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Brooklyn School District 15 PAR Project
Did you know that the NYCDOE is exploring rezoning for seven elementary schools (PS 676, PS 15, PS 32, PS 58, Ps 29, PS 38 and PS 261) in District 15 with potential changes to who has priority to attend each school? Are you interested in learning more about equity and schooling experiences in our area and making recommendations about the rezoning?

The Rezoning District 15 PAR Collective is launching a participatory action research project in our neighborhoods to build a deeper understanding of what equitable elementary schooling could look like in our communities. The findings from our collective research will shape the Department of Education's rezoning plan. This is a project conducted by community members, with community members, for the purpose of excellent and equitable education for all our children.

This project will seek to build a complex understanding, based on community expertise, of:
● What does equity mean and what does it look like for different members of different school communities?
● What do families value when it comes to their children’s elementary education?
● What schools and schooling experiences do families desire?
● What are current perceptions and desires with regard to the different existing elementary school options?
● What supports do families desire within schools once their children are enrolled?

The participatory process will center families impacted by the rezoning and particularly families from underrepresented communities.

We are recruiting 8 community members (ages 18 and older) to join as the core research team. The core team of community researchers will be trained in research methods, community outreach, and will build knowledge together about relevant schooling and rezoning histories, contexts, and policies. You do NOT need to have any prior experience in any of these areas, or in writing or public speaking, and you do NOT need to be a U.S. citizen.

Community researchers will receive a stipend for their participation.

The project will aim to start with a kickoff research training the week of March 1st. Meetings will take place twice a week and approximately one evening/month. The core team of community researchers will need to be able to commit approximately 5 hours/week between February and June on the project. The times for weekly meetings will be finalized once the research team is assembled - please provide feedback via the application.

Applications are due Feb 27th. Please spread the word - encourage folks to apply!

Please Note: There will be multiple ways to participate in the project. If you're interested in being involved - we need you! If you can't commit to being on the core research team (or you'd like to make room for others), but you are interested in participating in other ways - please complete an application. Within the application, you will have an opportunity to express your level of availability as well as the strengths you bring.

This project is being facilitated and worked on by Edwin Pacheco, Red Hook community leader; Maddy Fox from CUNY's Public Science Project/Brooklyn College's Center for the Study of Brooklyn; Matt Gonzales from the NYU Metro Center; and representatives from the NYC Department of Education with support from the Red Hook Initiative - and most importantly, you!
To apply to be part of the PAR project please complete the application online, email it to, or leave it for Edwin Pacheco at PS 676, Room 113.
Application can be found at:

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First Name: *
Last name: *
Phone: *
The best way to reach you (email, text, phone, etc): *
Are you NYCHA resident?
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Are you 18 or older: *
What is your affiliation or connection to PS 676, PS 15, PS 29, PS 32, PS 58, PS 38, and or PS 261? *
The project will launch on the week of February 24th and the core research team will meet twice a week between Feb - June for approximately 5 hours/week. What times are you available to meet from the options below? Please check all that apply *
Why are you interested in participating in this project? *
What strengths and skills do you bring to the project? (It can be anything: knowledge of the neighborhood, experience, qualities, talents, open-minded, artistic, organized, good listener, relevant work/life experience, design skills, translation skills, documentarian - anything!) *
What languages do you speak? *
We want to make sure our team represents the neighborhood as much as possible. Please describe your race/ethnicity.
Are you an employee of the City of New York?
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What questions do you have for the organizers of this project?
How did you hear about the project?
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