We are a Title I, K-5 elementary school located in the heart of North Portland. We are a majority Black and Brown student community with a diverse population of over 18 different languages. 100 percent of our students receive free school lunch. We try and address as many needs as possible at our school, but often lack the funding to provide the supports we need.
Many of our English Language Learners come to our school with no prior schooling.
The challenge of learning English and building proficiency in content subjects is overwhelming for many of our students. A lack of prior schooling has many of our refugee students completing schoolwork several grade levels behind their peers.
We would like to build a larger class library of K-5 grade level books for our community that are written by or feature stories around Indigenous people/nations across the Western Hemisphere.
We have seen an increase of land acknowledgements in our schools, the result of making land acknowledgements without supporting them with curriculum that centers Indigenous nations becomes performative because our students learn nothing about the stories behind these land acknowledgements.
We want to continue building culturally relevant curriculum in our schools by being intentional about what we teach with. We can go beyond land acknowledgements as a community and create a different narrative by centering Indigenous stories missing from our classrooms.
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