As SEA continues its strategic imperative of creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community, we realized there was an increasing need to institute a set of practices designed to teach and empower our students on how to recognize, respond to and counter forms of everyday as well as structural racism.
After reviewing available racial literacy curriculums, we settled on Pollyanna, a grade-by-grade level curriculum employing concepts from history, language arts, science, geography — and with STEAM extensions — supporting students in acquiring an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism.
The work navigates historical perspectives on race, culture, and inequity in the U.S. through the lens of groups and individuals whose stories have been hidden throughout history. It is designed to help students gain knowledge about race as it has been constructed in the United States, and aims to help students acquire a positive identity and an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism.
The Parent/Guardian Companion Guide provides an in-depth overview of each unit featured in the Racial Literacy Curriculum, recommends questions and conversation suggestions for parents and guardians to facilitate dialogue at home that centers on race, culture, and identity, and suggests reading and viewing material to enhance racial literacy. Serving to bridge the classroom and home, this Companion Guide will encourage teachers, parents and guardians to work together to best support their children’s growth.
Be on the lookout for the SEA Pollyanna parent group, coming to you later this fall!