Education leaders foster statewide ethnic studies programs

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond hosted a webinar featuring a variety of inspirational speakers who discussed the importance and journey of ethnic studies in California. The webinar provided an opportunity for local educational agencies to become acquainted with the benefits of ethnic studies and to be reacquainted with the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum guide that was approved by the State Board of Education to inform LEAs in establishing their own ethnic studies curriculum.

“We know that inclusive education works, and ethnic studies is one of the best examples that we can offer for our students,” Thurmond said. “Simply put, inclusive education means students of color get to learn about the contributions of their ancestors and to see representations of themselves in our schools. Ethnic studies is a program that means students from all backgrounds do well and do better academically.”

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