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As students across the country get ready to head back to school, after an especially challenging year, the Sikh Coalition is here to support you and ensure that we are all creating safe and inclusive classrooms. Over the past 20 years the Sikh Coalition has worked tirelessly to promote Sikh awareness and prevent bullying with the goal of building resilience and pride among Sikh American youth.

As you prepare your back to school checklist, here is how you can help us continue and grow this work.

Investing in this work! Your donation allows us to increase capacity in support of this work including: 

State standards: The Sikh Coalition has worked tirelessly with sangat members and school officials to create precedent for the inclusion of Sikhi in 14 states. However we are now facing a growing resistance against increasing diversity and inclusion in the state’s classrooms. It will now take more effort and mobilization to have successful change. In order for us to continue filling in the map, we need to grow the budget and allocate resources to the policy elements by tracking various proposed legislative proposals and building relationships with like-minded local allies and organizations. 

Develop content: We have created quality resources to make it easier for educators to accurately teach Sikhi. With additional investment we can create more lesson plans for teachers, create videos, partner with more authors on not only lesson plans but the book development stage.   

Implementing at the classroom level: To ensure the state level policy changes trickle down to the classroom, we need to build relationships with educators. That includes conducting teacher trainings/workshops; attending and presenting at social studies conferences and mapping school districts to better identify contacts for engagement. Additional resources would allow us to map more school districts, lead more trainings and attend more conferences. 


Share resources with educators! The Sikh Coalition has worked to compile and create a library of resources pertaining to Sikhism and Sikh children for both educators and parents. However in order to have a significant impact we need you to ensure these resources are in the right hands at the district and school level! We encourage you to review and share the resources below with your educators. 

 

 

  • 08/23/2021

    Back to School and COVID-19 Pandemic

    Given that many parents are concerned and confused about the risks of COVID-19 as children prepare to head back to school, our next Vaccine ਵੀਰਵਾਰ will focus on back-to-school issues.

    Join us on Facebook Live at 12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST on Thursday, August 26, when Sikh Coalition Community Development Director Rucha Kaur will moderate a conversation with Amrit Kaur, a public school teacher in Montgomery County, MD, and the co-founder of  the Sikh Parent Association, and Dr. Jasjit Kaur, a pediatric infectious diseases subspecialist who currently serves as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of California, Irvine and the Medical Epidemiologist for CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, CA.

  • 06/08/2021

    Mid-year Education Work Update

    The Sikh Coalition is so appreciative of the sangat's support of the Sikh Coalition’s “Furthering Education Work” project. The investment has been so important in pushing this work forward. 

    We wanted to share updates on our education work from the last 6 months: 

    New content for elementary classrooms: We launched our “Sikh Celebrations: Lessons & Activities for Inclusive Classrooms” just in time for 2021 Vaisakhi. The classroom resources include four major Sikh celebrations: Vaisakhi, Bandi Chhor Divas, Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab, and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab. For each celebration, the resources include greeting cards, classroom presentations with talking points, and arts and crafts activities.

    State standard update: We are excited to share that after a year of sustained advocacy by the Sikh Coalition and North Carolina sangat members, the North Carolina State Board of Education voted in favor of adopting new Social Studies Standards that are poised to include Sikhi in the associated content and examples. Once the standards are implemented, they will provide the opportunity for North Carolina’s 1.4 million public schoolchildren to learn about Sikhism alongside other world religions. Read this op-ed from North Carolina father of three Pawanjit Singh on why this victory is so important.

    CA Ethnic Studies Campaign: Earlier this year the California State Board of Education met to discuss and adopt the final draft of the state’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC). After several months of sustained and spirited advocacy, the Sikh Coalition and the Jakara Movement are pleased to share that the Sikh community is included in the curriculum materials and a lesson plan. Our combined efforts included a bipartisan letter signed by 25 assembly members and state senators, a letter signed by 52 gurdwaras, and more than 1,200 community member petition signatures. 

    Supporting Religious Diversity: The Sikh Coalition is proud to join with interfaith and religious partner organizations to promote religious diversity and literacy in New York City Schools via New York City Council Resolution 1257. This resolution will make a safer, more educational, and more inclusive learning environment for students of all faith traditions--including young Sikhs. If you or your family reside in New York City please ask your city council member to co-sponsor this resolution via this easy tool.

