September 26, 2019

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, October 2 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. the Kentfield School District PTA is sponsoring a Community Education event, which you won’t want to miss! It’s called Courageous Conversation About Race: A Parent Intro.

Prior to the start of the school year, all Kentfield School District teachers participated in the powerful and relevant two-day workshop titled Courageous Conversation About Race. We experienced a deep-dive approach, which helped us to think through the ways that race affects our own lives and our own professional practices. The experience gave us opportunities to be more aware of our own innate behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes, so that we can be more effective in closing the racial achievement gap in our schools. 

When analyzing student achievement of most school districts, including our own, we must acknowledge the challenges that many of our students face. Looking at curriculum, instructional methodology, and program implementation through an equity lens allows us to plan and attend to all students in a fair and equitable way. Developing strategies to eradicate any inequalities in our schools in meaningful and life-altering ways is essential because every child has a right to learn, whatever the child’s race, culture, or economic class. 

Conversation on this topic can be hard. Courageous Conversation provides many concrete tools for productively entering a conversation about race. This introductory course is designed to help parents and our community leaders understand the impact of race in their lives and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing the disparities in student achievement and opportunities in our country.

I think that we all agree that racial equity is an invaluable step to improve the struggle for a more fair-minded and truly just country in which we live. Engaging participants in and understanding how people of different racial backgrounds understand and interact with one another is an important step in this complicated process. 

We live in the most robustly diverse nation on earth, and our children will grow up in a more diverse world than most of us have experienced. KSD believes that it is our responsibility to to greet every child with the highest-quality, most rigorous academic instruction and emotional support possible while supporting all of our school families. Courageous Conversation has given us the understanding for a common step forward!

Thank you.

Sally Peck
Bacich Principal