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Racial Literacy

NEIA introduced Pollyanna’s Racial Literacy Curriculum to the Middle School this year.

By Brynn Stevens

Pollyanna is a national nonprofit helping academic and other institutions achieve their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. The complete collection of Racial Literacy Grade 8 lessons explores race and racism in the United States and the importance of developing anti-racist frameworks. Grade 8 innovators will develop a deeper understanding of racism as a primary “institution” in the United States. Innovators will explore and analyze both historical and current forms of racism, including individual and systemic levels of racism, focusing on the latter. Lessons will encourage innovators to think about their agency and responsibility. By the end of the unit, students will set commitments to combat or solve problems they’ve identified, such as carrying out anti-racist activism or social advocacy work in their communities.