Racially Just Utah (RJU), ACLU of Utah, and Salt Lake Peer Court are collaborating with other community partners to host a film screening of the documentary, Precious Knowledge, on September 20, 2016, at the Marmalade Branch Library from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
This film highlights the innovative social justice curriculum adopted in Tucson High School that became a national model of educational success. While 48% of Mexican American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High’s Mexican American Studies Program had 100% of enrolled students graduate from high school and 85% go on to attend college.
According to the Utah State office of Education, 30% of children who identify as English-Language Learners and 26% of Latino youth dropped out of high school in 2015. There is a critical need to close the academic success gap that exists amongst youth of color and their counterparts. We hope to engage students, educators, parents, and administrators in a dialogue regarding culturally relevant curriculum that can be adopted in Utah schools to help increase graduation rates and inspire college attendance.
Our panel will discuss what it would take to have this duplicated in our community for youth of color in order to decrease high school dropouts and increase college bound youth.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 PM, Salt Lake Public Library- Marmalade Branch - 280 West 500 North, Salt Lake City
WHERE:Salt Lake Public Library- Marmalade Branch - 280 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 -