To support education agencies seeking to develop K–12 stand-alone courses and/or integrate Ethnic Studies into existing courses, Implementing Ethnic Studies for All (IESA) provides resources, tools, and training in three key areas: implementation planning, professional learning, and technical assistance. As a result of this collaborative work, local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools will adopt, promote, and sustain a well-designed Ethnic Studies program that supports positive educational outcomes for all students.
IESA will collaborate with LEAs and schools to:
- Identify relevant strategies, materials, and resources for implementing Ethnic Studies;
- Engage critical partners, including families, students, and community members to provide feedback and input; and
- Assess current knowledge, skills, and practices among teachers and administrators.
Drawing on our extensive experience offering support and training to educators, IESA will work with LEAs and schools to:
- Deliver professional learning opportunities on a range of topics, such as understanding the history and foundation of Ethnic Studies, facilitating respectful conversations, supporting students’ agency, and engaging in community outreach
- Provide experienced facilitation, learning modules, and materials (PowerPoint presentations, agendas, related handouts,and materials) that are aligned with desired outcomes and reflective of state standards and local considerations.
When implementation is underway, IESA will help LEAs and schools to:
- Access ongoing coaching and support, such as resources for teachers and administrators based on the latest research and best practices and review of Ethnic Studies assessments and curricula; and
- Facilitate a Train-the-Trainer model to build capacity among educators to serve as Ethnic Studies leaders who grow and oversee program expansion across an LEA or school site.
To learn more, contact Sylvia Kwon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530.220.4378