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    Black Lives Matter 2017-2018
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    Greetings Maverick Families:

    I am writing to let you know about the Black Lives Matter and Ethnic Studies Week at McClure next week. 
     
    Background

    Seattle Public Schools serves approximately 55,000 students that are diverse in every way. One of the biggest issues of our time is the unacceptable educational disparities between white and African American students in the district. 
     
    Educators, families, community members and students across the city share a commitment to eliminate this inequity and to ensure that all students achieve greatness in every way. The first week of February, educators across the country are marking “Black Lives Matter in School” to take a stand for social justice. A partnership of Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Working Group, the Seattle Education Association’s Center for Race and Equity, and representatives of the Seattle-King County NAACP is proud to offer lessons to help their students understand the issues that matter to the lives of African American students. Lessons will cover topics like the history of the institutional racism and the BLM movement, examining black literature and biographies of people of color in the fields of math and science.
     
    Goals and Purpose

    Overall, the Black Lives Matter in School lessons aim to:
    • Reflect the lived experiences of students, families, and friends
    • Help students understand inequities based on race
    • Affirm that the lives of people of color matter
    • Promote the belief that we all have a responsibility to work for equity as a core ideal
     
    Themes of the Lessons

    This year, educators from many cities are observing a Nationwide Black Lives Matter Week in Schools. The Seattle Education Association has endorsed the event. In their announcement, the SEA cites TeachingforChange.org, in pointing out "the goal of Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities for people of all ages to engage with critical issues of racial justice."  
     
    Teachers have been collaboratively preparing developmentally appropriate lessons to serve our students at McClure. They look forward to providing a safe and focused space to explore the topics listed above.  Also, rest assured, at McClure learning about ethnic studies, racism and responses to social injustices throughout history is not a one-week commitment.  We are participating in this nationwide focus this week, but our staff is also dedicated to weaving multiple perspectives, voices and experiences throughout their curriculum allowing our young students intentional time to think about complex and important issues in their world and their role in addressing them. Please take some time this week to follow up with your McClure student about his/her learning about racism, equity and tolerance.  
     
    Sincerely,
    Principal Conner