On August 26, 2020, the Partnership hosted a webinar that featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project. This conversation with educators focused on the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and 400+ years of anti-Black racism and oppression. Ryan Smith, Chief External Officer at the Partnership, moderated the panel which included Nikole Hannah-Jones; Jorge Lopez, Ethnic Studies and Social Studies Teacher at Roosevelt High School; and Ginger Stemnock, English Teacher at Mendez High School. During the webinar they discussed the intersection of racial justice with distance learning, curriculum, health and safety, and family engagement. In addition, Ginger shared her experience with The 1619 Project and how it helped her teach in her classroom. Some common threads from the conversation were engaging in responsive teaching pedagogy and encouraging the implementation of ethnic studies in curriculum. In the end, Ms. Hannah-Jones summed up her talk with: “What we teach is as important as what we don’t teach. Curriculum is intentional.”
Partnership and over 50 Organizations Call for Action on Specific Recommendations to Close the Digital Divide
On August 20, 2020, the Partnership joined more than 50 social justice and education equity organizations to urge state leaders to take action on policy recommendations to close the digital divide. Read more here.