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    The Purpose: To create urgency and immediate impact on students of color, and culturally and linguistically diverse students using culturally responsive practices and policies, while building racial equity awareness and skills with Shoreline staff. The work of the equity department expands throughout all district departments and programs. The goal is to lead and develop with equity in mind while examining and shifting  the inequities in our procedures, policies and practices. This work attends to hearts and minds so that we can make changes in structures and systems. The students are our non-negotiable WHY. 


    LGBT+ History Month 🏳️‍🌈 (@LGBTHM) | Twitter

    LGBTQ+ History Month is a month-long celebration of the history of the diverse and beautiful lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and the importance of civil rights movements in progressing gay rights. The observance was created by Rodney Wilson, a history teacher at a Missouri high school, in 1994. The following year, LGBTQ+ History Month was added to the list of commemorative months in a resolution forwarded by the General Assembly of the National Education Association. October was chosen as the month of observance as National Coming Out Day already existed as a holiday on October 11. Also, the anniversary of the first march for gay rights in Washington took place on October 14, 1979.

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    In honor of Disability History and Awareness Month, join us in recognizing and celebrating the contributions and history of people with disabilities! Disability History and Awareness Month is observed annually in October to raise awareness and understanding of disability rights history and celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. The Washington State Legislature established the observance as a civic holiday in 2008 to promote greater public awareness and emphasize the importance of full inclusion in schools and communities for individuals with disabilities.


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    September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! To help you celebrate and honor Hispanic Heritage Month with your students, we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources for bringing Latinx voices to the classroom. We hope these help you uplift a diverse range of intersectional Hispanic and Latinx identities, experiences, cultures and histories.


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    Stop AAPI Hate


    We have seen this message shared in newspapers, websites, social media, stickers, posters, and everywhere and it true, we do need to stop Asian hate, RIGHT NOW, and I would also add we need to increase Asian affirmation of identity and culture. For those of you that are Asian, please know we stand in solidarity with you. Shoreline aims to be an environment that is inclusive and welcoming, and we will stand and support our Asian students, families, and staff.


    For non- Asian folk,  how many Asian friends do you have in your life?  What has being an ally to the Asian community looked like for you? I am asking you the same questions I ask myself anytime I think about the attacks on a marginalized group. But shouldn’t I be asking these questions all of the time? Ibram X. Kendi says that is not enough to not be racist, we must be anti-racist. That means actively working toward checking my biases, my assumptions, questioning the stereotypes that enter my mind and ACTIVELY working towards being a person that is more than performative, but instead an actualized conscious conspirator.


    The history of Anti-Asian Racism in this country is not new. It is a resurrection of the hate we have seen in history over and over again. We can be led to believe that what is happening, not just in the horrific murders in Atlanta, but also here in Seattle, on Capitol Hill, at Costco on 4th Ave, in the ID, is not about race. Please do not be distracted. It is always about race. It pains me to see the elders of the Asian community be attacked and then worry about the attention that it causes. We should be outraged that they are carrying the burden for others ignorance and hate. It is time for us as allies to step up. Let’s remember and affirm the beauty of the people, community and culture we all surrounded by daily.


    Dr. Tanisha Brandon-Felder

    Director of Equity and Family Engagement


    Not sure what to do? Here is a list of resources:

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    It's Time to Fight Anti-Asian Hate

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    Want to learn more? Want to take supportive action? Check out the resources below.

    BLM Resources

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    BLM in Schools Year of Purpose

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    More Books to Read (curated by Shorecrest Librarian,Andy Berkbigler)


    Book Jacket
    How to be an antiracist / Kendi, Ibram X.,
    Call Number: 305.8 KEN
    ISBN: 9780525509288
    Pub. Info: New York : One World, [2019]
    Ibram X. Kendi describes a method of deconstructing the path by which people combat racism by becoming antiracist, which implies being an active participant in combating racism rather than attempting to become "not racist" which Kendi argues is nothing more than being tacitly complicit in racism. Also examines other marginalized groups and how his antiracist message can be transferred to any bias.

    Book Jacket Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you / Reynolds, Jason,
    Call Number: 305.8 REY
    ISBN: 9780316453691
    Pub. Info: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
    "A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. This adaptation of Ibram X. Kendi's "Stamped From the Beginning" explores the history of racist ideas in America by examining the lives of notable historical figures, from Cotton Mather and Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois and Angela Davis. Discusses how racist ideas spread and how they are also discredited.
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    Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America / Kendi, Ibram X.,
    Call Number: 305.8 KEN
    ISBN: 9781568585987
    Pub. Info: New York : Nation Books, 2017.
    Presents the argument that contrary to popular belief, racism in America is alive and well, having become more sophisticated and insidious in the culture and economic structure. Examines the lives and thoughts of five major American intellectuals, such as Cotton Mather and W.E.B. Du Bois, both proslavery and pro-civil rights figures, and argues that even pro-civil rights thinkers have contributed to socially entrenched racism.

