July 21 virtual colloquium to discuss ethnic studies and the California curriculum model – OECD Newsroom
A panel of education leaders will define ethnic studies and discuss California’s model curriculum in an online forum presented by the Orange County Department of Education.
Hosted by Orange County Superintendent Dr Al Mijares, the event titled “With Freedom and Justice for All: A Symposium on Ethnic Studies” will take place from 2 pm to 3:30 pm on Wednesday, July 21.
Educators, school administrators, students, parents and community members who wish to participate are encouraged to register in advance for https://link.ocde.us/colloquium
The forum is free, open to the general public, and presented as part of a three-day California MTSS Professional Institute hosted by the OECD, the Butte County Office of Education, and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. The virtual conference, aligned with the theme “Know me, include me”, aims to equip educators with practices that support the academic, behavioral and socio-emotional success of all students.
Ethnic Studies has been defined as the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity in the United States, with an emphasis on the experiences of people of color. Advocates believe that by affirming the identities, struggles, and contributions of historically under-represented groups, students from all walks of life can broaden their perspectives and better see themselves and their peers as part of the history of states. -United.
In March, the California Board of Education unanimously approved the first-ever model curriculum for ethnic studies after four drafts and more than 100,000 public comments over four years. Although the curriculum is not mandatory, it presents ideas and examples that districts can consider if they choose to develop their own ethnic studies programs, as some in Orange County have already done. .
Meanwhile, state legislation that would make ethnic studies a requirement for graduation is under consideration. If passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, the bill known as AB 101 would require all districts in California to develop and offer an ethnic studies course by 2025-2026 and make it a requirement for graduation by 2030.
For more information, read the OECD’s Five Questions (and Answers) on Ethnic Studies.