    This work is happening alongside our ongoing legal, advocacy and community engagement work. As we continue to push to make schools safer and more inclusive, we will share more updates as they become available.

  • 03/25/2021

    Vaisakhi and other Sikh celebrations at school

    The Sikh Coalition is excited to launch “Sikh Celebrations: Lessons and Activities for Inclusive Classrooms”! Over the years, parents have asked us for resources and activities to help share more about our celebrations with their children’s classmates, so we are very happy to be able to launch this for the sangat. These fun and easy-to-use resources can help Sikh parents share about Sikh celebrations in their children’s classroom. thesikh.co/sikhcelebrations

    Three steps to sharing about Sikh celebrations in your child’s classroom: 

    1. Choose one of the four celebrations (Vaisakhi, Bandi Chhor Divas, Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab, and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab).
    2. Ask your child’s teacher if there is an opportunity to share more about the chosen Sikh celebration with their class. Please specify if you would like to lead on presenting or whether you would prefer the teacher to. Here’s an email template you can use: thesikh.co/sikhcelebrations
    3. Once your child’s teacher agrees, you can use one, some, or all of the resources for that Sikh celebration,including greeting cards, classroom presentations with talking points, and arts and crafts activities. 

    Vaisakhi is less than a month away! If you would like to help your child’s classroom learn more about Vaisakhi with the tools from Sikh Celebrations, we recommend that you reach out to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. We hope you will also share this with your networks, khalsa schools and gurdwaras. Please email education@sikhcoalition.org for any further questions!

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  • 02/05/2021

    NC State Standards for Social Studies Move Forward

    On February 4, 2021, the North Carolina State Board of Education voted in favor of adopting new K-12 Social Studies Standards that are poised to include Sikhism in the associated content and examples.

    “The Sikh Coalition is pleased that the State Board of Education will be updating the K-12 Social Studies Standards with more diverse and inclusive material,” said Pritpal Kaur, Sikh Coalition Education Director. “We are also grateful that Sikhism is poised to be included among the content and examples to accompany these new standards. More robust education--including a celebration of diversity and an honest look at injustices, racism, and discrimination past and present--will benefit our children now and for the rest of their lives.”

    To understand more about why this victory matters, read the op-ed from North Carolina father of three Pawanjit Singh, which we successfully placed this week. The Sikh Coalition would like to thank the numerous North Carolina sangat members for their unwavering patience, advocacy, and support throughout this process; this positive outcome is years in the making and only possible because of their shared efforts.

    The standards in North Carolina are structured uniquely in comparison to the other 14 states in which the Sikh Coalition has successfully secured the accurate inclusion of Sikhism. Sikhism will be included in the accompanying documents--rather than the actual standards or objectives--from which teachers can draw classroom materials. Once the standards are implemented, they will provide the opportunity for North Carolina’s 1.4 million public schoolchildren to learn about Sikhism alongside other world religions.

    The Sikh Coalition has been monitoring the North Carolina review process since 2016. In January and April of 2020, we worked closely with members of the North Carolina sangat to submit public comments asking the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) social studies standards writing committee to 1) ensure that Sikhism was included in the content and examples in the existing list of world religions and 2) consider changing the structure of the standards to put all world religions, including Sikhism, explicitly in the standards and objectives. (While this second ask was not ultimately implemented, we have successfully established groundwork for future engagement).

    We remain in close touch with the NCDPI and State Board of Education--most recently sending them a letter at the start of this week--encouraging them to press forward with changes that reflect a focus on inclusivity and diversity as well as an honest examination of our nation’s experience with injustices, racism, and other discrimination. In the months ahead, we will continue working with the NCDPI to finalize the Sikh-specific material in the content and examples and to ensure that this material reaches teachers and students across the state; the new standards and these accompanying documents will be implemented later this year.

  • 11/09/2020

    Education work update

    The Sikh Coalition is so appreciative of the sangat's support of the  Sikh Coalition’s “Furthering Education Work” project. The investment has been so important in pushing this work forward. 


