LCPS: John Champe HS: Equity Advisory Lesson Tanipa Thomas

This slide deck was sent over to P.A.C.T. this evening by some really ticked off parents and rightfully so. A few observations with the masterpiece called “Equity Advisory Lesson #1” after reading this, let’s hope there’s not a #2:

  • BLM themed colors, could be a coincidence or subliminal, only Tanipa knows
  • This is for HS students, many getting ready for college and this is the best and first PowerPoint presentation on “Equity” she could create? She’s also a school counselor
  • Slide (The Why at Champe HS Slide): Student demographics at John Champe High School continues to be more DIVERSE and hiring staff whom RESEMBLE is a priority.
    • Here’s a question, hiring more staff that resembles the black students, this is said ALL the time and ALL over LCPS. What is that magic number? What should the ration be of students ethnicity to teacher ethnicity? I personally don’t think it’s a bad idea BUT quit calling for it with out providing what the ratios should be, we all need to understand that!
  • Slide (Champe Students Taking Action): Speaking Up and Responding to Prejudice, Bias and Stereotypes
  • Slide (Resources): Predominantly White Institution (PWI). Admittedly, I had to look this up:
  • What is Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs): Those institutions whose histories, policies, practices, and ideologies center whiteness or the white majority. PWIs, by design, tend to marginalize the identities, perspectives, and practices of people of color. Learn more in: To Teach as We Are Known: The “Heart and Soul” Labor of Teacher Educators of Color Working in PWIs. A term used to describe institutions of higher learning in which Caucasians account for 50% or greater of the student enrollment. Learn more in: Engaging Millennial Students Through Social Media Usage and Its Impact on HBCU Persistence