Advocacy for anti-racism in the new provincial curriculum

We need the provincial government to make explicit anti-racism outcomes in the new provincial curriculum.

At the June 9th EPSB Board Meeting, I will move the following motion:

Be it resolved that the Edmonton Public School Board advocate for anti-racism to be included in the curriculum redesign by the provincial ministry of education to ensure consistent outcomes across Alberta towards the elimination of racism. Furthermore, we advocate for funding from the province for professional development for staff and coursework for pre-service teacher training in our post-secondary institutions to support the implementation of these outcomes in Alberta's curriculum.   

The genesis of this motion was responding to parent feedback that school boards and the provincial government must collaborate on eliminating racism. We know racism exists in all our institutions, including our schools, and all of us have a role in working towards eliminating it. The new curriculum-- the prescription for what must be taught in all classrooms across Alberta-- is a perfect opportunity for action to create lasting societal change.

Furthermore, the motion advocates for funding, professional development, and anti-racism training for teachers.

We know that public education is the cornerstone of our democratic system and that eliminating systemic racism, hate and ignorance in our communities requires making anti-racism an explicit curricular outcome across Alberta. This is one of many approaches we need to take as a province and school boards play a key role in this. While it is unfortunate that the UCP axed funding for anti-racism initiatives, supporting this motion and thus including anti-racism in the curriculum, could be seen as a win-win.

Over the last two years to better support students, staff, and families, Trustees have been engaging community advocates in a rewrite of our EPSB multicultural policy using an anti-racist lens. EPSB trustees will be engaging the community as part of the policy development process and sharing details soon.

DEBATE OF MOTION
I will request this motion be debated Tuesday, June 9th at 2:00 PM (virtually) and you can follow along at epsb.ca.

Please share your feedback or comments below and I welcome your feedback at michael.janz@epsb.ca

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