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    Between the world and me / Coates, Ta-Nehisi.
    Call Number: B 305.800 COA
    ISBN: 9780679645986 (ebook)
    Pub. Info: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
    "For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In Tremble for My Country, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style -- a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage -- Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here"--

    Book Jacket So you want to talk about race / Oluo, Ijeoma,
    Call Number: P 305.8 OLU
    ISBN: 9781580058827
    Pub. Info: New York, NY : Seal Press, 2019.
    Target Audience: 10-Adult.
    Attempts to open an honest dialogue about race relations in America, bridging the gap between white people and people of color to explore the complexities of discussing race. Provides a frank understanding of basic questions about race some people are too afraid to ask.

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    White fragility : why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism / DiAngelo, Robin J.,
    Call Number: 305.8 DIA
    ISBN: 9780807047415
    Pub. Info: Boston : Beacon Press, [2018]
    Examines the concept of white fragility, including discussion of how it forms, how it protects racial inequality, and how that fragility often prevents meaningful dialogue about race and racism. Goes on to discuss solutions in dealing with white fragility and how we can all engage more constructively.
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    Culturally responsive teaching and the brain : promoting authentic engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students / Hammond, Zaretta,
    Call Number: P 370 HAM
    ISBN: 1483308014 (pbk.)
    Pub. Info: Thousand Oaks, California : Corwin, a SAGE company, [2015
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    Inseparable : how family and sacrifice forged a path to the NFL / Griffin, Shaquem,
    Call Number: B 796.332 GRI
    ISBN: 9780785230816
    Pub. Info: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
    Twin brothers Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin share their personal journey to playing in the NFL. Highlights the hardships faced by them as they worked through difficulties in their youth, including Shaquem's struggles with having only one hand. Includes a discussion guide and color photographs.

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    Things that make white people uncomfortable / Bennett, Michael,
    Call Number: 305.800 BEN
    ISBN: 1608468933
    Pub. Info: 2018
    "Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, a fearless activist, a feminist, a grassroots philanthropist, an organizer, and a change maker. He's also one of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, and he wants to make you uncomfortable. Bennett adds his unmistakable voice to discussions of racism and police violence, Black athletes and their relationship to powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL, the role of protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice. Following in the footsteps of activist-athletes from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, Bennett demonstrates his outspoken leadership both on and off the field. Written with award-winning sportswriter and author Dave Zirin, Things that Make White People Uncomfortable is a sports book for our turbulent times, a memoir, and a manifesto as hilarious and engaging as it is illuminating." --
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    The hustle : one team and ten lives in black and white / Merlino, Doug.
    Call Number: 796.32 MER
    ISBN: 9781608192595
    Pub. Info: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012, c2011.
    Examines what became of the boys who participated in a 1986 social experiment to combine white players from a Seattle private school with black teens from the inner city on one basketball season. Outlines the success this team had and questions whether these players followed the same trend in their personal lives.
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    The hate u give / Thomas, Angie,
    Call Number: F THO
    ISBN: 9780062871350
    Pub. Info: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, 2018.
    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is trying to balance her suburban prep school life with the poor, black neighborhood where she lives when she witnesses her childhood best friend Khalil get shot and killed by a police officer. As tensions mount and her city erupts in protests, the only person who knows the truth of that night is Starr, and what she does or doesn't say can change everyone's lives forever.
    Book Jacket All American boys / Reynolds, Jason,
    Call Number: F REY
    ISBN: 9781481463348
    Pub. Info: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015.
    When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.
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    Our time is now : power, purpose, and the fight for a fair America / Abrams, Stacey,
    Call Number: 324.6 ABR
    ISBN: 9781250257703
    Pub. Info: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2020.
    Author Stacey Abrams describes how her 2018 campaign to be the first African American woman governor of Georgia ended in defeat due to voter suppression. Details her plan to end voter suppression in the United States and protect its democracy, focusing on voter registration, access to ballots, and ballot counting. Also discusses the importance of the census, identity politics, and international leadership.


    We value all diversity in our students and families and staff. 

