Antiracist Action: Individual. Institutional. Systemic.
By 2028, Marin’s educational ecosystem, from cradle to career, will provide all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or financial circumstance, access to a culturally responsive learning environment guided by antiracist policies, practices, curriculum, staff and school cultures.
This Initiative will focus on the following strategies:
Racial Equity Self Assessment: Partner organizations who work with and influence children and families will self-assess, set goals and make progress on increasing their organization’s antiracist practices, policies and culture.
Rapid Response: Partners will develop, and use as needed, a shared rapid-response protocol designed to collaboratively address time-sensitive, education and equity-related requests for peer support or collective advocacy.
Asset Frames & Systems Indicators: Adopt and track new equity-based, systemic-focused progress indicators.
Equitable Funding: Collect, analyze and share indicator data.
Organizational Partners That Completed the 2017 Racial Equity Self-Assessment
- 10,000 Degrees
- Aim High
- Bridge the Gap College Prep
- Canal Alliance
- College of Marin
- Community Action Marin (CAM)
- Dominican University
- Education, Excellence, Equity (E3)
- Kentfield Schools
- League of Women Voters Marin County (LWVMC)
- Marin County Free Library
- Marin County Office of Education
- Marin Economic Forum
- Marin Housing Authority
- Marin Interfaith Council
- Marin Organizing Committee
- MPP Backbone
- Novato Unified School District
- North Marin Community Services (formerly Novato Youth Center)
- Parent Services Project
- PBLWorks (Buck Institute for Education)
- Ross Valley Schools
- San Geronimo Valley Community Center
- San Rafael City Schools
- Schools Rule
- Shoreline Unified School District
- Tamalpais Union High School District
- Youth Leadership Institute
The focus of this effort is to increase the level of cultural responsiveness among those who work with and influence youth. To date over 90% of Leadership Council partners have completed a Self-Assessment Survey and nearly all of them are working toward equity-based S.M.A.R.T.E Goals.
This initiative focuses on race, as it remains the single most predictive factor of student success. Due to individual and institutionalized bias, students of color experience potent current and accumulated disadvantages – from access to high quality pre-school all the way to completing a college degree. Differences in educational opportunities are mirrored in differences in academic achievement. But students of color are not failing; our system is failing them. In Marin County, 2 out of 3 students of color move through their school experience and graduate without the necessary preparation to succeed in a personally fulfilling and economically sustainable college or career program. Long-standing systemic racial inequities in our county continue to be a deep and persistent trend. Institutionalized, and oftentimes unconscious, attitudes and beliefs about students of color have resulted in low expectations, increased segregation, and discriminatory policies & practices. Only by engaging in a culturally responsive approach to policies and practices that impact students and their families across all Cradle to Career efforts, will racial equity in Marin’s educational system be achieved.
Racial Equity Statement
Learning Brief: Antiracist Education Cradle to Career
Related Resources & Blog Stories
Here are some Backbone Team “Staff Picks” we wanted to share with partners.