The entire nation is waking up to CRT, Critical Race Theory, being pushed in schools everywhere through Social Emotional Learning, SEL. In large part due to COVID19, parents and guardians are finally seeing what is really being taught to America's children. Guilford County Schools are no different, unless you look at how long it has existed in our school district and who has brought it in. Do not be fooled. CRT is not curriculum. It is a way of thinking and ultimately means to destroy the American way. *click on underlined words/phrases and photos for links.
From the research we have done it seems that the first sight of CRT or REI was in 2008 when Teach for America was first introduced to GCS by REI, Racial Equity Institute whose co-founder is our own School Board member Deena Hayes-Green. Teach for America is an equity trained organization that places college graduates for 2 or so years to teach. These are not teachers nor are they certified. They are lateral entry recruits usually right out of college ready to push the agenda of CRT. They are typically placed in the middle or high school settings as they have no teaching experience or degree. This puts a great deal of strain on qualified staff as they are now essentially responsible for "teaching" these new teachers how to teach. Although it does put bodies in the classroom how can this be a good thing for the students?
2009 GCS first worked with The Broad Foundation on strategic planning for the district. This was to try to narrow the education gap.
2011 GCS Releases Broad Prize Diagnostic Report done by the RMC Research Corporation out of Denver. "The diagnostic visit, report, monitoring visits and follow-up services were paid for by a $19,300 grant from the Broad Foundation, along with $19,300 in matching funds provided by the local Businesses for Excellence in Education." Past winners include Broward County Public Schools where the Broward County shooting took place and the arrest of their superintendent, Robert Runcie, a Broad graduate just like our superintendent.
2012 GCS received $29,999,986 over the duration of 4 years for adopting the programs under Obama such as: The Promise Program and Restorative Justice.
2013-14 More money was spent on Teach for America. GCS was now partnering with the Phillip Foundation who pledged $2.1 million and the Cemala Foundation pledging $100,000. Again, bringing more equity trained adults into our schools. This for for a three year contract.
2016 Superintendent Sharon Contreras was brought to GCS for a purpose. She was to finish implementing The Broad Agenda, which she graduated from in 2010. She was not given the job because of her qualifications or experience. She was coming from a smaller district that she ruined and was in the process of being fired.
2017 REI completed The Ground Water Report. Showing how racist our schools, staff and students are. REI explains it best. Real question is how much did this cost?
2017 The First Racial Equity Report Card done by Youth Justice Project. Click on the year to view. 2016/17, 2018/19, 2019/20. How much did this all cost?
2018 GCS paid REI and GCS staff for a study called "Fixing Systems, Not Kids: Changing the Narrative of Black Males in Guilford County Schools" It even got published. Wonder how much it cost? This was the year that ALL schools were to be concentrating on only the black males. It was a huge push.
2018/19 Anti-racism training for ALL staff. You can see here on the GCS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page just how much is being done. Please look at the anti-racism resources and the approved book list. 1619 Project and much much more.
2019 GCS voted to pass the new student disciplinary policy. The same policy she passed in Syracuse that was rescinded a year after she left. This new policy allows students to make excuses for poor behavior. It endangers all that are in the building and it restricts what an SRO is allowed to do as an officer of the law.
2020 We new that racist training and trainers were being brought into our schools. We could just never prove it because staff are too afraid to stand up to her. Kimya N. Dennis was brought in 2017-2019. You can read the story here. “Racist” Tweet And Facebook Post Gets School Trainer Nixed Posted by Scott D. Yost | Jan 17, 2020. We also obtained through information request confirmation of all the REI trainers GCS has been paying since 2017.
June 3, 2020 Deena Hayes-Green and Sharon Contreras wrote an open letter to the GCS community along with attaching a letter from IPS, Indianapolis Public Schools where Deena and other GCS former and present employees, certified schools through REI. Their letter says that they are concerned because of what happened to George Floyd and others they worry for the safety of all black children. NC should be doing more of what IPS is doing to stop racism. This is also the school system that removed their SRO's.
June 9, 2020 Deena Hayes-Green also wrote a letter called "Written Testimony to the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice". In this letter she makes it very clear that she feels America is racist and that racial inequity is the root of all that is wrong in America. That even with COVID 19 more black have died due to racism. She blames all that's wrong on race-based systems.
It is very clear who on our school board supports CRT. We hear it at the end of every board meeting. We all know who is for the betterment of ALL children and who is not. We need teachers and board members that are going to serve all children not by the color of their skin but by who they are. We want our children taught curriculum, love for our country, love for each other and not an agenda. We do not want our students to think that it is the color or their skin that determines if they succeed. ALL student can be and do anything they put their minds to. We need teachers and board members that believe in ALL the children and staff. We do not want our students knowing anything about their teachers political views or what they think is wrong with the world. We want consequences for curriculum not being taught and we want our schools back! This only happens if we stand together and demand better!
Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It
Christopher F. Rufo
Founder and Director, Battlefront
Deena Hayes-Greene was elected to Guilford County’s Board of Education in 2002 (former and current District 8). She is the former human relations commissioner for Greensboro, co-chair of N.C. Public School Forum, chairwoman of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s board of directors, and a member of the Community-City Working Group.
