Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Instruction on Race and Identity

Students in Highline Public Schools learn about race and identity as part of their K-12 learning

Instruction on Race and Identity is part of School Board Policy 0010: Equity, Race and Identity,  adopted by the School Board in November 2019. From grades K through12, students learn key ideas from a variety of perspectives to understand why and how race and identity play a role in shaping our society. While this is not new in Highline, we have recently aligned this instruction with the Social Justice Standards developed by Teaching Tolerance. 

This instruction is intended to prepare students to live and work with others in a diverse world. It acknowledges the fact and impact of racism in our nation. It does not advance any particular ideology or political perspective.

Every student in Highline will participate in conversations, activities and lessons that address some or all of the following topics: relationship-building, uncovering injustices, identity and diversity, and taking action. This instruction is designed to involve families, who hold a wide range of cultural backgrounds and perspectives. 

The curriculum is developed in collaboration with families and communities through a community advisory council made up of students, families, and community members who join the Instruction on Race and Identity design team two to three times per year to provide feedback on all components of the curriculum. Full implementation is projected for Fall 2023.

Implementation Plan

The Instruction on Race and Identity Implementation Plan includes input gathered from convenings of 200+ community members, students and staff during the 2017-18 school year, and recommendations made by the Instruction on Race and Identity Advisory Council that met during the fall and winter of the 2018-19 school year. Input from the superintendent’s cabinet and the Teaching, Learning and Leadership administrator team has further refined recommendations.