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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2019 08:36 AM
From: Representative Jared G. Solomon and Rep. Seth M. Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Cultural Awareness Professional Development for Educators
The massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh starkly and graphically exposed how much work we have left to do in our Commonwealth and our society to eradicate hate and intolerance. This is a scourge with no quick fixes. But one of the most impactful investments we can make is by helping our youngest Pennsylvanians better understand each other and appreciate our common humanity. We must provide them with a strong foundation of awareness so they proceed through life loving, welcoming, and engaging with people and cultures and faiths that are different from them.

We aim to empower educators across Pennsylvania with a curriculum that connects kids to various cultures through food, art, books, movies, dance, travel and other cross-cultural experiences. It will encourage kids from different parts of the state to learn and appreciate each region and county’s culture. In addition, we will use this curriculum to build empathy and understanding of various disabilities that can afflict all people, regardless of culture, class, or creed. Teachers will be given free training on cultural awareness that allows them to effectively tailor and deliver their unique curriculum to meet the guidelines of this legislation.

Introduced as HB434