Hayes-Greene is managing director of the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and has more than 15 years of experience as a community and institutional organizer. She chairs the school board’s Achievement Gap, School Safety and Historically Underutilized Business Advisory committees.
GCS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a primary resource for our GCS community. Our work is critical for our district to operate in alignment with our mission, vision, and values, through an educational equity lens. We offer professional learning and development with curated courses and coaching centered on educational equity. We facilitate resource development; perform policy review; analysis and development to ensure that equity is infused throughout the district’s processes, i.e., student assessments, curriculum facilitation, and communications with our multidisciplinary support staff and teachers.
Equity in Education
Instruction for Teaching Complex History
1619 Project (Podcast)
Contemporary Analysis of Systems: education, health, economic stability, social and community context, and place
Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw
Throughline from NPR
Pod Save the People with DeRay McKesson
The Ezra Klein Show
The opportunity gap and how to close it. (Anindya Kundu)
Help for the kids the education system ignores (Victor Rios)
How Students of Color Confront Imposter Syndrome (Dena Simmons)
How America’s Public Schools keep kids in poverty (Kandice Simmons)
Every kid needs a champion (Rita Pierson)
Understanding Systemic Racism
We need to talk about an injustice (Bryan Stephenson)
How Racism Makes Us Sick (David R. Williams)
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present (Howard Zinn)
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz)
Bad Boys: Public School In The Making of Black Masculinity (Ann Arnett Ferguson)
Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti Racist Multicultural Education and Staff Development (Enid Lee)
Beyond Resistance, Youth Activism and Community Change (Pedro Noguera)
Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 (W.E.B. DuBois)
Black Wealth, White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality (Melvin Oliver, Thomas Shapiro)
Black Women for Beginners (Saundra Sharp)
The Browning of the New South (Jennifer A. Jones)
Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents (Isabel Wilkerson)
Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (Zaretta Hammond)
Dismantling Racism: The Continuing Challenge to White America (Joseph Barndt)
Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children (Gloria Ladson-Billings)
Emergent Strategy (Adrienne Maree Brown)
Everyday Anti-Racism, Getting Real About Race in School (Mica Pollock)
How the Irish Became White (Noel Ignatiev)
How to be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)
In the Matter of Color: Race and The American Legal Process: The Colonial Period (A. Higginbotham)
Iron Cages: Race and Culture In 19th-Century America (Ronald Takaki)
Killers of the Dream (Lillian Smith, Margaret Gladney)
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (James Loewen)
Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: Fallacy of Race (Ashley Montagu)
Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom (Lisa Delpit, Herbert Kohl)
The Politics of Trauma (Staci Haines)
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (Monique Morris)
Racial Diversity and Social Capital (Rodney E. Hero)
Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)
Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project (Robert P. Moses)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization, and Resistance (M. Annette Jaimes, editor)
Strangers From a Different Shore; A History of Asian Americans (Ronald Takaki)
The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide (Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright)
The Journey of the Songhai People (Calvin Robinson, Redman Battle, et al.)
The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists In America (Joseph L. Graves)
The Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. DuBois)
The Trouble with Black Boys (Pedro Noguera)
We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom (Bettina Love)
White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo)
White Teacher (Vivian Gussin Paley)
White Teachers Diverse Classroom (Julie Landsman)
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race (Beverly Tatum)
Race: Power of an Illusion- Episode One, The Difference Between Us
Race: The Power of an Illusion- Episode Two, The Story We Tell
Race: The Power of an Illusion- Episode Three, The House We Live In
The Children's March
What's Race Got to Do with It?
The Complete Blue Eyed
Rabbit Proof Fence
"...and nobody said anything": Uncomfortable Conversations about Diversity
CASEL/SEL is committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning. SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.
The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is your primary resource for co-creating a meaningful, brave space to actualize our district’s mission and vision for ALL children. Here is an overview of our 2020-2021 opportunities for Cultivating a Culture of Equity. Plug into Equity with US!
We host regular [virtual] opportunities for our staff and larger GCS community to critically think with your team (department, school, office). This is an opportunity to Connect. Engage. Share. how you do Equity in Practice!
Greater GCS Community (Families and non- GCS staff)- We are recruiting GCS staff and families for our Advisory Council. Equity Wednesday!
Lt. Governor Robinson was one of the only people to listen to us parents when we could find no one to help us. He listened, he went to a board mtg. with us and said he would do what he could and he has. Now we need to return the favor and use the tool he has given us. ALL of us!
Parents, students, teachers, staff. If not now than when?
F.A.C.T.S Task Force: Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom for Teachers and Students
Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson is seeking to provide support for parents, teachers, and most importantly, students who are willing to stand up for North Carolina's future by exposing indoctrination in the classroom and ensuring that our students are taught how to think - not what to think. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor is establishing a Task Force (FACTS) to monitor the state of affairs within North Carolina classrooms. The primary goal of this task force is to allow the voices of concerned citizens to be heard regarding public K-12 education in North Carolina.
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