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SDSU-COE - Diálogos Virtuales: "Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching Ethnic Studies"
Increased interest in anti-racist education has motivated the rapidly growing but politically contentious adoption of ethnic-studies (ES) courses in U.S. public schools. A long-standing rationale for ES courses is that their emphasis on culturally relevant and critically engaged content (e.g., social justice, anti-racism, stereotypes, contemporary social movements) has potent effects on student engagement and outcomes. Our research examining the San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) 9th grade pilot ES course provides the first causal evidence of the positive short- and longer-term effects of ES on student’s academic outcomes. In this session we will discuss the contextual and conceptual background for the development of SFUSD’s ES course and its continued growth. We will also discuss the genesis and evolution of our ES research through a robust Research Practice Partnership (RPP) with the SFUSD. This session will include key insights about the instructional evolution of the ES course and challenges relevant to the successful scale-up and replication in other contexts. We will conclude with a framework for integrating an improvement science mindset (i.e., a supported and recursive cycle of development, implementation, and evaluation) into the expansion of ES in other locations across the country and situating ES in a space of practice rather than as a “culture war” political battle.

Mar 21, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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