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The Sikh Coalition News
July 7, 2021
  • [WATCH] Ethnic Studies and the California Sikh Community

    July 7, 2021 (Sacramento, CA) -- Last week, the Sikh Coalition partnered with the Jakara Movement and Punjabi Radio USA for a webinar discussion: Ethnic Studies and the California Sikh Community.

    Click here to watch the full discussion and share it with others in your sangat. Then, read below to learn the steps that you can take to ensure that Sikh stories are taught in your classroom in the upcoming school year.

    Sikh Stories in Ethnic Studies Curricula

    While California’s ethnic studies curricula now includes multiple opportunities to teach about Sikh stories, Sikh parents and students have a critical role to play in ensuring that this material actually appears in classrooms.

    Here are the steps that you can take to ensure Sikh stories are included at your school:

    1. Ask if the school teaches ethnic studies and in which grade it is taught in;
    2. Learn who is responsible for teaching ethnic studies at the school and secure their contact information; and
    3. Email the Sikh Coalition’s education team at education@sikhcoalition.org with this information, along with the name of the school, the student’s name, and their grade level.

    After completing these steps, the Sikh Coalition will reach out to the teacher who is responsible for teaching ethnic studies and provide them with the most relevant lesson plans and other teaching materials for the grade level.

    As a reminder, the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum was updated earlier this year. Following an 18-month campaign led by the Sikh Coalition and the Jakara Movement--and supported by thousands of Sikh community members across the state of California--we were pleased that the lesson plans and other material about the California Sikh community that we fought for was included in the Model Curriculum’s final draft.

    For more information, be sure to watch the Ethnic Studies and the California Sikh Community webinar discussion and direct additional questions to our education team at education@sikhcoalition.org.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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