    Our hearts are with every group that has ever been targeted, been historically marginalized, been harassed, been abused, been publicly mocked and any other hurtful action. Shoreline students, familes and staff should thrive and flourish. Please hold us accountable to that.

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Book of the Month

  • Minor Feelings

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 5/12/2021

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    Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.

    Binding these essays together is Hong’s theory of “minor feelings.” As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would later understand that these “minor feelings” occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality—when you believe the lies you’re told about your own racial identity. Minor feelings are not small, they’re dissonant—and in their tension Hong finds the key to the questions that haunt her. 

    With sly humor and a poet’s searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. This intimate and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and female friendship. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche—and of a writer’s search to both uncover and speak the truth.

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    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 5/12/2021

    Asian, Asian Americans, Pacific Islander

    Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are an integral part of the American cultural mosaic, encompassing a wide range of diversity. AAPI communities consist of approximately 50 ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages, with connections to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander ancestries.

    Over 24 million Americans, or 7.3% of the U.S. population, are AAPI; however, about two-thirds of the population identify with their specific ethnicity or country of origin.

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  • LatinX

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 9/2/2020
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  • Types of Racism

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 1/10/2020

    Race and Racism

    The idea of race has a complex history.  It has been used for centuries to categorize, reward, and penalize people based on perceived differences.  Despite often being misguidedly defined by skin tone and other physical attributes, race has no genetic basis.  This powerful social construction has a tremendous impact on individuals’ lives because it is often employed to establish and maintain privilege and power dynamics.  Access to resources and opportunities are often distributed along racial lines.

    Commonly defined as “prejudice + power,” racism is prejudice or discrimination against someone based on his/her race.  Underlying this is the belief that certain racial groups are superior to others.  Racism can be manifested through beliefs, policies, attitudes, and actions.  Racism comes in several forms, including:


    Individual or internalized racism – This is racism that exists within individuals.  It is when one holds negative ideas about his/her own culture, even if unknowingly.  Xenophobic feelings or one’s internalized sense of oppression/privilege are two examples of individual or internalized racism.


    Interpersonal racism – This is the racism that occurs between individuals.  It is the holding of negative attitudes towards a different race or culture.  Interpersonal racism often follows a victim/perpetrator model.


    Institutional racism – Recognizing that racism need not be individualist or intentional, institutional racism refers to institutional and cultural practices that perpetuate racial inequality.  Benefits are structured to advantage powerful groups as the expense of others.  Jim Crow laws and redlining practices are two examples of institutional racism.


    Structural racism – Structural racism refers to the ways in which the joint operation of institutions (i.e., inter-institutional arrangements and interactions) produce racialized outcomes, even in the absence of racist intent.  Indicators of structural racism include power inequalities, unequal access to opportunities, and differing policy outcomes by race.  Because these effects are reinforced across multiple institutions, the root causes of structural racism are difficult to isolate.  Structural racism is cumulative, pervasive, and durable.

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  • disability

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 10/2/2019

    The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability.

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  • Family Engagement

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 9/2/2019

    Family Engagement: Amended by Annie Gage- Family Advocate

    Family engagement describes what families do at home and in the community to support their children's learning and development. It also encompasses the shared partnership and responsibility, specifically with underserved families, between home and school. Such engagement is essential for school improvement.

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  • Multiracial

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 5/9/2019

    Biracial identity development includes self-identification A multiracial or biracialperson is someone whose parents or ancestors are from different ethnic backgrounds. ... While multiracial identity development refers to the process of identity development of individuals who self-identify with multiple racial groups.

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  • Agender

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 3/15/2019

    Agender is a term which can be literally translated as 'without gender'. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity. People who identify as agender may describe themselves as one or more of the following: Genderless or lacking gender.

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  • Black Lives Matter

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 2/4/2019

    Black Lives Matter

    The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

    BLM is expansive. BLM is a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. BLM also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, they must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities.

    BLM affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.

    BLM are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.

    Black Lives Matter Website

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  • Double Consciousness

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 1/2/2019

    Double consciousness is a concept that Du Bois first explores in 1903 publication, “The Souls of Black Folk”. Double consciousness describes the individual sensation of feeling as though your identity is divided into several parts, making it difficult or impossible to have one unified identity.


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  • PTSD

    Posted by Tanisha Felder on 12/4/2018

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may arise when people experience a traumatic event such as death, threatened death, serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence.* 

    This definition applies primarily to simple trauma, or exposure to one circumscribed traumatic event. By contrast, complex trauma may arise from exposure over time to prolonged, repeated trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or violence. The symptom pictures resulting from simple and complex trauma differ somewhat.

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