    In advance of Dasvandh Week we wanted to share updates on our education work from the last 12 months

    • New states! Kansas, Indiana and Nebraska have added Sikhi to their social studies standards. This is the first time Sikhi has been included in any of these state standards. This brings the number of states with Sikhi in their state standards to 14 states. Now more than 23 million students, or 45 percent of public school students nationwide, now have the opportunity to learn about Sikhs. Because of the pandemic many states have moved their timelines for review but we are closely monitoring a few states.
    • New content for elementary classrooms: We collaborated with authors to create three new elementary discussion guides for Super Satya Saves the Day by Raakhee Mirchandani, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar and Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh. For fall 2020, Simran Jeet and Rakhee have donated their time to provide up to 60 virtual book readings with their books. 
    • Engaging with Teachers: Sikh Coalition staff and volunteers have presented at social studies conferences in Washington, Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Colorado as well as at the National Council for Social Studies. We have also provided meaningful input on teacher’s notes in North Dakota, Georgia, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey which supplement state standards and lead to a greater impact as it provides supporting materials when teachers create lesson plans. 
    • CA Ethnic Studies Campaign: We partnered with the Jakara movement to advocate for the inclusion of the Californian Sikh community and their experiences in the California Ethnic Studies Framework. This effort included a bipartisan letter signed by 25 assembly members and state senators, a letter signed by 52 gurdwaras, and more than 1,200 community member petition signatures. 

    This is in addition to virtual content like Kid’s Corner, Summer Series, and our ongoing legal, advocacy and community engagement work. As we continue to push to make schools safer and more inclusive, we look forward to sharing more updates. 

  • 10/26/2020

    California Ethnic Studies Curriculum Update

    The Sikh Coalition and the Jakara Movement continue to fight together for the accurate and meaningful inclusion of the Sikh community in the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC).

    On September 30, another round of public comment on California’s ESMC concluded, with more than 700 Sikh Californians contacting the state’s Department of Education to tell them to #StopIgnoringSikhs. These efforts were joined by a bipartisan letter signed by 25 California assemblymembers and state senators, as well as the Sikh Coalition and the Jakara Movement’s own public comment submission, which was delivered directly to the Department of Education, Instructional Quality Commission, and the State Board of Education. On October 23, both organizations also met with California Superintendent Tony Thurmond to discuss Sikh representation.

    The fight for Sikh inclusion in the ESMC continues, and there will be another public hearing in November, followed by an additional round of public comment. 

  • 08/18/2020

    Virtual Book Readings Available for Schools

    On August 17, 2020, the Sikh Coalition convened more than 100 community members from across the country for a webinar about “Sharing Sikh Stories: Creating a Kinder World Through Diverse Children’s Literature.” If you were unable to join the webinar, you can click here to watch the full video and share it with others in your sangat.

    During the webinar, three children’s book authors–Raakhee Mirchandani, Supriya Kelkar, and Simran Jeet Singh–joined us to discuss the importance of diverse and inclusive children’s literature and how sharing our new classroom discussion guides with your child’s teacher can be an easy first step in raising Sikh awareness at your child’s school.

    In case you missed it: Raakhee (Super Satya Saves the Day) and Simran Jeet (Fauja Singh Keeps Going) are available to read their books virtually for your child’s classroom! Click here to request a free virtual book reading from Raakhee or Simran Jeet and help raise Sikh awareness at your child’s school.

    The virtual book readings are completely free. The Sikh Coalition will donate both books, plus Supriya’s The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, to every school that participates in these virtual classroom visits.

    While school looks very different than usual for students across the country this year, the Sikh Coalition is committed to equipping parents and teachers with the tools necessary to successfully teach about Sikhism and the Sikh identity in the classroom. The Sikh Coalition’s full library of Back to School resources, including lesson plans, the Educator’s Guide on Sikhism, accommodation letters for articles of faith, and more are still available for any parents who need them. In addition, we have included guidance for Khalsa Schools and helpful tips for parents on the increased risk of cyberbullying in our collection of COVID-19 community resources. Lastly, the Sikh Coalition Kid’s Corner remains available online; these workshops are great programming to supplement your child’s education from home or share with your child’s teacher to encourage broader cultural education.

