Culture and identity observances


Depending on the holiday, family traditions and beliefs, some students or staff may miss school or class to observe a holiday. Please refer to Policy 3122 and Policy 5409.Holidays may have an element of fasting and/or late-night events. We ask staff to make reasonable accommodations to support students and colleagues.We also ask staff and PTAs, includingcoaches/advisors to try to avoid high holidays for events and exams, whenever possible, in accordance with听2340 Policy听鈥 Religious-Related Activities and Practices.

For more information about celebrations, holidays, and dates, please see the Diversity Calendar curated by Cultures Connecting.



Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope |听bell hooks

Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope听enriches our teaching and learning with a visionary work that combines critical thinking with narratives to extend conversations from classrooms to community.听听bell hooks听theorizes听from a perspective of positivity while writing about听struggles听with听racism and white supremacy.听 In this book, we might learn more about how to听end racism and create a beloved community.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People听|听Mahzarin听Banaji听and Anthony Greenwald

Explore听the听hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences听with听age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status,听and听nationality.听 This book engages us in a conversation about听the extent to which social听environments听shape our听identities, both consciously and unconsciously.

On Inhumanity:听Dehumanization and How to Resist It听|听David Livingstone Smith

Smith brings us a guide听to understanding and fighting dehumanization, a shift in how we view and operate in a community.听 Using听psychology, history, and politics to explain dehumanization, the book explores听why and how the human mind can think of others as less than human.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain | Zaretta Hammond

Culturally responsive pedagogy has shown great promise in meeting equitable outcomes among all students.听 Zaretta Hammond helps us understand how to design and implement data processing and learning relationships.

A Different Mirror: A History Of Multicultural America & A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America听 | Ronald Takaki

This new edition of A Different Mirror is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.


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