From very early ages, children notice differences in race and other aspects of identity. As they get older, they experience and notice the role of race and identity in society. Naturally, questions and discussions about race and identity come up in the classroom.
To support teachers in addressing these questions, we are working with educators and families to define instruction on race and identity in our schools. In January and February 2018, over 200 family members, staff and students gave input at community meetings, and a few schools piloted race and identity instruction in the 2018-19 school year.
This year, we are working to develop a systemwide approach to instruction on race and identity, starting with our pilot schools: Hazel Valley, Marvista, McMicken Heights, and Mount View elementary schools. At these schools, staff work together to support their own learning first and then work with students, guided by content in the Social Justice Standards from Teaching Tolerance.
Join us for a race and identity stakeholder input session. Participants will learn about the work to date and contribute community voice to the work moving forward. The first meeting will be open-house style; participants can drop by for any portion of the session that is convenient. Interpretation services will be provided.
Wednesday, October 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Office Board Room