all our schools to join the D15 Sunset PAR Team. We are recruiting 12 community members to join as the Sunset PAR Team. Sunset PAR Team members will meet weekly, put in 1 – 5 hours/week on the project, receive a stipend for their participation. No prior experience necessary. There will be many ways to be involved and participate in the project in addition to being a member of the Sunset PAR Team.

The PAR Team will work together to figure out what we need to ask our neighbors to achieve equitable and thriving schools. The PAR team will be a group of people who will meet for 1 – 5 hours a week to:

  • create community
  • discuss and think through the biggest questions facing our community
  • research history of schools and schools zones
  • be trained in research methods and ethics
  • carry out research (like interviews, surveys, focus groups) at laundromats, playgrounds, church groups, community centers, and other places
  • study and analyze Dept of Education data
  • compile and analyze community knowledge + DOE data
  • lead art projects with children
  • share back what we find via community forums
  • produce recommendations to inform DOE policy

This participatory process will center families impacted by the school changes and particularly families from historically excluded communities.

NOTE: District 15 will soon be launching a Design Team for the new PS 671 to develop the plan for that school. The D15 Sunset PAR Team will communicate closely with the 671 Design Team.

Click Here Apply to be on the Sunset Park PAR Team and/or Get Involved in the project.

CEC voted unanimously to approve the rezoning!!

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, CEC15 held Special Session to vote on the rezoning proposal for Subzone 3 of District 15. CEC15 members voted unanimously to approve the Rezoning of 7 elementary schools in Subzone 3: PS 15, PS 29, PS 32, PS 58, PS 261 and PS 676 – in line with the PAR Team’s recommendations.

The full resolution is posted on the CEC15’s website: https://cecd15.org/resolutions-1

Stay tuned for links to the zoom recordings.

As a PAR Team we are glad we’ve reached this moment and we remain engaged in the work. We are each committed community members who will continue to work – collectively and individually – towards the goals of our project. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our communities, our schools, the DOE, D15, and the CEC on the implementation of the rezoning and our recommendations.

We thank everyone who has supported us and collaborated with us along the way so far!!!

More from us soon!!!

May 11th presentation of PAR Team recommendations and DOE draft proposal

On May 11th we presented our recommendations and the DOE Office of District Planning shared their draft proposal for the rezoning of PS 15, PS 676, PS 58, PS 32, PS 29, PS 38 and PS 261.

You can see the presentation deck here:

D15 PAR Project Recommendations and DOE draft Rezoning Proposal May 11th, 2021

Community feedback on the draft proposal is welcome!

To provide feedback on the draft proposal please email: BrooklynZoning@schools.nyc.gov

PS 676 Proposal is Posted

The DOE and PS 676 have posted a proposal for the grade reconfiguration of PS 676 to slowly transform into a Middle School over the next several years.

As all this was in process, we hosted a Red Hook community meeting to hear from the Red Hook school leaders and community members about the vision for Red Hook. The proposal is responsive to community vision, needs, and desires. The PAR Team is excited for the possibilities and opportunities for Red Hook and beyond.

You can read about the proposal here: https://cecd15.org/

The DOE is hosting a Joint Public Hearing to provide the public with an opportunity to present comments or concerns on the proposal:
April 15th, 6pm, via teleconference: https://learndoe.org/odp/

Meanwhile, the PAR Team continues to work on rezoning!

Timeline Update

Timeline Update! The plan is that the CEC will vote on the rezoning in winter/spring 2021 for fall 2022 implementation.

More soon from the DOE on the idea for PS 676 to transform into a middle school and on the rezoning proposal.

PAR/Rezoning Update at the Dec 15th CEC

Tune in to the Dec 15th CEC Meeting for an update from the PAR Team and the DOE’s Office of District Planning.

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Dec 15, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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mid-October update

Since schools re-opened for hybrid instruction on Sept 29th, we’ve been very busy with outreach – at schools, give-aways, in parks and playgrounds, at PTA mtgs, and more. We’ve continued to collect surveys and have conversations with community members. We’ll be providing a brief update on our recent work at the October 27th CEC meeting. And, we look forward to sharing even more at the Nov CEC.

If you haven’t taken our survey yet – please do! And, help us spread the word within your school community.