Students from Highline and Mount Rainier High Schools have joined a national campaign calling on school districts to "encourage a productive dialogue on race and identity among our student bodies."
Highline High School senior Diem Nguyen writes in a letter in the B-Town Blog, "In light of recent events, the prominent anti-Blackness in America and the lack of proper education on these critical issues in public schools is clear."
Highline's updated Equity, Race and Identity Policy aligns with this campaign. Our Instruction on Race and Identity procedure states that students in grades K through12, will "learn key ideas from a variety of perspectives to understand the why and how race and identity play a role in shaping our society."
Instruction on race and identity cultivates a positive sense of identity, encourages students to confront racial and ethnic injustice, and prepares them to live and work together in a diverse world.
"Like everything we teach in schools, teaching about race and identity is an art that one develops through training and experience," says Director of Secondary Langauge Learning Shajaira Lopez, who leads this work. "Highline is committed to providing staff and administrators with professional development and resources to build their capacity, and we want our families to be engaged in the process, bringing a wide range of cultural backgrounds and perspectives to support this instruction for all students."
When we choose new materials, our curriculum adoption teams and oversight committee follow a process to ensure materials are representative of our community. The current language arts team is engaged in this process now, and the community will soon have opportunities for input.