Student Support Services Newsletter

February 2021 - Racial Equity Vlog Edition

From the Department

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Black History is American History

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. His words inspired a generation of activists and became one of the most defining civil rights movement moments. These words continue to motivate generations of Americans today to pursue unity, equity, and social justice actively.

The work of our district culture and climate committee Sparta C3 reinforces the pursuit of "the dream!" The Sparta C3 Racial Equity Taskforce and The Diversity Council provide opportunities and resources to support the district's core value to provide an educational environment that enables every child to feel supported and valued. Regardless of background, we encourage all people to come together and problem-solve ways to address present-day social issues. We are the Dream!

We hope this newsletter's content inspires you to explore the resources provided to reflect on the past, think critically about the present, and restore hope for the future.

With Hope,

The Student Support Services Department

Sparta Township Public Schools Racial Equity Vlog Project

Our Voices United is a collaborative project between the Sparta C3 Racial Equity Taskforce and the Diversity Council to bring awareness to racialized experiences in our community and unite us in the common values of humanity.

It is the hope that the stories shared will open hearts and minds. Please use our hashtag #spartavoicesunited to share this message and join us in our commitment to ensure a school community that is a welcoming place for all.

For more information about Sparta C3 or the Diversity Council, please contact us.


Sparta C3 Racial Equity Taskforce Launches Website

The Racial Equity Taskforce is excited to announce the launch of our new website! The website includes information about the task force, FAQs, and resources for the community. Please visit us the Sparta C3: Racial Equity Taskforce Website.

Guidance & SEL

For the month of February, we are focusing on the Character Trait - COURTESY and the Choose Love Theme - FORGIVENESS.

Educator/Family Resources

Facing History and Ourselves

Through their partnership with educators worldwide, Facing History and Ourselves reaches millions of students in thousands of classrooms every year. Their resources address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history to help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.

This month, Facing History and Ourselves has shared various teaching resources and blog posts designed to promote innovative instruction and reflection. Please visit the website for more information.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to teachers, administrators, counselors, and other practitioners who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Their mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Their program emphasizes the themes of social justice and anti-bias.

This month, Teaching Tolerance provides resources centered on the need for and the history behind Black History Month. The resources also include support for teaching Black History in a way that moves beyond trauma and embraces liberation and resistance. Please visit the website for more information.

Visit the Student Support Services Department Webpage

Please visit the Student Support Services Department Webpage that can be found on the district and school homepages of the website. The department webpage is updated with information about our programs and services.

Announcements & Resources

If you are looking for our latest announcements and resources, please check this webpage for updates.