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    Ethnic Studies Task Force

    In response to a resolution by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in January 2017, Seattle Public Schools began work to expand and improve ethnic studies in the curriculum of its schools. 

    In June, a combined citizen and staff task force began work to 1) develop recommendations for ethnic studies in Seattle Public Schools, 2) evaluate the status of ethnic studies currently being taught in its schools, and 3) form a working group to begin to develop ethnic studies curriculum. 

    In the June 2 and June 17 task force meetings, work to define what ethnic studies in Seattle Public Schools, as well as drafting of recommendations took place. After the meeting, the recommendations were sent out electronically to the task force for review and approval. See materials from the June 2 and June 17 meetings: handoutsreflections and June 2 presentation

    The Seattle School Board unanimously passed a resolution in support of ethnic studies on its June 28th meeting.

    We will post the resulting curriculum in progress from the teacher work group, as well as agendas and materials from future task force meetings.

    Teaching Ethnic Studies in Seattle Public Schools

    Seattle Public Schools strongly believes that its curriculum must represent ALL the peoples of the United States, especially those who have been historically marginalized. Our firm conviction is that students whose history and heritage is respected, appreciated and celebrated will learn better and attain positive outcomes. Whether incorporated into general coursework or taught as the exploration of individual communities, ethnic studies have positive benefits to every Seattle student. Read about the teaching of ethnic studies in Seattle Public Schools

    Meeting Minutes, Agendas & Other Files

    News & Announcements

    • 04/04/2017

      Seeking Members for Ethnic Studies Task Force

      In response to interest expressed by Seattle Public Schools educators and the local community, including a January 2017 resolution by the NAACP, Seattle Public Schools is forming a task force to strengthen ethnic studies instruction and curriculum in grades 9-12. Help inform and shape this important work by applying to join the task force by April 21.