In SFUSD, Ethnic Studies is rooted in the long-standing tradition and hard work of Bay Area educators to develop and teach a more robust historical narrative that centers on the perspectives of historically marginalized communities. The Ethnic Studies course is designed to give high school students an introduction to the experiences of ethnic communities that are rarely represented in textbooks. It is also a compelling way to examine race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture in the United States. The course equips students with a critical lens to see the world and their place in it by understanding systems and power at the root of American society and has as a goal to motivate students to actively engage in our democracy. Through the Ethnic Studies course, students are supported to discover and use their own power for the benefit of not only themselves, but also that of their community and society at large.
Summer and Fall 2017 Ethnic Studies Professional Development Opportunities - For more information click on the link provided for each opportunity:
- Ethnic Studies - From Theoretical Foundations to Practical Application Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 7
- Ethnic Studies - Praxis: Introduction to the 9th Grade Ethnic Studies Course Wednesday, August 9 - Friday, August 11 (NOTE: This is the week BEFORE teachers report back to their sites APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 14
Click on a button below to access the Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions for each unit.
Ethnic Studies Suggested Readings