Dear Wyoming City Schools Families and Staff,
Wyoming City Schools is committed to creating a school culture that fosters a sense of belonging among all students, staff, and families. As the violence against Black Americans continues and protests take place across the globe calling for an end to racial injustice, we are intentionally focusing on the need to support our Black students, staff, and families. We are committed to identifying and addressing racial injustice in our schools. Additionally, we value our role in educating our community and we will work to support the critical conversations that must take place.
During the 2020-2021 school year, we will:
- Investigate our student data in special education, gifted education, discipline, and other areas.
- Critically evaluate our curriculum to ensure it represents all students.
- Examine our hiring practices with the goal of diversifying our staff.
- Provide opportunities for our students and alumni of color, their families, and community members to share their experiences and thoughts.
- Engage all staff in discussions regarding bias and racism.
These actions and others are critical to creating a culture that values each and every student.
Work in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity in Wyoming City Schools is led by the Global Classroom Team. This team of parents, teachers, administrators, and board members has pulled together to build resources to support real conversations about racism within our families and with our friends and neighbors. Below is a collection of resources to help provide support as you talk together about identity, race, and anti-racism. There are links to many guides for parents and caregivers; this article provides tips for families in helping children process racism and violence in the news. In addition, after reading a book or watching a video, here are some guiding questions to begin a conversation together.
- What is something new you learned?
- What is a question you have after reading/watching this?
- What is something that is confusing to you, or you would like to know more about?
- What thoughts are swirling around in your head?
While many of the specific titles below are meant to help spark conversations related specifically to the events that are occurring in our country today, we also know it’s incredibly important to read books that celebrate diversity and center diverse characters. In our next communication, we will offer book lists and author website as suggestions for readers of all ages.
Primary School Student Resources
Middle School Student Resources
- New Kid, by Jerry Craft (grades 3-7)
- This Book is Anti-Racist, by Tiffany Jewell (grades 6+)
- Resist, written by Veronica Chambers and illustrated by Paul Ryding (ages 8-12)
- Ghost Boys, by Jewel Parker Rhodes (grades 5+) (Available in the Sora App under The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County)
High School Student Resources
- Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (ages 13-17) (Available in the Sora App under The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County)
- The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (ages 14+; the movie is available on Amazon Prime and Hulu)
- All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (ages 12 +)
- Movie Selma (currently free on Netflix)
We plan to continue to provide resources throughout the summer that help us to engage in these critical conversations.
This work outlines just a few of the steps we are taking in our overall goal to create a culture of equity, inclusion, safety, and belonging for every student in Wyoming City Schools. We recognize that much more needs to be done to make this environment a reality for our students.