On March 16, 2021, Black Parallel School Board hosted a highly informative web presentation featuring teachers from the Sacramento Unified School District (SCUSD).
Ethnic Studies is a 9th grade graduation requirement in SCUSD, and the panel of teachers eloquently explained their own educational experiences and how the Ethnic Studies framework is different from the traditional social studies and history frameworks.
Watch the video below, and we promise you’ll be enlightened by what the teachers share and what they explain about the purpose of Ethnic Studies.
Presentation on Ethnic Studies Held March 16, 2021
Curriculum as Counter-Narrative
Curriculum from the perspectives of people of color
Structural analysis of racism and colonialism that works toward dismantling multiple forms of oppression
Reclaiming Cultural Identities
Deep knowledge of where students come from that challenges deculturalizing processes; learning about the historical contributions of their communities
Intersectionality and Multiplicity
Attending to students’ multiple social identities and their positions within intersecting relations of power
Community-based pedagogies and experiences that bridge classrooms to community and social movements
Pedagogy That Is Culturally Responsive and Mediated
Drawing upon students’ lived experiences and sociocultural environments; intentional design of learning spaces
Students as Intellectuals
Respecting and fostering students’ curiosity, thinking, and intellectualism
Educate Yourself About Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies courses help students develop a better understanding of the world around them, and learn how to interact with people different from themselves.
The pedagogy of ethnic studies draws upon students lived experiences in social cultural environments. Ethnic Studies courses cultivate critical thinking, civic engagement, and the ability to reflect on one’s own life story within the context of a broader historical narrative.
BPSB invites you to learn about Ethnic Studies and support Ethnic Studies teachers and their students.
Talk to Ethnic Studies teachers and visit their classes to learn what it is being taught and what students are learning.
Read positive articles and books about Ethnic Studies, and learn about the purpose, framework, and pedagogy of the discipline. Don’t let the media make conclusions about Ethnic Studies for you.
Attend SCUSD Board meetings and express your support of Ethnic Studies and why you think such courses are important to the education of your children.
Attend Black Parallel School Board meetings on first the Saturday of each month, and share what you have learned about Ethnic Studies.
If you are a parent or student, think about becoming an Ethnic Studies teacher.
The Black Parallel School Board meets the first Saturday of each, from 10-12pm.
Each of our meetings are packed with information and discussion about important issues impacting the education of African American children in and outside the Sacramento Unified School Distract.
Each meeting concludes with a community input from participants who share announcements and important information and feedback.