Expanded Ethnic Studies Curriculum Launches in Seattle Public Schools

by Ronnie Estoque On Oct. 14, local community members gathered at Hood Famous in the Chinatown-International District to celebrate Filipinx American U.S. History course offerings at the middle and high school level for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) students. Lively music, savory arroz caldo, sweet ube cookies, and calamansi juice nourished event attendees throughout the evening. … Continue reading Expanded Ethnic Studies Curriculum Launches in Seattle Public Schools

OPINION: Organizing for Ethnic Studies in the U.S. — the Time Is Now

by the National Liberated Ethnic Studies Coalition CRT and Ethnic Studies: What’s Really Being Banned? In a panicked reaction to the inclusion of ethnic studies, Black Lives Matter, and other anti-racist curricula in our schools, 28 states are actively opposing social justice content. A recent tweet sent out by conservative “think tank” Texas Public Policy … Continue reading OPINION: Organizing for Ethnic Studies in the U.S. — the Time Is Now

Washington Ethnic Studies Now’s Third Annual Assembly to Take Place April 24

by Ari Robin McKenna The “Washington Ethnic Studies Now (WAESN) 3rd Annual Assembly on Organizing for Ethnic Studies” will be held virtually on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features keynote speaker Dr. Verónica (Vero) Vélez, an organizer, activist, and award-winning professor at University of Western Washington, as well as keynote … Continue reading Washington Ethnic Studies Now’s Third Annual Assembly to Take Place April 24

Tracy Castro-Gill Is Insuppressible, and So Is Ethnic Studies

by Ari Robin McKenna This is the sixth in a series of seven articles about ethnic studies. Find the first five here. On January 30, 2020, during the whir of a work day, the Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Program Manager, Tracy Castro-Gill, was placed on paid administrative leave. She was told she needed to … Continue reading Tracy Castro-Gill Is Insuppressible, and So Is Ethnic Studies

Heather Griffin on Why White Parents Shouldn’t Be Threatened by Ethnic Studies

by Ari Robin McKenna This is the fourth in a series of articles featuring the words of local ethnic studies educators who are doing work to address systemic racism in our classrooms. To read the first, on Amanda Hubbard, click here. To read the second, on Bruce Jackson, click here. To read the third, on … Continue reading Heather Griffin on Why White Parents Shouldn’t Be Threatened by Ethnic Studies

OPINION: Ethnic Studies Could Dismantle Systemic Racism in Our Schools

by Ari Robin McKenna As fresh droves of people grapple more seriously with the slippery concept of systemic racism, now is the time to support the efforts of educators working to mainstream antiracist education. Three years ago, the future of ethnic studies in Seattle Public Schools (SPS) looked assured, after the school board unanimously approved … Continue reading OPINION: Ethnic Studies Could Dismantle Systemic Racism in Our Schools

Ethnic Studies Educator Shraddha Shirude on Giving Math Purpose

by Ari Robin McKenna This is the third in a series of articles featuring the words of local ethnic studies educators who are doing work to address systemic racism in our classrooms. To read the first, click here. To read the second, click here. To read the series intro, click here. Early this past spring … Continue reading Ethnic Studies Educator Shraddha Shirude on Giving Math Purpose

Ethnic Studies Educator Amanda Hubbard Takes Us Above and Beyond the Winner/Loser Binary

by Ari Robin McKenna This is the first in a series of articles featuring the words of local ethnic studies educators who are doing work to address systemic racism in our classrooms. To read the series intro, click here. To Amanda Hubbard, ethnic studies is foundational; it is the basis for effective instruction in the … Continue reading Ethnic Studies Educator Amanda Hubbard Takes Us Above and Beyond the Winner/Loser Binary

Ethnic Studies Educator Bruce Jackson and the Beautiful American Story Never Told

 by Ari Robin McKenna This is the second in a series of articles featuring the words of local ethnic studies educators who are doing work to address systemic racism in our classrooms. To read the first, click here. To read the series intro, click here. When Bruce Jackson was a child, his household was swept up … Continue reading Ethnic Studies Educator Bruce Jackson and the Beautiful American Story Never Told

NEWS GLEAMS: Charleena Lyles Inquest Begins, WAESN Youth Activist Academy, & More

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle! curated by Emerald Editors This weekend, the City of Seattle officially celebrates Juneteenth as a holiday for the first time, based on legislation sponsored by Councilmember Tammy Morales in 2021. Make sure you check out the Emerald’s guides … Continue reading NEWS GLEAMS: Charleena Lyles Inquest Begins, WAESN Youth Activist Academy, & More