Albany students want to diversify the narrative they are taught in school about our world--its rich and diverse cultural heritage and real history. Our students deserve an education that includes racially and culturally diverse voices. If you are one of the many in the Albany community who want to be a part of making that happen, read on...
The Albany Diversify Our Narrative student team states:
“Diversify Our Narrative is a nationwide, student-led initiative dedicated to teaching anti-racism in schools. The group was formed in June of 2020 in response to the many instances of anti-black hate and systemic racism that have been occurring for over 400 years in this country. As a group, we recognize the influence schools have in fostering a safe, supportive, and inclusive community. We believe creating this kind of environment should be AUSD’s number one priority. One important step towards this goal is to incorporate texts that are diverse and representative into English classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. While this won’t entirely resolve the issue of racism in Albany, we’re confident that it will lead to positive change that is long overdue.”
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Albany Unified School District strongly supports our students in this effort. Teachers support it, as do our administrators. AUSD receives state funds annually that must be spent on curricular materials and have often been spent to further these goals. The state-defined adequacy of AUSD instructional materials is verified annually. Although these things are done, they do not propel the District forward at the speed our students, our staff, and many in our community would like us to move.
If you want to help the District respond to this need and leap forward this year, you can help by making an earmarked donation expressly for Diversify Our Narrative curricular materials. You can donate online via MySchoolBucks (account set up is easy and free), drop a check through the mail slot on the door of the Student Enrollment Center at 1200 Solano Ave., or mail a check to:
Albany Unified School District
Diversify Our Narrative Campaign
819 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
All donations to AUSD are fully tax deductible and receipts are provided. All earmarked funds received this school year will be expended by June 30, 2021.
Thank you so much for your support as we help our students change the world.
Stay Safe, Healthy and Encouraged!
Frank Wells, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Albany Unified School District