- Sycamore Junior High School
Sycamore Schools Stands Against Racism
In 2016, Sycamore Community Schools launched our Culturally Responsive Practices Committee to ensure all learners and families feel welcome, safe, valued, and heard. Our goal is to teach our students and staff about the importance of inclusiveness, empathy, understanding, and advocacy for our fellow Aviators
Our work began with training our staff on implicit bias, privilege, poverty, and equity literacy, utilizing some of the best culturally responsive resources in Greater Cincinnati and the country. The 2019-2020 school year focused on Teaching Tolerance’s Speak Up Strategies at School, which helps guide students and staff on how to respond when someone—a student, a colleague, even a parent—uses biased language or stereotypes in school. Our team has been working to develop the first-of-its-kind equity study that will be rolled out in the 2020-2021 school year.
We are an incredibly diverse school district and while we have made incredible strides, we recognize that we still have a long journey ahead of us to ensure that we cultivate empathy and obtain the knowledge of each other and our students to help everyone feel included and valued every day.
For some of our families, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others are not just recent headline news but deeply personal, painful lived experiences. We hear you. We see you. We stand with you. For other families, antiracism and allyship are ongoing processes of learning, unlearning, and working towards a practice of humbled solidarity. No matter where you and your family are in this journey, we are all feeling combinations of grief and anger, powerlessness, and resolve.
If you would like to learn more about our work in our schools, please visit the Culturally Responsive Practices section of our website. We encourage families to utilize our Speak Up Strategies at home.
We do not have all the answers, but we are working to hold space for our families who are grieving, as well as to empower families to have difficult conversations about racism so that they can take action in their own homes and circles to expedite positive change. We will communicate more about these opportunities in the coming weeks. We are committed to looking at our schools and considering how we can better serve all students, families, and staff. We are here with you and listening.
In solidarity as members of the Sycamore family and with love,
Sycamore Culturally Responsive Practices Committee