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On Nov. 18-19, members of the Instructional Quality Commission — an advisory panel to the State Board of Education, which must adopt a model curriculum by March 31, 2021 — will consider and act on the California Department of Education’s most recent round of recommendations to the draft.

The direction laid out before the commission — developed under the vision and leadership of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond — is the strongest and boldest set of recommendations yet for a draft that has been scrutinized and politicized at an intensity unlike any other public school topic.

While focusing on the four core disciplines of ethnic studies, the Department of Education’s most recent recommendations also give educators more resources to explore additional identities whose experiences intersect in California.

Let’s be clear: Ethnic studies is a course for all students.

By learning how we all connect and by digging deep into the complicated histories of our communities, students can become unstoppable change agents at a time when their civic engagement is crucial.

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