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Critical Race Theory in ACPS
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If you care about what our students are being taught about racism in our schools please read the below email from the Henley School Principal, submit your feedback/questions via the link in the email and attend the meeting on Thursday to speak up. The more they hear what we think the better

Good afternoon, Henley Families,

          Now this is the kind of weather that makes Stage 4 even better than it normally is! We hope you are having a great week.

          For some time now, we have been updating our families about our Courageous Conversations about Race (CCAR) professional development with our staff. After building our capacity as a staff, we would like to bring students into the conversation in Advisory. A lot has happened in our country in the last year and we believe it is our responsibility to create safe spaces for students to process, with their peers and classmates, what is happening on the national, state, and local landscape. We will follow school board policy as faciliators of these conversations. I am including the policy here. http://esb.k12albemarle.org/Reference_Li...s//INB.pdf


          Next week we will start our CCAR curriculum and continue through a series of concepts: identity, community, culture, bias, racism, and anti-racism. The lessons will culminate in a discovery and study of ACPS's anti-racism policy here http://esb.k12albemarle.org/Reference_Li...s//ACC.pdf


We do not aim to be political; rather, we want students to learn more about themselves, their community, their place in their community, and the world around them through the lens of being a student in an anti-racist school community. Our lessons align with Albemarle County curriculum.

          We understand that families may have questions and/or be curious about the curriculum and how they can reinforce our teaching and learning at home. Our Diversity Resource Teachers (DRTs) and the admin team will be available on Thursday for our next Coffee w Costa (5:00 pm, link below my signature) to talk through these lessons prior to next week. In advance we'd like to provide you with the Scope and Sequence of the lessons and some family resources that you may find helpful. Here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jHdX...9Oi58/edit


          As you look over the resources provided, please submit any feedback, questions, or topics that you would like addressed on Thursday HERE. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQ...g/viewform



It is helpful to have some idea about what's on your minds prior to getting started.

          Lastly, I wanted to add that the concepts in the lessons are the same in grades 6-8; however, grade 8 is piloting lessons created by all of the DRTs in the middle school and grade 6-7 are following along with lessons created at Henley, but they are not necessarily doing the same activities as the 8th graders. Our long term goal is to build out this CCAR curriculum in all of the grades and this gives us an opportunity to get feedback on the lessons from all of our stakehlolders.

          I know that's a lot to process, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions and I hope to see you on Thursday. If you cannot attend, the forum will be recorded and posted. Thanks so much!



Best,

Beth Costa. principal

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Thank you for posting this, Fontini75. I don’t have children in schools but am following the CRT & Transgender issues our schoolchildren are being exposed to. I’m planning to attend @ least part of the 5pm meeting on Thursday, now that you’ve brought it to my attention.
If you’re interested in talking points on CRT in Virginia schools, below is a link to the Family Foundation’s excellent short video on it. Family Foundation has also sued the state DOE over transgender policies in Virginia schools. I put a link to that below as well in case you’re interested.
Please do continue to post future communications on public school curriculum changes as you receive them! My email is: muirnancy@gmail.com
https://www.familyfoundation.org/blog-po...1+Virginia

https://www.familyfoundation.org/blog-po...ia-schools

Nancy Muir
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Has anyone left a comment/feedback on the policy yet? I don't even know where to start. Looking for words...
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Another perspective: Watch Glenn Loury Call 'Anti-Racism's' Bluff (thefederalist.com)
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(04-21-2021, 11:28 AM)Sarahbelle Wrote: Has anyone left a comment/feedback on the policy yet? I don't even know where to start. Looking for words...

We will be and actually have spoken with the school about this in the past. One big thing to highlight is that this IS political whether they are trying to BE political or not. Another is that it causes an unsafe and stressful environment for kids who come from families that object to this type of divisive instruction and that it is telling them what to think (not how to think) about a HIGHLY controversial topic. Instead of having kids be able to focus on learning, this is making school a place where kids feel anxious. The school is discounting the moral and belief systems of a large portion of their student and family populations. This curriculum is not within the scope of what public education is meant to teach. This type of curriculum encourages racial divisions, promotes collective guilt and promotes segregation by forcing students to identify with something they do not even consider part of their character.  This opens up students who disagree to harassment from their peers and teachers alike. So many things are wrong with this

(04-21-2021, 02:50 AM)Muirnancy Wrote: Thank you for posting this, Fontini75.  I don’t have children in schools but am following the CRT & Transgender issues our schoolchildren are being exposed to.  I’m planning to attend @ least part of the 5pm meeting on Thursday, now that you’ve brought it to my attention. 
If you’re interested in talking points on CRT in Virginia schools, below is a link to the Family Foundation’s excellent short video on it.  Family Foundation has also sued the state DOE over transgender policies in Virginia schools.  I put a link to that below as well in case you’re interested.
Please do continue to post future communications on public school curriculum changes as you receive them!  My email is: muirnancy@gmail.com
https://www.familyfoundation.org/blog-po...1+Virginia

https://www.familyfoundation.org/blog-po...ia-schools

Nancy Muir

Thank you
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