What is the timeline and how will this work?
The Gowanus/Red Hook/Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill PAR project was originally designed to run from February – June 2020. We recruited 10 local community members to join the project as the core research team. The group was intentionally formed so as to center the perspectives and experiences of BIPOC community members/ school communities impacted by the potential rezoning. This group met weekly for three weeks before New York State entered PAUSE for the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, we re-gathered – on Zoom – and the project re-launched.
The project has been extended to run through Fall 2020.
The PAR Team meets (at least) weekly and is actively engaged in outreach throughout the week.
In June – we began reaching out to community members to conduct small group and one-on-one conversations about experiences and perspectives on schooling.
Meanwhile, in our weekly meetings we learned about community experiences of rezoning in District 1 and District 3, we built knowledge around history and policy context of rezoning. We meet with the DOE Office of District Planning regularly to better understand the specific context of this potential rezoning.
In July – we continued conducting community conversations, and as the City opened up a bit, we started spending time at Open Streets events and in playgrounds talking with community members and building knowledge about local experiences and perspectives.
Through June and July we conducted 40+ one-on-one conversations. In July, we conducted a preliminary analysis of what we’d heard so far. We used the knowledge to build a community survey for broad distribution across the subzone.
In August – Launch of D15 PAR Project Community Survey!
Coming next: sharing preliminary findings, cross-community knowledge-building about the histories and present of educational equity, and building towards recommendations.