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Administrators

Students Speak Out: California Educators Host First-ever Statewide Talk About Institutional Racism

On Wednesday afternoon, June 18th, over 300 California educators, parents, and students tuned into Facebook Live to hear high school students speak honestly about their own experiences of racism, implicit bias, and trauma at school. The “Student Support Circle: Institutional Racism and Implicit Bias,” was co-hosted by the California Department of Education and the National

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Highlights of California’s 2020-2021 Education Budget

The California state legislature recently passed a budget for 2020-2021 and sent it to the governor for signing. Highlights for social-emotional learning include the following [emphasis added in places]: In lieu of a full Local Control Accountability Plan, by Sept. 30 districts must do a Learning Continuity and Attendance plan describing how they will respond

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Communities

Santa Ana Unified School District Creates Ethnic Studies Requirement

Following police brutality protests in local cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Santa Ana Unified is the first school district in the country to create an ethnic studies course that will be a graduation requirement in 2022. The requirement is something for which members of the community have voiced support. Educators, parents and

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Administrators

What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently

by Pirette McKamey, the first black principal of Mission High School in San Francisco, CA Ask black students who their favorite teacher is, and they will joyfully tell you. Ask them what it is about their favorite teacher, and most will say some version of this: They know how to work with me. So much

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“How Should I Talk About Race in My Mostly White Classroom?”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 72 percent of Californians identify as white. Many of the state’s schools are bound to be filled with mostly white classrooms, led by mostly white teaching staffs. How can these schools, and the communities that house them, hold productive dialogs about race? The Anti-Defamation League offers seven strategies to guide

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Santa Barbara Works to Prevent Rise of Teen Suicides During the Pandemic

Frann Wageneck, the assistant superintendent of Student Services at the Santa Barbara Unified School District, set out to conquer the silent beast. Shedding the stigma around depression by integrating social-emotional learning into schools became her mission. The number of teen suicide attempts began to drop once the district rolled out the Signs of Suicide (SOS)

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Communities

Rutgers University Study: Black Teens Suffer Depressive Symptoms From Daily Racism

Black teens experience over five incidences of discrimination daily — mainly online. According to a Rutgers University study, the experience of daily racial discrimination can lead to negative mental health effects, The study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, examined how often black teens experience racial discrimination each day – either personally or

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