We believe that Black Lives Matter. We grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, and countless more whose lives have been lost to the systemic racism, police brutality, and unjust violence inflicted on Black communities in America. We commit to listening to and honoring the voices of those who have been marginalized, and to reflect on our teaching and learning practices for ourselves, our students, and our communities.
In accordance with NNJOSA’s Mission Statement, we will “provide a forum for the continued growth and understanding of Orff Schulwerk that reflects the diversity in contemporary American society,” and hope that you will join us in unity. In conjunction with local AOSA Chapters, including resources shared by NYCCAOSA, we will provide professional development, literature, websites, and information on organizations that reflect diversity, equity, and anti-racist teaching practices.