August 10, 2020 (New York, NY) -- As students across the country prepare for blended learning, both virtually and in-person in the new school year, the Sikh Coalition is working to ensure that Sikh students and parents are prepared with all of the Back to School resources
More than ever before, we are inspired by the increasing number of authors who are including Sikh characters and exploring the Sikh identity in their books. As such, the most exciting additions to our ever-growing Back to School Toolkit
this year are a series of classroom discussion guides for three children’s books: Super Satya Saves the Day
, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh
, and Fauja Singh Keeps Going
. The Sikh Coalition’s education team developed these discussion guides working alongside authors Raakhee Mirchandani, Supriya Kelkar, and Simran Jeet Singh, respectively, in order to ensure that when the books are used in classrooms, children of all backgrounds understand the stories’ important messages of courage, kindness, and determination.
“It was such a pleasure to work alongside Raakhee, Supriya, and Simran Jeet to craft discussion guides that will make their books even more impactful in classrooms around the nation,” said Pritpal Kaur, Sikh Coalition Education Director. “We are also excited to share that, in addition to launching the discussion guides this fall, two of the authors--Raakhee (Super Satya Saves the Day
) and Simran Jeet (Fauja Singh Keeps Going
) are able to commit to free virtual classroom visits if parents take action to share the discussion guides with their children’s teachers through the Sikh Coalition.”
To encourage Sikh parents to share these discussion guides with their children’s teachers, the Sikh Coalition will be hosting a virtual conversation with Raakhee, Supriya, and Simran Jeet on August 17 at 2 PM EDT / 11 AM PDT where they will discuss the books and the virtual visits. Click here to RSVP for the webinar, and click here to request a virtual visit for your child's classroom. The Sikh Coalition will donate all three books to schools that participate in these virtual classroom visits.
Back to School season looks very different than usual for students across the country, as individual school districts make different choices about how to proceed with instruction in light of the ongoing pandemic. The Sikh Coalition has included guidance for Khalsa Schools
and helpful tips for parents on the increased risk of cyberbullying
in our collection of COVID-19 community resources
. In addition, every session of our 17-week summer program--the Sikh Coalition Kid’s Corner
--remains available online; these reading, art, and music workshops are still great programming to supplement your child’s education from home or share with your child’s teacher to encourage broader cultural education.
The Sikh Coalition’s full library of Back to School resources
, including lesson plans, the Educator’s Guide on Sikhism, accommodation letters for school officials about articles of faith, and more, are still available for any parents who need them. Meanwhile, we continue our work to ensure that Sikhi is included in state social studies standards--with victories earlier this year in Indiana
. These efforts, however, require your help: on-the-ground engagement from parents is the only way to ensure that Sikhi actually makes it into classrooms in an appropriate and accurate way. Accordingly, please join us for “Sharing Sikh Stories: Creating a Kinder World Through Diverse Children’s Literature” on August 17 at 2 PM EDT / 11 AM PDT to learn how you can arrange a virtual classroom visit for your child’s school and use all of our other tools to help raise Sikh awareness.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.