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Anti-Racism

Approved by the Beachwood Board of Education as Resolution #06-20-2020 on June 8, 2020. 

 

Beachwood Schools Anti-Racism Statement of Conviction and Action

Beachwood Schools is committed to the equity, justice, and inclusion of ALL students and respects the frustration, anger and impatience of African Americans, people of color, and all marginalized Americans for whom our country has not lived up to its promise.  We embrace our organizational responsibility to dismantle practices that perpetuate structural racism in our school system and hold every Beachwood Schools employee responsible for doing so.


Over the past year, we have begun work on the following initiatives to become a fully inclusive and equitable school system:

  • Authentic and honest engagement of all members of the Beachwood community
  • Creating an inclusive curriculum
  • Hiring African American and other educators from under-represented groups to mirror our diverse community
  • Building students’ leadership skills to address race, racism and respect for all forms of diversity
  • Providing equitable access to services and opportunities
  • Conducting implicit bias and restorative practices training for school staff
  • Acknowledging and addressing racial disparity in student discipline practices  

Beachwood Schools has made tangible progress in these efforts but has a long, long way to go.  The district aspires to provide ALL students with a rigorous education representative of our diverse backgrounds. We want to foster respect for the value of Black lives and awareness of unjust experiences and inadequate outcomes for Black and Brown students in America. We want to inspire active citizens who vote and engage in service to their communities, the nation and the world. In partnership with our students, graduates, and their families, the district is committed to breaking our country’s cycle of injustice and fulfilling our promise to each and every child.

 

6-5-2020

In response to the immediate needs of our students, particularly African Americans, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and 

protests against racial injustice, we are developing safe, online outlets for students with one another.  We will also collaborate with students to determine the productive ways to advocate for reform within our schools and beyond.

The same outlets will be provided to parents and staff, as well as resources for how to support and teach our children about these urgent topics. Information about this programming will soon be available.

Beachwood Schools Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

 

Anti-Racism Resources for Parents and Beachwood Schools Staff


For the short-term:

Many parents and school staff are asking how to speak to children and teens about the murder of George Floyd, about racial violence and police brutality, about peaceful and violent protests, and about systemic racism. Many of us are struggling to respond, but we know that silence cannot be the response because silence IS a response that violence and racism are acceptable.  We offer the resources below as a starting point.  We want to ease young people's fears and anxieties because we cannot learn when we are scared.  However, these discussions should not result in a young person feeling better because to learn about racism, we will experience discomfort and pain.  Those feelings are typical and appropriate.


The resources below have been, and are being used for Beachwood Schools’ staff professional development and with our Parent and Student Equity & Engagement Teams.  We offer them as a starting point so that our entire community builds a common vocabulary for, a common understanding of, and a common commitment to equity and justice.

 

For the long-term:

It takes time and effort to raise our awareness of topics as distinct as race, racism, bigotry, racial violence, equity, inclusion, and diversity just to name a few. In order to gain the knowledge and courage to be effective allies in the fight for an equitable and just society, we must raise our awareness of: 

  • American history from multiple perspectives
  • How white privilege positively benefits some while negatively impacting others
  • Our own experiences
  • The experience of others 
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