By Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Over the past year we have been reminded, time and time again, of our individual and collective responsibility to learn--and more importantly to act--to create anti-racist schools where students are loved, seen and supported to reach their full potential.
The central office Teaching, Learning and Leadership team has devoted time each month to learn and review strategies and decisions through an equity lens inspired by our Board Equity Policy, the Equity Lens for decision making, and reading “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.
Over the past two years, Teaching, Learning and Leadership led a process using our Equity Lens to review and adopt new Literacy/Language Arts materials that promote intellectual rigor. The materials will be available in both English and Spanish.
Additionally, assessment rubrics have been developed for essential standards to diminish bias in grading practices.
We acknowledge that many of the foundational elements in the American education system, which includes Highline Public Schools, are built to uphold white supremacy and must be dismantled. The more we learn, the more learning we realize we have to do, and the more we are motivated to take action. We are working to strengthen our ability to identify racist, inequitable, problematic structures and strategies that currently exist and prevent new ones from being implemented.
We need your help! If you have thoughts you would like to share about a districtwide teaching and learning structure or approach, we encourage you to complete this Google Form.