Long Beach

Next Step in Diversity Training: Teachers Learn to Face Their Unconscious Biases

May 16, 2019

(As published in EdWeek, by Sarah Schwartz on May 14, 2019) Diversity training asks teachers to understand students’ different backgrounds. Implicit-bias training goes further, and asks teachers to look at themselves Teachers—and their implicit biases—can directly impact the opportunities afforded to students of color. Teachers make the first decisions about behavioral consequences that lead to referrals…

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Next Step in Diversity Training: Teachers Learn to Face Their Unconscious Biases

May 16, 2019

(As published in EdWeek, by Sarah Schwartz on May 14, 2019) Diversity training asks teachers to understand students’ different backgrounds. Implicit-bias training goes further, and asks teachers to look at themselves Teachers—and their implicit biases—can directly impact the opportunities afforded to students of color. Teachers make the first decisions about behavioral consequences that lead to referrals…

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CFJ Youth Leading Together with LBUSD to Interrupt Bias in the Classroom

April 17, 2019

This weekend CFJ youth leaders and staff led a powerful bias training for Long Beach Unified School District teachers and administrators. The session was a unique twist to traditional trainings that center conversations on adults rather than students. CFJ youth leaders led the space and trained LBUSD staff participants on the ways implicit biases show…

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Time for Radical Revision of what Public Education Can Look Like for Black Students & Families

February 27, 2019

Black History Month offers an important time to examine issues of racial justice in communities and our education system. When public education was dreamed up by its founders, Horace Mann and Thomas Jefferson, neither person envisioned Black students attending integrated schools. That much is evident when we look at the history of schooling in America…

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How Relationship-building on Campus Leads to Stronger Schools in LBC

December 7, 2018

It has been a whirlwind few weeks at Californians for Justice as youth leaders and staff presented on Relationship Centered Schools work to teachers at Cabrillo and Lakewood high schools. The luncheons included an overview of the work in the district so far as well as interactive questions, relationship building and delicious food. Over 60…

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Say Their Names: Nia Wilson, Frederick Taft

July 26, 2018

Our hearts and minds are heavy with the news of the latest series of violent attacks against Black women and men in our communities. On July 21, Frederick Taft was gunned down at a family reunion in Long Beach. The next day, Nia and Latifa Wilson were viciously attacked by a white supremacist in Oakland.…

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Californians for Justice winning victories for Student Voice & Relationships in districts across the state

July 10, 2018

This past school year, CFJ organizers and student leaders made real progress in the campaign to transform California public schools into Relationship Centered Schools. This framework emphasizes student voice, relationship building, and professional development for teachers and staff, making it essential to the success of Black, Brown, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander students. By…

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The Path Toward Racial Justice In Our Schools: Challenges & Collective Visions

April 3, 2018

Envisioning a Racially Just Education Conversations focused on five issues that are key levers to advancing racial justice: School Funding, School Climate, Teaching & Learning, Intersectional Issues, and Youth & Parent Voice.  Download the full summary. 

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Young Voters Have Power to Transform Community

April 2, 2018

By Anais Sandoval Born and raised in Long Beach as a first generation Mexican-American I faced many challenges  while enrolled in public education. There was no support from teachers or staff on campus to guide the students that struggled academically. Unaware of valuable information that could change my life, it was community organizations like Californians…

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