Community Roots Charter School

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Border Crossers
Border Crossers’ is a NYC based organization whose mission is to equip New York City’s elementary school teachers to be leaders of racial justice in their schools and communities. Border Crossers believes that in order to be effective educators, teachers need tools for understanding the role of race and racism in schools and entering into meaningful conversations about diversity and equity with students from a young age. Border Crossers runs training that supports teachers in racial justice work and creating culturally-responsive, equitable learning environments that will better serve NYC’s diverse student population.
Community Roots staff have opportunity to join Border Crossers trainings around the City and work with this organization to create professional development specific for our staff.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
At Community Roots we feel strongly that the arts can and should be both seen as enrichment as well as integrated throughout curriculum in order to make learning experiences rich and accessible to children with different types of learning styles. We have forged an institutional partnership with BAM in order to enrich the lives of our students, foster relationships with our families through the bridge that BAM can provide in their arts residencies, and collaborate with a neighborhood institution that was thriving long before us. BAM's goal is to provide to students the same caliber of groundbreaking, challenging work from around the world that it provides for adults. BAM believes that its arts education programs should inspire young audiences with curricula that address important artistic, social, and political issues. These residencies are designed to link educators, families, and teaching artists together through art mediums. The programs put in place support and enrich Community Roots' curriculum, help build community, and support the sharing of different cultures.

The teaching artists that are in residence each school year teach African Dance. The teaching artists use a combination of their experience and expertise, Community Roots Exit Outcomes, and The Blueprint for the Arts to guide their instruction. Classroom teachers work as partners during workshops and therefore ensure that this time is an integral part of the Community Roots educational program.
Essex Street High School
We currently partner with Essex Street High School to engage high school seniors as interns during our Winter-Spring school semester. Students at Essex Street are assigned to our school and go through a volunteering training program and ongoing intern development meetings to reflect on their work and gain skills. The high school interns are assigned to various classrooms throughout the school and their work varies from assisting teachers with tasks to being a mentor and leader to the younger students in the classroom.

Fort Greene Park
Community Roots Charter School is a short walk from Fort Greene Park and our students spend time learning and playing there on a routine basis. It is located on a hill overlooking Wallabout Bay and downtown Brooklyn. Bounded by Myrtle Avenue, St. Edwards Street, DeKalb Avenue, and Washington Park (the continuation of Cumberland Avenue as it fronts the park), it is both a popular neighborhood park and a site of national importance. The thirty-acre park is home to tennis courts and playgrounds, and is host to events such as concerts, readings, and other civic gatherings. It is also the site of a Revolutionary War fort and a monument to Revolutionary War prisoners, who were held by the British aboard prison ships in Wallabout Bay. Today, a 148-foot column stands in the park commemorating these Prison Ship Martyrs. The monument is undergoing an extensive renovation, slated to be completed in fall '07. In 1846, Walt Whitman, the celebrated poet and then editor of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was writing almost daily urging for a park in Brooklyn. As a result, Washington Park, later renamed Fort Greene Park, was established as Brooklyn's first park in 1847.

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Parents and Children Together with Art (PACT)
At Community Roots we believe that the family unit is in integral part of the development of the child and offer programs that allow families the opportunity to work together through the arts. We partner with Free Arts NYC to offer the PACT program to our families.

Free Arts NYC partners with group homes, shelters, schools and community centers to give children the opportunity to express themselves in a supportive environment in order to develop communication and trust. Their programs and the relationships they foster help children and families experience new levels of hope and creativity. Free Arts NYC volunteers and facilitators give all of the children and families they work with a high level of personal attention. Their volunteer to child ratio is often 1:1 and, at most, 1:3.

PACT is an eight week, theme-based art experience featuring activities designed to increase parental involvement and encourage positive forms of family communication. With a 1:2 volunteer to family ratio, program facilitators and trained volunteers provide creative arts projects that require collaboration of ideas and sustained teamwork. Working as a design team, families use the art as a vehicle to learn and enhance their own communication, collaboration, and sharing. Each session begins with an improvisational game, followed by an art experience, and ends with a sharing circle.

At Community Roots, PACT is offered for two cycles, once in the Winter and once in the Spring. It begins with a family dinner time which is then followed by art making. We are able to serve at least 30 families a year who come consistently and have created bonds of friendship with the PACT volunteers as well as with one another.
Prepare, Inc. offers comprehensive violence prevention training and personal safety programs. In all their programs, they situate violence in the social and cultural context within which it exists. Along with the broad spectrum of curriculum they offer, they support the work of others in the anti-violence community. Their primary prevention programs work to change beliefs and behaviors before they lead to violence: health and life skills education, anti-bias and anti-bullying programs, and social and emotional learning fundamentals.  They are best known for their secondary prevention self-defense and personal safety courses which feature the suited instructor: IMPACT Basics and Prepare classes for kids and teens. Their classes empower individuals to lead their lives fully, with the confidence that they have the tools to better manage what life brings their way. 
Prepare works with our 3rd and 5th graders to help build effective communication, with a priority given to maintaining the integrity and safety of the individual in all types of situations.  Prepare works to integrate their lessons into Community Roots culture and makes connections to the curriculum.  Additionally, Prepare offered workshops for our families around supporting their children around these similar topics.