In August, the West Contra Costa school board passed a revolutionary resolution that was the product of collaboration between the REAL Schools Now campaign (RSN) and the school district.
The resolution, highlighting the district's Equity Initiative, was the first step toward creating schools that nurture the next generation of dynamic leaders in our communities. The passage of this resolution sets the stage for the school district to become a model of innovative approaches towards racial justice.
At the Sept. 16 board meeting in honor of Mexican Independence Day, students, families, and teachers collaborated to create a beautiful performance of traditional Mexican dance.
Following the performance, encouraging words came from board members, highlighting that family engagement, volunteerism and artistic expression are vital to academic rigor and achievement.
While encouraged by this touching display of progress, families in the district are committed to ensuring these moments are not limited to occasional expressions of diversity but are integrated across district policies and practices.
RSN is working toward a school district that honors traditional dance, costumes and foods, as well as political analysis of oppression, leadership development, and views families and parents as valuable educators.