Over the next few years, the RECoP plans to accomplish the following:
- Conduct a series of community-level “Story Corps- and World Café-like” racial healing and listening sessions in Sunflower County, McComb, Philadelphia, East Biloxi, Jackson, and Tupelo;
- Host a statewide racial equity conference as a follow up to W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s (WKKF) Mississippi Healing event;
- Advocate for racial equity in k-12 (Mississippi Department of Education–MDE) and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) systems by endorsing a statewide human rights, civil rights, and cultural education curriculum and by examining the racial equity of outcomes from policy changes and trial education programs;
- Deliver a fully developed MS Racial Healing and Equity Community of Practice with a refined mission, defined structure, functioning governance, and recommendations for sustainable practices; and
- Provide an organization and professional and personal network for other racial equity practitioners and allies from across Mississippi to “land on” after they have participated in the initial WKKF Mississippi Healing program.
As noted above, the RECoP will advance a statewide human rights, civil rights, and cultural education curriculum. To accomplish this objective RECoP will do the following:
- At least twice a year, convene organizations working to advance civil rights/human rights and culturally relevant curriculum and instruction in Mississippi’s schools, including but not limited to Teach for Change, Mississippi Archives and History/The Civil Rights Museum, International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Teaching Tolerance, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, etc;
- Conduct at least two professional development teacher/administrator workshops/institutes a year, providing available curriculum and resources and methodologies on teaching civil rights/human rights and cultural relevance in the class.
- Identify amenable school districts to expand the current civil rights/ human rights curricula, following up on current pilot programs at Jackson Public Schools and McComb schools. Initial outcomes have shown that building more successful models throughout the state will ultimately generate excitement and acceptance by other school districts and MDE.
- Develop standar related to this work to be submitted to the
State legislature, MDE, and IHL
- Review and understand MDE’s response to the US Department of Education Educational Equity and Excellence Commission Report. Develop action items that will need to be taken if MDE is not properly addressing or has not properly responded to the Commission’s recommendations.