Klein ISD Social Studies Department Awarded $3,000 C.A.R.E. Grant
The Klein ISD Social Studies Department was awarded a $3,000 C.A.R.E (Cultural Awareness Responsiveness Education) Master Series Grant earlier this month. This grant was awarded to Klein ISD on behalf of the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association.
Social Studies Department grant participants are planning to pilot a master series of educational experiences to equip teachers to be able to engage in cultural conversations in ethnic studies courses, as well as the other required courses. Nichelle Pinkney, Social Studies & World Languages Program Coordinator, will be leading this groundbreaking new program. Pinkney was instrumental in taking the lead in applying for this grant and making it a reality for the Social Studies Department.
“I am excited to finally see an idea and passion come to fruition,” said Pinkney. “Writing and winning this grant is so exciting, and I can’t wait to get started. I pray that at the end of this experience that our goals are superseded and that we can have several other cohorts!”
The application process for the grant was extensive. The application is reviewed by a committee and voted upon. It is open to any member of the Texas Social Studies Supervisor Association which holds at least one representative per district depending on the district’s make-up.
The C.A.R.E Master Series will be implemented to an inaugural group of teachers this summer and conclude in the Fall of 2021. Teachers who participate will attend a total of eight sessions between June and December.
Pinkney and the rest of the Social Studies Department have huge aspirations for this new program. The overarching goal is that all Klein ISD campuses will offer multiple sections of these important courses and that EVERY high school student will be able to engage in, embrace, and learn about ethnic groups.
“As the district continues to focus on equity, this grant supports the vision of EVERY and helps to engage teachers to skillfully communicate while leading courageous conversations and build their ability to adapt their approach and take advantage of practical strategies to foster equitable learning experiences,” said Alicia Ebbler, Instructional Officer of Social Studies/World Languages.
Pinkney hopes Klein ISD will be the first district to bring the course and sample TEKS to TEA, and later see the course pass through the State Board of Education.
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