Ethnic Studies Task Force

Ethnic Studies Task Force

Through this task force, Seattle Public Schools is beginning the process of developing recommendations for the teaching of ethnic studies in grades 9-12.  The recommendations for grades 9-12 are the first step in ensuring ethnic studies are a part of the pre-K-12 curriculum.

The Ethnic Studies Task Force will have two objectives:

  1. To study the extent that ethnic studies are currently taught in grades 9-12
  2. To develop specific, multi-year recommendations for the Superintendent to ensure that all Seattle Public School students learn the perspectives of the different ethnicities that constitute our community and nation.

The tentative target date for completion of recommendations is October 2017. This web page will provide resources and updates as work progresses.

The task force will also provide guiding recommendations to Seattle Public Schools staff and community partners who will develop teacher resources on ethnic studies.

Teaching Ethnic Studies in Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools strongly believes that its curriculum must represent ALL the peoples of the United States, especially those who have been historically marginalized. Our firm conviction is that students whose history and heritage is respected, appreciated and celebrated will learn better and attain positive outcomes. Whether incorporated into general coursework or taught as the exploration of individual communities, ethnic studies have positive benefits to every Seattle student. Read about the teaching of ethnic studies in Seattle Public Schools

Meeting Minutes & Other Files


News & Announcements

  • 04/04/2017

    Seeking Members for Ethnic Studies Task Force

    In response to interest expressed by Seattle Public Schools educators and the local community, including a January 2017 resolution by the NAACP, Seattle Public Schools is forming a task force to strengthen ethnic studies instruction and curriculum in grades 9-12. Help inform and shape this important work by applying to join the task force by April 21.
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