ADVANCING EQUITY & DIVERSITY

Celebrating the diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritages and traditions, skills and abilities, values and preferences that make up our communities is at the core of PTA work. It is important to acknowledge and advance work and legislation that addresses structural inequities that are rooted in our nation’s social, political, economic, and educational systems. 

  • Enhance the SOQs to include one full-time Chief Equity Officer per school division to oversee implementation of culturally responsive practices.
  • Support work that increases the diversity of teachers in our schools
  • Review history text books and curriculum to eliminate language, behavior or retelling of events that is stereotypical, demeaning, exclusionary, or judgmental and instead embrace cultural contexts with appreciation and celebration of cultures and their contributions to our society.
  • Require school staff to participate in regular cultural sensitivity professional development workshops.

EQUITY RESOURCES 
VIRGINIA PTA POSITION: Advancing Equity & Diversity
National PTA Position:: Addressing Systemic or Institutional Racism
National PTA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (en Español)
How to Welcome Diverse Perspectives into Your PTA  (en Español)
Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit
Support for Latino Families
Support for Military Families

 FAMILY RESOURCES TO SHARE
National PTA Parent Resource:Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast
NPR Talking about Race With Your Young Children 
CNN Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism 
PBS KIDS for Parents Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism 
PBS Media Resources to Talk With Children About Race 
National Museum of African American History, Talking About Race 
Common Sense Media Using Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

LEARNING WEBINARS
Virginia PTA Advocacy Afternoon: Advancing Equity & Oppportunity in our Schools
Virginia PTA TownHall: Building a Bridge of Support for Latinx Families
Hunt Institute Equity in Education Series
Discovery Channel: Equity Talks
WEBINAR TOOLKITS FROM THE VDOE:
Mental Health in School Learning Module - Equity 

CURRENT RESEARCH & ANALYSIS
The Commonwealth Institure: Modern Day Segregation Addressing the Lasting Impacts of Racism on Virginia's Education System

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR COMMISSION FINDINGS
Virginia Commission on African American Education
Virginia Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law  (Second Report)

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RESOURCES
#EdEquityVA 
Webinar Series 
Equity Audit 
Newsletter 

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