A multicultural public charter middle school providing equication™ for color+ students, formed out of a desire to see diversity, inclusion, and wellness in education and educational practices.
We are rebranding learning for color+ students! We highlight and celebrate the unique history and diversity of color+ students in a wellness, rich environment.
Based on Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, we have partnered with community-based organizations, mental/ health providers, grocers and more to disrupt systematic oppression and address disparities color+ students and their families face.
Equication™ is a holistic and systematic approach to ending the cycles of oppression and disenfranchisement plaguing our young people--starting with addressing the human aspects and underlining traumas affecting learning, meeting the needs of the student & their family foremost.
When we stop fragmenting education and educate in solidarity, we all thrive. When one thrives, we all thrive. We do not compromise on what’s good for our children, because it’s different or scary. Scholars thrive when they belong. We know this to be true in all settings, but all too many times, POC don’t feel they belong in school and therefore they seek belonging elsewhere.
This starts with making sure students are represented! Staff is empowered/mentored first and are trained in providing culturally responsive and adaptive curriculum in an equity driven school culture & climate that places student and staff voices first!
Our young people are dealing with stressors and intersections that cause them to question who they are and what they can offer the world. This term does not replace the terms for those in the broader Queer community, but rather highlight the intersectionalities within our young people, in our school community. Traditional schools fail to celebrate these realities or share their stories. We are changing this by celebrating color+, identities, & cultures in everything we do, addressing student and family needs, and securing that healthy mental health is the focus and embedded in everything. The school environment will be filled with gender neutral spaces, technology that provides techquity to those in need, and culturally relevant teaching to encourage empathy & courageous conversations.
The arts & wellness are the heart of the school and curriculum. Sessions are strategically designed according to student interests, curiosities, and passions. Connecting scholars with the skills in meaningful ways that deepen their understanding is what we do!
Centered around wellness and therapeutic practices with spaces for self-care, counseling, or Restorative Justice, student success is tied to personal growth and well-being.
When we address the need and when the needs are being met, we simultaneously ensure the child feels safe and sees themselves in the curriculum, only then do they thrive. Diverse and integrated education experiences also include equitable environments where everyone, including those impaired or in the disabled community can participate and engage in decision-making, critical thinking discussions & activities to deepen their knowledge and challenge their perspectives. Through systems and structures embedded in the implementation of Oasis Academy, we accomplish this with interdisciplinary sessions, flexible scheduling, and interactive classes that go back to the basics with service learning trips and apprenticeships to name a few.
A national coalition of teachers ("Rethinking Schools") is pushing back against white backlash to anti racist school curriculum like Critical Race Theory (CRT).
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Two veteran education journalists: WBEZ education reporter Sarah Karp; and Lorraine Forte from the 'Chicago Sun-Times' editorial board and 'Catalyst Chicago' discuss the uphill history to improving Chicago area schools.
Oh what a joy it is to provide services for the student, but to include the family because a mental health crisis affects the whole family. Once a student requests a second mental health day, a school counselor will reach out to their family and the student may be referred to get professional help.
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Rebranding learning for color+™students