As a District, we want to acknowledge the protests in and around Chicago, as well as across the country. While the murder of George Floyd is the most recent event, there is a long and painful history of systemic racism, prejudice, and discrimination in our county. Engaging in productive dialogue about how we can support one another and learn from each other, and how we can continue to celebrate the diversity that makes Skokie unique is an important component of community building. In Skokie, you’ve seen the “Skokie Welcomes Everyone” signs for years. Let us continue to actualize that statement.
We’d like to share a few resources with you to assist you in continuing to have conversations with your children about race. Our teachers frequently use resources from Facing History and Ourselves, as well as Teaching Tolerance, both of which are referenced in the resources linked below:
- Roundup of Resources
- A Children’s Book List for Anti-racist Activism
- Talking About Race
- How to Talk With Kids About Racism and Racial Violence
- How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids
- Skokie Public Library Social Justice Book Lists
- Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families
Many staff members continue to find relevant resources, and we will post them, as available, on our District website.
As a district, we continue to work on ensuring equitable outcomes for all of our students. During the 2019-2020 school year, we engaged in an equity audit that included seeking feedback and input from students, teachers, and parents, the results of which will be presented to the Board of Education. From this work, our teacher-based Equity Leadership Team will come together to determine an action plan with detailed and specific next steps, which will include connecting with parents and the community. This work is challenging and long-term, and we appreciate your continued collaboration and support.