As part of a city-wide diversity plan to address school segregation, the New York City Department of Education commissioned WXY to develop an outreach process and plan for middle schools in District 15, which encompasses an area of Brooklyn with a demographically representative population of New York City as a whole.
WXY tailored an extensive public process – the first of its kind in New York City – to ensure all workshops were inclusive and accessible by providing multiple translators, food and childcare. Over five months, more than 500 people participated in four public workshops; 80 meetings were held with stakeholders, from councilmembers to public housing residents; and 800 more people responded to an online survey.
The complexity of school diversity issues—such as student travel patterns and the impacts of admission policies on middle school demographics—required a sensitive and thoughtful approach to data collection and analysis, made legible through engaging graphic design, accessible language, and video animations. The DOE is in the process of implementing many of the recommendations made in the final report.