Instruction on Race and Identity
Students in Highline Public Schools learn about race and identity as part of their K-12 learning
All Highline students are engaged in Instruction on Race and Identity (IRI). This is part of School Board Policy 0010: Equity, Race and Identity and supports our equity strategy because it helps cultivate positive identity formation, encourages students to confront racial injustice and prepares them to live and work in a diverse world.
As part of this instruction, students in grades K-12 learn about identity, diversity, justice and action--with the goal of developing the knowledge and skills related to both prejudice reduction and collective action. Students also learn content from a variety of perspectives to understand why and how race and identity play a role in shaping our society.
Instruction on Race and Identity helps cultivate positive identity formation, encourages students to confront racial and ethnic injustice, and prepares them to live and work together in a diverse world. To help do this, the Instruction on Race & Identity Task Force created a heritage month calendar for teachers and families to use.
Heritage month acknowledgements provide teachers and families with a framework to elevate the many contributions made by Black, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Latinx, Asian, Middle Easterners, LGBTQ, and other groups of people seldomly highlighted in traditional education curriculum. These are times not only to celebrate, but also to educate students on various groups' histories, contributions to U.S. History, and current contributions.