Culture and identity observances


Depending on the holiday, family traditions and beliefs, some students or staff may miss school or class to observe a holiday. Please refer to Policy 3122 and Policy 5409. Holidays may have an element of fasting and/or late-night events. We ask staff to make reasonable accommodations to support students and colleagues. We also ask staff and PTAs, including coaches/advisors to try to avoid high holidays for events and exams, whenever possible, in accordance with 2340 Policy – Religious-Related Activities and Practices.

For more information about celebrations, holidays, and dates, please see the Diversity Calendar curated by Cultures Connecting.



Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope | bell hooks

Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope enriches our teaching and learning with a visionary work that combines critical thinking with narratives to extend conversations from classrooms to community.  bell hooks theorizes from a perspective of positivity while writing about struggles with racism and white supremacy.  In this book, we might learn more about how to end racism and create a beloved community.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People | Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Explore the hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences with age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.  This book engages us in a conversation about the extent to which social environments shape our identities, both consciously and unconsciously.

On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It | David Livingstone Smith

Smith brings us a guide to understanding and fighting dehumanization, a shift in how we view and operate in a community.  Using psychology, history, and politics to explain dehumanization, the book explores why and how the human mind can think of others as less than human.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain | Zaretta Hammond

Culturally responsive pedagogy has shown great promise in meeting equitable outcomes among all students.  Zaretta Hammond helps us understand how to design and implement data processing and learning relationships.

A Different Mirror: A History Of Multicultural America & A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America  | Ronald Takaki

This new edition of A Different Mirror is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.


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