San Bernardino City Unified Awarded $200,000 Antibias Education Grant

A Muscoy Elementary School student at a 2020 Black History Month event. (Photo by Corina Borsuk and provided courtesy of SBCUSD)

The San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) is proud to announce that it has received a $200,000 grant from the California Department of Education’s Educator Excellence and Equity Division. The funds will support the Antibias Education Grant Program, which aims to address the growing academic achievement gap between African-American students and their peers.

The grant proposes holistic, anti-bias training that focuses on instructional practices that close gaps for African-American students. When coupled with ongoing coaching, follow-up professional development, and support, these tools can empower educators to effectively address the needs of all students.

The program’s framework includes an update of the District’s comprehensive student performance plan and targeted interventions for students of color, starting with elementary reading comprehension through high school A-G course completion. Professional development will be offered multiple times per year, resulting in high-quality, culturally-relevant K-12 curricula. Over the next five years, the Antibias Education Grant Program will train 3,000 certificated staff members to better serve African-American students in the District. The comprehensive training aims to help educators deliver high-quality education in a way that reduces bias and closes gaps for African-American students.

Dr. Wil Greer, Director of the District’s Equity and Targeted Student Achievement (ETSA) Department, will oversee the grant’s implementation. He believes the grant will make a significant impact on improving educational outcomes for all students.

“We’re thrilled to receive this grant, which will enable us to better address the needs of our diverse student population,” said Dr. Greer. “By providing our educators with the tools, training, and support they need, we can create a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for every student in San Bernardino and Highland.”

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