PTSA statement in support of the Shoreline school district's Ethnic Studies curriculum


The Shorewood PTSA supports the district's efforts to create an Ethnic Studies curriculum that acknowledges our country's brutally racist history and that examines how white supremacist thinking is still directing much of our country's actions to this day.


Our support of this curriculum is guided by the WA state PTA resolution on anti-racism 2.26 Dismantling Institutional and Systemic Racism and the Shoreline school district’s resolution for a focus on Ethnic Studies,


Our PTSA believes that our students are strong and capable young adults engaged in developing their thoughts and beliefs in regards to the world in which they are growing up.  As adults, they will shape the future of our country and we support education that informs and empowers them to build humanity as an equal and equitable species.




Shoreline school district resolution on anti racism


OSPI resolution on Ethnic Studies


Student petition to make Ethnic Studies a mandatory requirement for Shoreline district graduation:

Shoreline Ethnic Studies Facebook page


Washington Ethnic Studies Now "is a 501(c)4 non-profit formed in 2019 to support the implementation of Ethnic Studies Statewide".  


Crosscut article on WA Ethnic Studies










Source :


  • Understanding Implicit Bias – A Tool Kit: Implicit (or unconscious) bias occurs when individuals use information from experience, media, culture or other individuals to organize people into social categories according to salient traits like age, gender, race, ethnicity or social role and then utilize these categories unconsciously in decision making or behavior… It is the unconscious activation of this supplemental meaning that biases how people respond to such a description (Kang, 2009).

  • The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTST has some great resources listed at their website.

  • Racial equity workshops via Seattle Families of Color (FOCS).




Below is a list of books and articles, in no particular order.

  • Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker on Netflix – “Self Made is a fictionalized depiction of “the untold story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C. J. Walker and how she overcame the hostilities of turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, and tumultuous marriages to become America’s first Black, self-made female millionaire.””

  • Video of Trevor Noah with Derek Black, subject of the book “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist” by Eli Saslow.

  • Understanding Oppression by Leticia Nieto article – Addressing Power and Privilege. Are you an Agent or a Target or both?

  • Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

  • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

  • You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin