Community Forums on Curriculum Updates

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Melanie Ward shared the NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework and updates to Pittsford’s K-12 social studies and English language arts curriculum at two community forums held in August. Links to videos of the two events and a Q&A can be found here:

Elementary Curriculum Review for Grades K-5

Secondary Curriculum Review for Grades 6-12

Q&A: Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

ASL interpretation services were provided during the events and are included in the videos posted on the PCSD YouTube page.

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education is about ensuring all of our students – every single child – understands that they are important and they are a priority. It is about how we interact in classrooms to create the environment where every child can reach their full potential, and prepare for success in the world.

This is a student-centered approach and includes supporting teachers in their attempts to connect and build relationships with their students. Schools in our area and PCSD have been using this research-based approach for more than five years, and in 2018, New York State began developing the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, which districts were to implement in 2019.

PCSD believes that good things happen when we put people in a supportive environment where they feel they are welcome, that they are seen and that they have a voice.

What’s the difference between Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education and Critical Race theory?

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education is a NYSED required, research-based approach to how we interact in the classroom, in an attempt to connect with each student and help create an environment where everyone reaches their full potential.

Critical Race Theory is a term that is being used a lot recently, but is not being taught in our schools. Critical Race Theory is about challenging historical approaches to the teaching of topics connected to race. It is a social and legal construct, typically discussed in university settings.