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Glendale Unified School District Convenes Working Group to Ensure Culturally Relevant and Responsive Education

 

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Glendale Unified School District


Media Contact:
GUSD Public Information Office
Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Distribution Date: June 23, 2020 

 

Glendale Unified School District Convenes Working Group to Ensure Culturally Relevant and Responsive Education


GLENDALE, CA – Glendale Unified School District is convening a working group focused on providing culturally relevant and responsive education for all students. The group will be made up of students, teachers, school and district administrators and staff, parents/guardians, and community members. Key areas of focus will include, but are not limited to, eliminating bias in curricula and educational materials; providing professional development to ensure culturally competent, anti-biased leadership; actively recruiting a more diverse workforce; monitoring student discipline data to ensure students of color are not disproportionately penalized; and continuing the use of Restorative Practices to build community, strengthen school culture, and repair relationships.


In January, the Glendale Unified Board of Education adopted a resolution Recognizing the Rich Culture, Contributions, and Value of our African American Students and Community Members. As part of that resolution, the district committed to intentionally work to eliminate bias in curricula and classroom cultures. Last year, the district sponsored cultural performances from the Music Center, providing each school with an opportunity to celebrate culture and diversity through the arts. Additionally, the district hosted two Student Voice Panel discussions, giving high school students a platform to share their experiences and provide ideas to develop more inclusive campus communities. Students, parents, and guardians have collaborated with school and district administrators to create meaningful ways to actively combat bias in our schools and community, including engaging school stakeholders in courageous conversations about race, starting social justice reading groups, and organizing live and virtual community protests. Beginning this year, Glendale Unified is collaborating with the USC Race and Equity Center and the Los Angeles County Office of Education to provide professional development for school and district leaders, teachers, and staff to eliminate implicit bias.


“Our Board of Education is committed to providing safe schools where every student can learn and thrive,” said Board President Dr. Armina Gharpetian. “This commitment has become the driving force for our words to become actions at all of our school sites and in our entire community as a whole.”


“In Glendale Unified schools, we embrace diversity, focus on equity, and guarantee safety to accelerate learning and increase pathways for every student,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian. “We look forward to collaborating with our various community agencies to expand on our district’s commitment to building stronger relationships and engaging in courageous conversations about race and equity with students, parents/guardians, and each other.”


For further information, please email Kristine Nam or call the Public Information Office at (818) 241-3111 x1218.


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