Inclusion and Anti-Racism in District 97
As we continue to explore culturally-responsive teaching in the wake of recent massive social justice and anti-racism demonstrations, we are reminded that schools are a reflection of our society. Schools provide us with the opportunity to ensure that we support students in growing into their roles as global citizens in our wonderfully diverse democracy.
District 97’s Policy 7:12 (Ensuring Racial and Educational Equity) states:
“District 97 seeks to disrupt societal and historical inequities arising from institutional racism and white supremacy in our schools and eliminate disparities based on student status so that all our students will benefit and reach their potential.”
We believe that education is the most valuable tool to dismantle racism and create a more equitable society. To that end, during the 2020-21 school year, District 97 teachers will implement anti-racist curricula and instruction, aligned to the Social Justice Standards from Teaching Tolerance. We will begin to incorporate age-appropriate materials and lessons designed to reduce bias, support understanding and appreciation of culture, class, language, ethnicity, and other differences that contribute to the uniqueness of each student and staff member, as well as provide opportunities for critical analysis of racism here in the United States and around the world.
The beginning of our work is outlined here, as well as our Anti-Racism fact sheet.
In addition to this framework, there are a myriad of resources that exist to unpack an anti-racist countenance and existence as well as support the delivery of anti-racist curricula. A few can be found here:
- Family Communication (9/3/2020)
- Stamped Family Letter