Inclusive Schools Week: Resources for San Francisco Families

posted Dec 1, 2016, 4:50 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Dec 7, 2016, 3:44 PM ]

What is Inclusive Schools Week?

Inclusive Schools Week, December 5–9, is sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network, a web-based education resource that promotes inclusive educational practices. Inclusion Week celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.

The Week also offers a chance for community members to discuss what else needs to be done for schools to successfully educate all children.

In the light of our recent national election results, many parents have expressed concern over how to best communicate inclusion to our children and make our San Francisco schools as inclusive as possible. Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco supports the commitment of interim superintendent Myong Leigh to create a safe and inclusive school environment for all our students.

What can you do as a parent to encourage and demonstrate inclusive behaviors?

Share reading material with your children that addresses issues of difference and inclusion based on physical abilities.

Seek out new reading material that opens up conversations around racism, social justice, and equity.

Expose your children to movies, TV, and other media with heroes who look different or have different backgrounds from the viewer. Look for media that feature people of color as protagonists and heroes.

Encourage middle school and high school children to participate in organizations such as Best Buddies or Peer Resources.

Talk with your children about issues of racism and other systems of discrimination or privilege. Be brave and open about sharing your own family values.

Other resources for parents

SFUSD Inclusion Week Resources