At a recent Davis school board meeting, over 20 students, teachers and parents called for Davis Joint Unified School District to join neighboring Woodland Joint Unified and thirty other California school districts in implementing comprehensive Ethnic Studies in Davis’ diverse K-12 classrooms.
We are a new coalition of students, parents, teachers and educators inviting members of the Davis community to join us in making Davis schools more inclusive and equitable for all our communities. We support Ethnic Studies for all Davis students and training for teachers and staff to ensure students from marginalized communities are safe, supported and included in our schools.
Ethnic Studies provides a more historically accurate and inclusive framework for learning critical thinking and problem solving, civic and cultural awareness, and collaboration. These are all skills integral to the recently developed Graduate Profile for DJUSD students. It serves as a bridge from the past to a more inclusive and just future, free from institutionalized racism, implicit bias, and xenophobia. If we are not actively and openly talking about racial differences, starting at an early age, we are contributing to what divides us.
When we teach through an Ethnic Studies lens, schools build their capacity to educate all learners effectively. Everyone benefits when all students and families are valued and affirmed for who they are. Studies show that kids thrive when they see themselves reflected in the curriculum. For example, a 2016 Stanford University study showed that ethnic studies courses helped high school students increase their educational outcomes, attendance and credits earned.
Please join us in bringing 21st-century, cutting-edge Ethnic Studies to our schools and helping our students better prepare to live in a multicultural, globalized society. Call for a resolution. To sign up for information join our mailing list here: http://bit.ly/JoinCIDS or find us on Facebook: Creating Inclusive Davis Schools.
Submitted by: Anoosh Jorjorian, Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Emily Henderson, Lolita Echeverría-Greco, Juliette Beck and Justine Villanueva
Founding Members of Creating Inclusive Davis Schools