From the FCPS website (link below): "...FCPS is analyzing and addressing the beliefs and policies that inform what is taught in schools. The school division is beginning the process by revising the existing Controversial Issues Policy (Policy 3280.3) and developing a new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy."
FCPS is now conducting a survey to determine what should be in the new policy, and they promise to hold focus groups with "stakeholders" to solicit input.
The District is partnering with "The Leadership Academy" as a consultant on revision of the policy. I have included some links to some of their materials, and what FCPS might expect to see. This includes (from Leadership Academy Materials lined below):
- "First, recognize your privilege in this country – race, class, culture. What has this privilege afforded you? Do you have standards for how people should interact and behave that are based on white culture, therefore alienating standards from other cultures? Do you have beliefs that are limiting your ability to see, hear and embrace others who do not look, talk or act like you?"
- "... However, there a multitude of covert, socially acceptable acts of white supremacy happening in our school systems and as a system leader, you must examine and continue the necessary anti-racist work:
Curriculum: How are major racial and cultural events depicted (i.e. slavery, the Holocaust, the Civil Rights movement)? Is significant time given to the stories and experience of a variety of races? Can students choose books that are representative of their culture and experiences?
Access: Are students being disproportionately recommended to special education but not to honors and AP classes? Are there opportunities for bias that may be limiting students of color from being recommended to honors and AP classes?
Engagement: Are you offering a variety of ways for families to engage with schools? Are community-based organizations partners in district decision-making? Is student activism encouraged and supported?
Resources: Are the schools serving the neediest students receiving the necessary resources to be successful? Are there policies in place to encourage high-performing teachers to teach in the neediest schools? Are there initiatives in place to recruit and retain teachers and leaders of color?"
Submitted: May 06, 2021