Untaught History: Structural Racism & Resistance Curriculum
Our team is committed to facilitating the adoption of the Untaught History: Structural Racism & Resistance Curriculum in all Monroe County Schools. We support students and educators in the co-creation, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum; we will ensure public access to instructional resources and primary sources; and provide a platform for community education, engagement and student leadership.
Every high school graduate in Monroe County will have been taught the local history and contemporary realities of structural racism AND been given the opportunity to participate in building a more just and equitable community.
- Antiracist thought and action, as defined by Ibram X Kendi.
- Place-based inquiry learning and primary source research.
- Participatory democracy and student leadership.
- Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards.
Eight years ago, Shane Wiegand, a local fourth-grade teacher was challenged by a student who wanted to know if there was a civil rights struggle here in Rochester. As a white teacher, raised in a white suburb, and lacking meaningful contact with black educators and experience from grade school to graduate school, he was unable to answer. This question sparked an extraordinary scholastic effort to learn and catalog our local history and develop an engaging curriculum for his students. The organic growth of this one teacher’s mission has been remarkable. Starting with only ten fourth-grade teachers in his school district, Shane has now educated over 200 teachers across five districts.
There is a hunger to learn about this vital history and to take aim at the roots of structural racism. This curriculum has nourished the civic consciousness of students who’ve already taken action to seek justice in their community. In order to scale the success of this project Shane has partnered with the PathStone Foundation to formalize and strategically implement this curriculum across grade-levels throughout Monroe County. In June of 2020, Kellie McNair, Principal at Longridge Elementary School in Greece joined our team to co-lead the Antiracist Curriculum Project. She heads her district’s Culturally Responsive Education Training team and has over 20 years of experience as an educator, administrator, and leader in antiracist policies and social justice in education.
Shane Wiegand Antiracist Curriculum Co-Lead
Kellie McNair Antiracist Curriculum Co-Lead
Today, we need your help. Our partnership seeks to provide direct support to teachers and students as they navigate our segregated history. It is only when we understand the past, that we are able to seek justice and equity in the future. The PathStone Foundation has committed to be the host and fiduciary agent of this work as the Antiracist Curriculum is developed and implemented throughout Monroe County School Districts.
You are a critical part of this project. Today, we are pursuing funding to expand and adapt existing social studies curriculum to be taught in 4th, 5th, 8th, 11th, and 12th grades. Your investment will support curriculum writers, professional development for teachers, and community engagement. Your gift will also help to develop a digital platform to deliver content and ongoing support directly to teachers, students, and the general public.
In truth, this work is long overdue. Your support is crucial to making this vision a reality for our children. We hope that you will join us in our mission to create a more just and equitable Greater Rochester Community.
Please contact Brennon Thompson with any questions or comments.