The Sentinel takes a Closer Look at inclusion and diversity tolerance education in Cumberland County public schools with a four-day series from Education Reporter Joseph Cress.
Data was collected from annual Safe School reports to track the number of reported incidents of racial/ethnic intimidation in Cumberland County school districts. The research showed that the vast majority of cases originate in local high schools and that East Pennsboro Area High School had the highest number of reported incidents over the past four years.
The series examines the different interpretations of Safe Schools reporting criteria that may account for the high number of reported instances at East Pennsboro and the lower number of reports elsewhere. Beyond that, The Sentinel also looks at why high schools in general may have more reports of racial/ethnic intimidation than elementary and middle schools.
Friday, Dec. 13
- Cumberland Valley will use survey results to implement changes
- Student Clubs tackle inclusion, tolerance
Saturday, Dec. 14
- Slurs are no laughing matter
- Educators outline how schools teach tolerance
Monday, Dec. 16
- School districts struggle with hiring teachers from diverse backgrounds
- Teacher training focuses on promoting sensitivity to diversity issues
Tuesday, Dec. 17
- Reporting standards for racial/ethnic intimidation
- So what is it about high schools?
(9) updates to this series since
The teacher sets the tone as classroom manager, establishing early on what behaviors will not be tolerated, said Michael Gogoj, director of curriculum and instruction for Carlisle. He said skillful teachers look for teachable moments that engage students in meaningful classroom discussion.
Max Astrachan said he wonders where ignorance ends and prejudice begins in other students.
Ashley Knight said she suspected that, deep down, the boy was racist toward black people.
The Sentinel examines inclusion and diversity tolerance education in public schools in this eight-story series spread over four days.
In schools across Cumberland County, student groups have formed to take on the challenge of improving the social climate within their buildings.
Cumberland Valley is using a school climate survey developed by the U.S. Department of Education that asks for opinions about safety, discipline and the learning environment within each of its schools. The goal is to use the survey results to develop action plans and training modules that the district can then implement as early as December.
MAGA hats and shirts served as teachable moments in the lead-up to the November 2016 election.
Thirty-one cases of racial/ethnic intimidation involving students were reported in Cumberland County schools from 2015-16 to 2018-19.
High school students were the primary locations in the vast majority of the racial/ethnic intimidation cases reported by Cumberland County sch…