Parent volunteers Erin Lipsker and Cyndi Parris have spent the last year hosting listening sessions for caregivers and family members of students of color who attend Spokane Public Schools. Last week they had an op-ed published in The Spokesman-Review about the need to provide diversity, equity, and inclusion training for teachers across our state. I hope you'll check it out.
During the public hearing for SB 5044 — recently approved legislation that will bring DEI training to districts across the state — Erin and Cyndi both submitted testimonies about the harm caused when school cultures lack avenues to address and heal from the impacts of systemic and everyday racism.
As they write in their essay, “racism in the classroom manifests most often when a teacher does not have the tools or skills to address a child’s traumatic racial experience at school.”
At Stand, we are encouraged by the adoption of SB 5044, which we think is a step in the right direction toward ensuring educators in every school have access to more tools and resources to address race and racism. We're hopeful that the adoption of this legislation will have a positive impact for students, families, and educators alike.
Read Erin and Cyndi's essay and please share it on social media so others can learn more about the DEI training coming to school districts across Washington.
Standing with you,