While the debate still continues to make ethnic studies courses a graduation requirement for California high schools, the Sacramento Unified School District, starting in 2017, made Ethnic Studies a requirement for all 9th grade students.
According to SCUSD, the Ethnic Studies requirement pushes forward the district's "stance on providing students with a diverse, inclusive, and innovative social science curriculum."
The Black Parallel School Board views the ethnic studies requirement as a significant and long overdue step forward for multicultural education and cultural representation in diverse school populations.
The growth and importance of these courses also depend on parents and the wider community understanding the significance of ethnic studies courses, and that's why we are hosting an online webinar that will feature ethnic studies teachers from SCUSD high schools, including Hiram Johnson, Burbank, McClatchy, and John F. Kennedy. The invited panel of teachers are very passionate about the importance of Ethnic Studies and they agreed to share what they are doing in their classes, and how ethnic studies is different from traditional social studies courses.
We invite you to join us for what will be a rich and informative panel of presentations, followed by a Q&A.