Connecting Families to Curriculum

Contributor: Sahba Rohani, Director of Community Development at Community Roots

Having an anti-bias approach to curriculum, making space for individual stories to be heard and parts of identities shared, and deeply understanding social justice concepts, become part of our students' every day experiences at Community Roots.  In thinking about how to connect their experiences in the classroom to their families, our approach is to create space for our families to experience it alongside their students.   

 Families members and students share short stories from their lives.

Families members and students share short stories from their lives.

 Students share their research papers in the Black Freedom Movement Study with a small group of peers and families.  Space is made for discussion after each share.

Students share their research papers in the Black Freedom Movement Study with a small group of peers and families.  Space is made for discussion after each share.

Whether it is during a writing share or the culmination of a social studies unit, our classrooms are opened up to our families to hear from their children about topics that are often times hard for grown-ups to grapple with.  One father commented, at the end of an experience such as this, that, "I didn't learn about this stuff when I was growing up in school.  I feel like I learned a lot from my child today and from my child's classmates." Another family member shared that, "if we could find spaces like this for us to talk as adults, I think our country would be in a different place."