Over ten days in May, a community of student-centered educators and advocates gathered at the fifth regional education convening, Student-Centered Learning for Equity 2021, hosted by the Bush Foundation and Education Evolving.
Minnesota is revising its Social Studies Standards, and the first draft has drawn criticism for its shift toward equity. We state here our view: the new standards must be inclusive of more lenses, narratives, and histories—and honest about both the achievements and atrocities that mark our nation’s story.
State social studies academic standards are under review. As part of the committee tasked with transforming what Minnesota students learn in social studies, policy director Danyika Leonard urges holding equity at the center, and in a memo outlines equity concerns with the first draft of revised standards and the process to create them.