Launching Spring 2019!

Once our K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum launches, we will offer professional development at your school. Please contact Casper Caldarola for more information or to schedule a date. We are also offering a mixed school group professional development on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9:00AM-noon in New York City. Please click here to register.

Pollyanna’s Racial Literacy Curriculum


Pollyanna’s Racial Literacy Curriculum for Grades K-8 is designed to help students gain knowledge about race as it has been constructed in the United States and aims to help students acquire an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism. The curriculum will be shared with schools free of charge. Please email Casper Caldarola if you’d like to learn when the curriculum is released.

Curriculum Summary


Pollyanna’s Racial Literacy Curriculum for Grades K-8 is designed to help students gain knowledge about race as it has been constructed in the United States, and aims to help students acquire an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism. Both fiction and nonfiction texts––such as picture books, primary sources, historical articles, current events––and other forms of media are incorporated throughout the curriculum to serve as talking points for classroom dialogue and to widen students’ cultural lens. For younger students, lessons may take place during read-aloud or small group instructional periods, and for older students, lessons may be implemented during elective or advisory periods, and may also support humanities courses. Grade-level goals will continue to increase in complexity, for instance:

  • To encourage kindness, bravery, and empathy when exploring and better understanding the cultural and racial diversity of local and global communities.
  • To develop a more inclusive and positive perspective of self, others, and the larger world in regard to race, ethnicity, and culture.
  • To analyze history and other social assertions that fabricate myths of innate racial superiority, in order to dispel myopic, discriminatory perspectives of race.
  • To analyze race as a primary institution of the United States.
  • To critique the biological fallacy of race, while simultaneously unpacking its social truths.

The underlying goal of the curriculum is to build bridges and connections––for all students to recognize similarities among their peers along lines of race, while also celebrating perceived differences. We hope to plant seeds that will encourage and enhance racial literacy, geographical awareness, and cultural competence both in the classroom and throughout one’s life.

K – The Physical World Around Us – A Celebration of (Skin) Colors

1 – We are Part of a Larger Community – Encouraging Kindness and Social Awareness

2 – Diversity Around the World – How Geography and Our Daily Lives Connect Us

3 – Stories of Activism – How One Voice Can Change a Community (and Bridge the World)

4 – The Development of Culture and Civilization – How Geography Gave Some Populations a Head Start (Dispelling Myths of Racial Superiority)

5 – How Immigration Shaped the Racial and Cultural Landscape of the United States –– The Persecution, Resistance, and Contributions of Immigrants

6 – Stories of Race and Racial Identities Throughout U.S. History – The Danger of a Single Story

7 – What is Race? – How Science, Society, and the Media Conceptualize Race

8 – Race as a Primary Institution of the United States – How We May Combat Systemic Inequalities

 

Please email Casper Caldarola if you’d like to learn when the curriculum is released.