Discrimination in schools

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Can you talk about racism in the classroom (without getting in trouble?)

Dear Educator Colleagues: Have you ever heard the following? “It’s okay to discuss race, as long as you don’t bring it up first.” “Sure, you can talk about the protests, just don’t have an opinion.” “A parent has called to speak with me about the article you used that connected the recent insurrection in the …

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What does it look like to centre anti-racism in education amidst a viral pandemic?

The four Ottawa-area public school boards are in the process of transitioning students back to learning both in-person and virtually, and as an organization committed to achieving inclusive and non-discriminatory learning environments that allow children to fulfill their true potential in this world, we have serious concerns about the ways in which COVID-19 is exacerbating …

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Help us ensure every child’s right to an education free from discrimination

To Our Community, It has been a while since we connected with you and we appreciate your patience as we sort out our next steps. We wanted to reach out and let you know what we have been doing and what we are planning for the coming months. At the end of 2019, Parents for Diversity …

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In Solidarity With Parents of Black Children and Allied Organizations

Parents for Diversity is an Ottawa-based group of parents, caregivers, and allies with varied lived experiences working to support parents and caregivers as they advocate for their children in educational spaces using an intersectional, anti-oppression lens. We recognize the pervasiveness of anti-Black racism in Ontario schools and the adverse effects of anti-Black racism on Black …

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Did you know yesterday was a historic FIRST day in Ottawa?

Thanks to the work of the Somerset West Community Health Centre and inspired by similar work in Toronto,  Mayor Jim Watson declared yesterday the first ever Black Mental Health Day in the city of Ottawa. “…March 2nd, marks the first annual Black Mental Health Day, recognized by communities across Ontario. This important day not only …

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Why are Black Educators Networks Necessary and Important?

We are delighted to celebrate the recent formation of Black educators networks at the two English language school district boards in Ottawa (OCDSB and OCSB). There are many other Black educators networks in Ontario including Ontario Alliance of Black Educators, the Durham Black Educators Network, the African Heritage Educators’ Network, the Peel Association of African …

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When Speaking Up Works!A Success Story (And How You Can Speak Up Too)

You may recall our blog post from a few weeks ago discussing how colouring worksheets can uphold bias, reinforce stereotypes, and erase racialized children from the curriculum. Here’s an update on what happened after speaking up about that worksheet. My child’s teacher responded to my email: “Sometimes we get caught up in the hoopla of …

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How kindergarten colouring worksheets uphold stereotypes and create bias (and what to do about it)

We are fortunate to live in a city where our school board offers French and English language instruction beginning in kindergarten. There are so many advantages to being multilingual, and I’m grateful that my daughter has access to this kind of education. When she brought home this pair of colouring sheets from her kindergarten class …

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What is Equitable and Inclusive Learning? A Parent’s Perspective on the First Day of School

Thousands of students in many of the English school boards will begin the new school year tomorrow. Like all beginnings, the school year welcomes new possibilities, opportunities and ways to think more critically about how to engage diverse identities and experiences. How a child experiences school can have a tremendous impact on their well-being and …

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