In solidarity with students across the country fighting for anti-racist curricula in their schools, the Education Justice Collective’s Move School Forward team, which includes Student Voice, is hosting a Town Hall on Decolonizing K-12 Curriculum featuring history experts and student organizers from across the country. History experts will explain the necessity of accessible, accurate history and civics education to democratic society and students will testify about experiences in school related to anti-racism, decolonizing curriculum and civic action. Using a student-moderated “town hall'' format, speakers will answer both pre-submitted and live questions from members of the media and the public. The event will close with a call to action for students to contact their school boards about anti-racist curriculum and share resources to get started in their advocacy.
What: Town Hall on Decolonizing K-12 Curriculum
Avery Smedley (moderator), Student Organizer, Youth Activism Project & Montgomery County Students Toward Equitable Public Schools
Karen Ishizuka, Chief Curator, Japanese American National Museum
Harmony Esqueda, Student Organizer, Our Turn LA
Alexis Campbell, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Student Voice
When: Monday, July 13th at 7 p.m. EST / 4 pm PST
Where: Interested students, journalists and members of the public can register for the town hall on Zoom. The event will also be streamed live and posted afterwards to YouTube.
Questions: Students, journalists and members of the public are invited to submit questions for speakers ahead of time or ask questions in the live chat during the event.
Please RSVP and direct additional inquiries to Jenna Yuan, Student Voice’s Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-260-8146.
About Move School Forward:
As we are inundated with calls for “reopening schools” and returning to normal, it is crucial that we demand a just future for our education system that includes students as full participants in the decision-making process, from the school to state levels. Where people are reimagining the future of schools, the voices of the most marginalized students are consistently sidelined. The Education Justice Collective, including Student Voice, Our Turn, The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, UrbEd Advocates, Youth Activism Project, Students for Equitable Public Schools, GenUp, Students for Education Equity, Teens Take Charge, Young Organizers United, HISD Student Congress, Oregon Student Voice and IowaSLI has outlined key principles to move school forward.
About Student Voice
Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.