Ethnic Studies Implementation Plan
The CVUSD curriculum will be built in advance of the 2025-2026 school year through a collaborative process that will involve teachers, local community members, staff members, students and Ethnic Studies experts. CVUSD will be partnering with the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition (LESMCC) to provide professional development for our teachers. All professional development will be facilitated by expert Ethnic Studies practitioners, faculty and scholars. We have NOT and will not be purchasing a boxed curriculum. Curriculum will be created by teachers.
The table below illustrates the process through which this course will be developed.
In order to get input about the experiences, contributions and perspectives of the four focal groups within Ethnic Studies, we will convene committees. These committees' input will help to guide the district’s curriculum development and implementation process.
During the 2022-2023 school year, Canyon and Creekside Middle Schools will pilot an Intro to Ethnic Studies class as a part of the 6th grade wheel. A more in depth Intro to Ethnic Studies class pilot will continue as an 8th grade elective at Canyon and include the course at Creekside as well. These courses will be aligned with the upcoming 9th grade course.
Castro Valley High School Ethnic Studies teachers will begin curriculum development during the summer of 2022 and continue this process throughout the 2022-2023 school year. The curriculum will be piloted during the 2023-2024 school year.
An evaluation process will be created for our Ethnic Studies courses that will allow us to adjust as needed.