Our Steering Commitee

 
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DANIELLE McKOY

Founding Member &
“History, Definitions, & Discourse”
Committee Co-Chair

Danielle McKoy (daniellemc_koy) is a proud Bronx native and a passionate activist in the racial school integration and the prison reform movements. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Princeton University, Danielle moved to Miami and served as a Mathematics teacher, Mathematics Department Head, and Mathematics Coach at Charles R. Drew Middle School. In 2012, she moved back to New York City and founded Breaking the Bronx, an organization that provides free SAT preparation and college counseling to Title I students in the Bronx. At the same time she was appointed to the Junior Board of Youth Represent, a legal defense and advocacy non-profit dedicated to improving the lives and futures of young people affected by the criminal justice system, and became the Co-Lead of the NY Princeton Women’s Alumni Network Service Committee. In 2017, she joined the staff at Teach For All, an international non-profit dedicated to engendering educational equity on a global scale, and became a founding member of the Steering Committee of New York City’s inaugural Alliance for School Integration & Desegregation (nycASID). Danielle’s lifelong dedication to the desegregation and integration of schools in NYC, the nation, and abroad is grounded in her radical mission to help create a drastically different world unfettered by structural separation and inequity.

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FARAJI HANNAH-JONES

Founding Member &
“History, Definitions, & Discourse”
Committee Co-Chair

Faraji Hannah-Jones (@farijijones) has a 20-year career in technology, but since becoming a District 13 public school parent he has realized he has another calling - to advocate for racial school integration as a NYC public school parent activist. In 2016, he became PTA co-president at P.S. 307, where he organized and engaged families to participate in a controversial rezoning process to prevent the increased racial school segregation of his school zone. He now serves as a member of the District 13 Community Education Council and Secretary for Title 1 PAC, and he has been a founding member of the NYC Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (nycASID) Steering Committee.

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TONI SMITH-THOMPSON

Founding Member &
“Community & Parent Engagement”
Committee Co-Chai
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Toni Smith-Thompson is a New York City native and parent of three public school children. She has been active in education equity movements since 2011 and currently works as an organizer for the New York Civil Liberties Union where she advocates for social and policy change on education equity issues. She is currently working on efforts to reduce school suspensions and arrest and undo school segregation. In addition, since sparking national debate in 2003 over her protest during the national anthem at college basketball games, Toni has been passionate about the intersection of speech and equity and currently works to support students in exercising their First Amendment right to engage in speech and protest.



 
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SAM ROSALDO

Founding Member &
”Community &
Parent Engagement”
Committee Co-Chair

Sam Rosaldo is a founding member of nycASID and the chair of its Community Engagement workgroup, through which he and others regularly facilitate conversations in homes and schools on the topic of school integration. His teaching career began in 1999 in Long Beach, CA, and continued in District 12 in the Bronx. Since 2008 he has worked for District 79 in the NYC Department of Education, from where he writes, facilitates, and advocates up, down and across the city government in order to support students returning to school from incarceration. He is also the co-host of the Radical Bureaucrat podcast. Sam is proud to call Harlem home since 2004, where he swims in the city and state parks, coaches his sons' Little League teams, and stays engaged with their public schools.

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BECKY FORD

New Member &
“History, Definitions, & Discourse”
Committee Co-Chair

Becky Ford has been a New York City public school teacher in New York City since 2009. She has taught Social Studies and Special Education in a combination of charter schools and traditional district public schools in a variety of school settings in the Bronx and Brooklyn. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in the Teaching of Social Studies at Columbia’s Teachers College. Becky is committed to exploring the intersection of racial justice and Social Studies curricula and is particularly passionate about examining whiteness and how it manifests in schools. She has been a member of nycASID’s Steering Committee since 2019 and she is the co-chair of the History, Definitions, & Discourse Committee.

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NORA MADSEN

New Member &
“nycASID Onboarding” Committee Chair

Nora Madsen is a lifelong New Yorker. She attended public schools in District 2 from k-12. She has been teaching special education at a District 2 high school since 2009. NYC public schools have always been and will continue to be her community, and investing in them will always be her work. She is particularly interested in the overlapping areas of racial justice and disability justice in public education. She has been a member of nycASID since 2018 and she is the founder and chair of the nycASID Onboarding Committee.

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Sophia james

New Member

With 10+ years experience at the state and local level, Sophia has helped guide significant initiatives and policies that affect the quality and efficiency of education services for children and families. She presently oversees the Office of Academic Policy's assessment management system and coordinates collaboration and delivery of products from the Division of Instructional and Information Technology at the NYC Department of Education. She also assisted the Archdiocese of New York in strengthening school partnerships and implementation of UPK curriculum, assessments and professional development in over 60 schools. With interests ranging from education development to innovative tools in technology, Sophia developed Education: Unplugged, a web platform for innovative programs and dialogue in education, as well as an open resource on education initiatives for young children and educators.