Recently there has been conversation in our community about Critical Race Theory (CRT). Critical Race Theory is a theoretical framework that some academic institutions have used to examine racism in our nation’s past and how it influences our institutions today. Simultaneously, there has also been recent legislation that was passed regarding professional development for staff and the school board. Somehow, these two issues seem to be generating confusion and misinformation about what we teach in our schools. To be clear, the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District does not teach Critical Race Theory in any of our schools, nor do we intend to. This decision was discussed and reaffirmed by the school board at the June 21st board meeting.
The Cle Elum-Roslyn School District does have the responsibility to provide professional training on cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion (including students with special services) for our staff and our school board (House Senate Bill 5044). Although the legislation is new, as a school staff, we have been engaged in professional learning around equity and inclusionary practices since the development of our strategic plan (click here to view the strategic plan or Strategic Plan and CORE beliefs 2020 - 2021.pdf ). If you would like to join us in the professional development we have been doing together as a staff, you are welcome to read Unlearning by Allison Posey and Katie Novak and UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design For Learning in Today’s Classrooms by Katie Novak.
Our core belief as a community is that each and every one of our students will leave our school district as empathetic, caring, and resilient people.
To achieve that vision statement, Cle Elum-Roslyn School District does:
- Value our Collective Commitments & Family Engagement as the core to what we stand for.
- Honor our community partners in support of our student’s social, emotional, and independent well-being.
- Establish creative and innovative programs that honor the unique needs and interests of our students.
- Align our curriculum and instruction to prepare our students to be world ready.
I hope that we can continue to find unity in our community and focus our collective efforts on ensuring that each and every one of our students are valued, cared for, and celebrated for their uniqueness.
We are #StrongerTogether,