tudents of color now the majority, but work remains to ensure culturally relevant materials

educationdive | February 21, 2019

The Baltimore City Public Schools, the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, and the School District of Philadelphia are among those working to revamp curriculum materials so they are more relevant to the diverse groups of students in their schools, according to a report released Thursday by Chiefs for Change.The report from the nonprofit network of state and district superintendents says too many books and other instructional materials lack information about or feature people of color, or they “reinforce exclusively negative experiences such as police brutality and incarceration — without commensurate attention to the triumphs and contributions of cultural minorities.” The report recommends that districts work with curriculum experts to review existing materials and replace outdated, low-quality texts and resources with culturally relevant and standards-aligned materials. It also urges districts to provide professional development related to newly adopted materials and work with colleges of education to ensure future teachers receive training in cultural relevance.

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