NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework

  • New York State Education Department
    Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework


    In 2018, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) issued the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework. The Framework was designed "to support education stakeholders in developing and implementing policies that educate all students effectively and equitably, as well as provide appropriate supports and services to promote positive student outcomes." While recognizing that the work envisioned by this framework was already taking place in many school districts and would inevitably look different in different places, NYSED made clear that the promulgation of the CR-S Education Framework "reflects the State’s commitment to improving learning results for all students by creating well developed, culturally responsive-sustaining, equitable systems of support for achieving dramatic gains in student outcomes."


    In April 2021, the New York Board of Regents released a draft framework and "call to action for all schools in New York State to develop policies that advance diversity, equity and inclusion as a priority in their schools." In May 2021, the Board of Regents followed up by releasing a "Policy on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion," stating that "the Board expects that all school districts and institutions of higher education will develop and implement policies and practices that advance diversity, equity and inclusion – and that they will implement such policies and practices with fidelity and urgency."


    In June 2021, the NY Board of Regents and NYSED published a guide for implementation of the CR-S Education Framework as well as six CR-S Framework "briefs" to highlight the important concepts of the CR-S Framework and to provide a resource to educators, administrators, parents/caregivers, community members and students.


    Below you will find links to all of the documents described above. Questions regarding the CR-S materials can be directed to NYSED's Office of Curriculum and Instruction at emscurric@nysed.gov.


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