Social Justice & Teachers’ Unions
Friday, April 30th, 2021
Ethnic Studies: From Policy to the Classroom
About the Panelists
On Monday, November 23rd, 2020, Education for Liberation Minnesota hosted a panel of teacher/activists from states across the country that have passed or are currently considering some form of Ethnic Studies legislation. Panelists include Pang Yang (MN), Andrew Gonzales (Austin, TX), Ismael Jimenez (Philadelphia, PA), and Dr. Emily Bautista (Los Angeles, CA). The session was moderated by Curtis Acosta from the Education for Liberation Network.
Sponsored by the Education for Liberation Network and the Macalester College Educational Studies Department.
BIPOC Ethnic Studies Learning Cohort Virtual Kick-Off
On August 6th, 2020, Education for Liberation Minnesota hosted a virtual kickoff event via Zoom to introduce the Ethnic Studies learning cohort to prospective mentees and mentors.
To watch the video with the chat messages (which include various links and resources), click here. Password: vp1gcQ&y
Info about and resources from presenters
BIPOC Ethnic Studies Learning Cohort
Education for Liberation Minnesota is creating a learning community for BIPOC teachers about Ethnic Studies. The learning community will be comprised of teachers, youth, community-based organizations and higher education faculty who focus on Ethnic Studies. Through a series of workshops, a summer camp, and a statewide conference, we will provide a rigorous framework for BIPOC educators to explore their own racial, ethnic, and cultural identities and to connect with others within and across racial and ethnic groups. We will also support them in developing culturally responsive and affirming practices in their classrooms in schools. Through this work, Education for Liberation Minnesota aims to equip teachers with tools and strategies to push for changes in their administration, classrooms, and school to make them more affirming spaces for all students and teachers.
Minnesota Ethnic Studies Coalition
As an organization, Education for Liberation Minnesota is a proud member of the Minnesota Ethnic Studies Coalition. The Ethnic Studies Coalition is made up of organizations across the state and include youth, parents, educators, researchers, policy makers, and activists. The Coalition was formed in 2019 to build the necessary capacity to demand that the state of Minnesota effectively educate all students by providing a more holistic and accurate curriculum. For more information, click here.
Participatory Action Research
The following websites are intended to provide resources for anyone interested in engaging in PAR work and the ethics and power of grassroots, community-centered research and action for social justice. They were created by a university-affiliated participatory action research team in collaboration with community researchers and partners. One of the Principal Investigators is Anita Chikkatur, Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Carleton College and a member of Ed Lib MN.
MPD150 Report Companion Curriculum
In the summer after the murder of George Floyd and the beginning of the Minneapolis Uprising, a group of Twin Cities students and educators came together to create an accompanying curriculum to the MPD150 Report, a community-written history of the Minneapolis Police Department. We wrote this because it’s important to us, and wanted to make sure our school communities had some resources to teach this important work to contextualize and understand the long history bringing us to this moment. It’s not just a brief current event to mention and return to the previously scheduled programming. Where are we going now? Let’s go!
Panel: “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: Our classrooms are where our children get their social lenses” featuring Brian Lozenski and Rose Brewer
Radio Interview: Brian Lozenski on Steele Talkin’ with Jearlyn Steele – The Push for Ethnic Studies in Minnesota Social Studies State Standards (begins at the 8:06 mark)
Statement: “Schools without police: Our vision for liberatory education in Minneapolis and beyond” by The Education for Liberation Network, MN Chapter
Article: “On ‘learning loss’ and the critical need to address existing inequities in education” by Joaquin Muñoz and Jennifer Diaz
Article: “The Black Radical Tradition Can Help Us Imagine a More Just World” by Brian Lozenski
Article: “Stay in public schools: The anti-racism we need from white families during the pandemic” by Abby Rombalski & Anita Chikkatur
Article: “As Campuses Cut Ties to Police, Sociology Departments Must Do the Same” by Rahsaan Mahadeo
Article: “The Time for Ethnic Studies is Now” by Brian Lozenski and Jonathan Hamilton
Ethnic Studies Policy Brief – Minnesota Education Equity Partnership
Ethnic Studies legislative efforts:
HF 2827: Ethnic comparative studies included in social studies education requirements
HF 824/SF 1012: Increase teachers of color Act 2019
Bill to create ethnic studies mandate in the state [being worked on by Navigate MN/Ethnic Studies Coalition]
What’s in a name? A note on terminology Prepared by Sarah B. Shear and Meredith L. McCoy
Mcgirt v Oklahoma decision (Supreme Court decision related to Native sovereignty)
HISTORY OF EDUCATION FOR LIBERATION MN
Logo Artist Melanie Cervantes on the design: The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean he or see can make the profile, can shape the students. What an educator does in teaching is to make it possible for students to become themselves. – Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
“The pattern in the back is composed of a symbol of a ball game that the Spanish colonizers outlawed the Mexica (“Aztec”) would play. It is intended to connect the portrait of the young with ancestors many generations removed.”
Free Minds Free People 2019
The Minnesota Chapter of the Education for Liberation Network began in the summer of 2019 immediately following the Free Minds, Free People Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Ed Lib Minnesota is comprised of the core 2019 FMFP local organizing committees along with a growing network of teachers, youthworkers, teaching aids, educators’ union organizers, academics, policy advocates, parents, and youth-led organizations. The goal of Ed Lib MN is to be a political force in the state of MN to contend with the status quo of colonial education that prioritizes Eurocentric curricula, predominantly white educators and administrators, and a persistent attack on the power of communities to be self-determined.
The Political Landscape of Education in Minnesota
“Mnísóta”, is a Dakota word, which means “clear blue water”, or “Mnißota”, which means “cloudy water”. The state of Minnesota occupies Dakota and Anishanabe land. It has been and become home to many Indigenous peoples. Minnesota exists on sacred and stolen Dakota land, where communities continue to fight each day for survival. Indigenous justice and land rights are a core component of the educational struggle that confronts us.
Like other states in the US, Minnesota faces the consequences of the systematic dispossession of humanizing, quality education from our youth and communities. Our local struggles for Indigenous sovereignty, ethnic studies, equitable funding for education, recruiting diverse teachers, eliminating police from schools, culturally sustaining curriculum, and schools that deserve our youth mirror that of many other places across the nation. Yet, Minnesota is unique in terms of our demographic make-up, and potential for alignment across multiple municipalities. The state is home to large populations of immigrant and refugee communities from East and West Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia along with Indigenous communities and African Americans. Each of these communities have youth navigating traditional public and charter schools. Consequently, there is a strong network of youth organizers and leaders across the state.