The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity recognizes the global community that makes up Los Angeles, as well as the entirety of America. In this moment, we believe it is possible to uplift the voices of the Black community and celebrate Black History, while also acknowledging the ongoing struggle and pain endured by our Asian community. In this moment, we challenge our school communities to do both.
Below, please find some Advisory Lessons that may assist in supporting the dialogue arouund Anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
COVID-19 & Anti-Asian Racism - Encourages students to use critical thinking to explore the correlation between Anti-Asian racism in the US and the the terminology used by politicians and the media.
Xeno What? - Introduce the students to the concept of Xenphobia and provide space for reflection about Xenophobia in America right now.
Asking for Help - Promoting help seeking behavior
Let's Talk About Feelings - Normalizing feelings
Loving Yourself - Promoting self esteem and postive body image
Please find resources below for discussing the current violent Anti-Asian climate in our country, as well as how to incorporate the Asain community into your Anti-Racism work.
It is critical that as educators we recognize that Black history did not begin with slavery. Black people around the world wrote their own incredible histories long before colonization and slavery. This history deserves to be taught along with all of the amazing histories Black people have written since. Additionally, we have a responsiblity to teach about the profound, lasting impact that slavery has had on Black people, culture and history. We must celebrate Black excellence and achievements, and acknowledge the inequity in the systems of oppression that have been created. And most of all, we must do it all year long. Black history is world history and should not be limited to being taught during the shortest month of the year.
Please check out the following Advisory Lessons created to honor Black History.
Please note, you are welcome to teach these lessons all throughout the year.
This lesson invites students to learn about Black history as world history - specifically reviewing the ancient African kingdoms and empires.
This lesson introduces students to Civil Rights Activist Fred Hampton. Students will learn about Fred Hampton's desire to bring peace to the city of Chicago and reflect on why this activist is not taught about in history class.
This lesson will introduce students to the first Black Astronaut, Guion Bluford.
This lesson will introduce students to acting legend, Cicely Tyson. Students will be encouraged to reflect on Cicely's courage and groundbreaking impact on the television and filim industrys.
This lesson will introduce students to the National Youth Poet Laureate while encouraging them to reflect on overcoming challenges and dreaming of accomplishing their goals.
Black History Month Resources
Thank you to those who joined us for the We are One Virtual Open House!
We had a fantastic turnout of LAUSD educators and staff who are ready to engage our school communities. We cannot wait to share when our next open house will occur! For more information please join the Schoology group for LAUSD employees titled Standing with Black Students, Staff and Families. Email us for more information!
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