Here are some excellent events, actions and initiatives you can support in honor of this day:
- Tomorrow on Saturday, June 20, 2pm, there is an online event co-hosted by MDUSD Parents for Multicultural Education: in honor of Juneteenth to hear speakers' personal stories and lived wisdom about celebrating Blackness, advocating for representation, and taking action to elevate Black history, culture, community and power. We welcome you; don't forget to register! Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87669316520
- A new group has begun in Walnut Creek, called RiseUpWalnutCreek.org. They held an event yesterday at Valle Verde Elementary School, to announce their Antiracist Book Fund initiative. #BlackLivesMatter
Educate yourself and your kids: PBS blog on Juneteeth, the documentary 13th - an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality, a video of "How Wealthy Was Black Wall Street?"
MDUSD Unanimously Approved Board Equity Policy and Resolution Condemning Racism
Did you know that on June 8th, MDUSD approved: Resolution 19/20-68: Condemning Violence, Racism, and Injustice and Reaffirming Equity and Humanity as Central Guiding Principles and Equity Policy BP0415?
This was made possible by your support. In #Gratitude:
To the Mt. Diablo Unified School District students who spoke their truth and brainstormed solutions at that school board meeting,
To School Board President Brian Lawrence who created the space for those student voices and strongly supported placing two equity items on the agenda,
To the amazing principals, teachers, students and parents who wrote to us with their stories of the deep anti racist work they have been doing for years in our schools,
To Equity Director Jorge Melgoza and Communications Director Austin Breidenthal who spent hours with me drafting both a resolution to condemn racism and a new board equity policy,
To Willie James Mims of NAACP East County Branch who gave important feedback on the resolution and equity policy wording,
To Marcie Oliver Brown and Omega Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for endorsing the policy and partnering with MDUSD,
To my colleagues on our school board who all unanimously voted and spoke in support of both the resolution to condemn racism and the equity policy,
Thank you. This was an important first step in our district’s journey of dismantling the institutional racism that exists in our schools.
Each of you gives me hope that together we can and will do the hard work that it takes to truly ensure our black students, staff and families feel safe, welcome, respected, and supported to success in our education system.
Anti-racist Resources for Educators and Parents to move policy into action
So how will we enact those important policies? One immediate way is in planning for the fall opening of school. Another is in the specifics of how teachers act within their classrooms. Here are two resources to get started.
Equity Guidance for Schools - Are you giving input to the MDUSD task forces for fall planning? Check out this excellent resource for specific tools to use an Equity Lens in that process!
It is chock full of actionable ready to use tools & samples including:
- scheduling for equity
- how to facilitate courageous conversations
- SEL through a race equity lens with strategies for system leaders to take action
- culturally responsive distance learning strategies for educators
- Equity data walk for community
- two way multilingual communication
- planning protocols for supporting students with disabilities
And much more.
- "What anti-racist teachers do differently" - an Atlantic article
School Board meeting June 22nd
Here is the agenda for Monday’s school board meeting. This agenda includes a draft of the 2020-21 MDUSD budget, a Public Hearing and Adoption of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Plan and Annual Budget, renewal contracts for iReady and AVID, and more.
At the top of the agenda it shows how to submit a public comment. You don’t need to wait until the live meeting. (I recommend submitting before 3pm on Monday) Either:
- send an email at BoardComments@mdusd.org - all email messages are received by all board members, and recorded on the board action summaries for that meeting, or
- leave a voicemail message at (801) 228-0093 - all voicemails are played live during the meeting
Visit https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes for all board agendas, videos, and action summaries.
Find the MDUSD Friday letter June 12th here, which included details on Task Forces, Equity, and Campus Safety Hotline.
Enjoy #Juneteenth celebrations, and stay safe and masked out there!