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Hacienda La Puente Unified's Board of Education Adopts Ethnic Studies Curriculum
Posted 3/25/22

CITY OF INDUSTRY Hacienda La Puente Unified's Board of Education approved resolution 7.03c to implement Intersectional Ethnic Studies (IES) TK-12 curriculum for all TK-12th-grade students at the board meeting on March. 24.


From November 2021 through February 2022, Hacienda La Puente Unified partnered with Ethnic Studies Together and Now (ESTN), expert consultants for Ethnic Studies, to seek feedback from the District community in the form of surveys, listening and consensus-building circles and analysis of several California School Board Resolutions for Ethnic Studies. The HLPUSD Board of Education adopted a resolution that reflected the community collaboration.


The District's IES courses will be designed to teach students the study of race, ethnicity, identities and focus on empowering diverse and often marginalized voices, stories, and cultures. The courses also aim to highlight the importance of students seeing themselves and their histories reflected and valued in their learning experience through a diverse and developmentally appropriate curriculum.


In the resolution, the District commits to creating TK-12-grade IES curriculum, classes and pathways across all campuses within five years.


"Thank you to the Board of Education, Ethnic Studies Together and Now and the District community for joining forces and supporting this initiative," Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez said. "Hacienda La Puente Unified remains committed to providing opportunities for ongoing community conversations, professional development and growth opportunities for students, families and educators to ensure our students are provided with a dynamic and successful Intersectional Ethnic Studies course of study."





HLPUSD_ETHNICSTUDIES: Hacienda La Puente Unified Board of Education members, administrators and community members celebrate the adoption of Intersectional Ethnic Studies TK-12-grade curriculum at the Board meeting on March 24. Top row, left to right: Board member Stephanie Serrano, Board member Anthony Duarte, Board clerk Dr. Joseph K. Chang, Board Vice President, Christine H. Salazar, Board President Jeffrey De La Torre and Superintendent Dr. Alfonso Jiménez. Bottom row, left to right: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Fancher and community members.