    For more information about the Back to School Toolkit or to discuss opportunities about how the Sikh Coalition can support you and your sangat in outreach efforts to educators, please contact education@sikhcoalition.org.

  • 03/11/2020

    Sikhism Added to Kansas State Standards

    March 11, 2020 (Topeka, Kansas) — Yesterday, the Kansas State Board of Education voted on a new set of social studies standards for Kansas public schoolchildren that include Sikhism for the first time ever. The standards will start to be implemented in the 2021-2022 academic year.

    With this vote, more than 492,000 children in Kansas’ public schools will now have the opportunity to learn about Sikhism in a constitutionally appropriate manner. These students will join approximately 22,536,783 others in 13 other states, representing roughly 45 percent of the public school student population nationwide. 

    “We are delighted that Sikhism has been included in the Kansas state standards, which means that my children will feel represented and included in their classrooms,” said Ranjit Singh Lamba, a longtime resident of Overland Park, Kansas. “Importantly, other students will now have an opportunity to learn about Sikhs, who have been their neighbors in Kansas for generations.”

    The Sikh Coalition’s education team previously reviewed these draft standards in January; accordingly, Sikhism is now included in the ‘suggested instruction’ for Middle Level Geography and Upper Level World History. We were also happy to assist Hartej Singh and his family in voicing their support for these changes before the Board of Education: Yesterday morning, he joined other citizens from across the state to give a short public comment in favor of the new standards.

    “Families who are willing to advocate for Sikhi’s inclusion in schools are essential to this effort,” said Pritpal Kaur, Sikh Coalition Education Director. “This is a generational effort to raise Sikh awareness by ensuring that teachers and students have access to accurate and appropriate information about our faith, and the Sikh Coalition will continue to encourage additional states to follow Kansas’ lead.”

    In addition to advocating for more states to adopt social studies standards that include Sikhism, the Sikh Coalition remains committed to ensuring that educators have the resources they need–including lesson plans, materials, and more–to teach about Sikhism in an effective and appropriate manner. If you are interested in the content that we have compiled for both educators and Sikh parents, be sure to check out our Back to School Toolkit.

  • 03/06/2020

    Standing Against Bullying on Capitol Hill

    On Wednesday afternoon, Sikh Coalition Legal Client and Community Services Manager Aasees Kaur spoke on a Capitol Hill panel to share her family’s story of heartbreak, resilience, and triumph in the face of anti-Sikh bullying.

    The briefing, hosted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) focused on bias-based bullying of Sikhs and other religious minorities. Additional panelists included Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at ISPU; Dr. Abbas Barzegar, Director of Research and Advocacy at CAIR National; Dr. Rukhsana Moona Chaudhry, Director of Mental Health Programming at American Muslim Health Professionals; and Dr. Nina Daoud, Advisor at the Justice for Muslims Collective. Honorary event host Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also attended and gave remarks.

    Ms. Kaur’s remarks focused on the experience of her brother, Japjee Singh, who was beaten so badly at a public middle school in Dekalb County, Georgia, that he had to be hospitalized; upon his return, the abuse persisted to the point that a bully cut his previously unshorn hair. Ultimately, through free legal action, the Sikh Coalition assisted Ms. Kaur’s family in securing two settlements between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Dekalb County School District and worked to better protect the district’s more than 100,000 students with cultural competency trainings on 9/11 backlash. 

    In addition to sharing her family’s story, Ms. Kaur outlined a number of policy solutions that lawmakers can take to make schools safer. These asks included the push to include Sikhism in state education standards to inform social studies curricula; the need for cultural competency training for students, teachers, and administrators; and a call to pass two critical pieces of federal-level legislation to combat bullying. All three speak to core areas of the Sikh Coalition’s education, legal, and advocacy work.

    Sikh children remain disproportionately bullied in classrooms across the nation. The Sikh Coalition’s 2014 report Go Home, Terrorist concluded that more than 50 percent of Sikh children have endured bullying, with the number rising sharply (67 percent) for turbaned Sikh children. Our legal team continues to accept new bullying cases on a pro bono, case-by-case basis; if your children or a child you know is in need of help, please contact us. In addition, we remain committed to working with organizational partners like ISPU against the bias-based bullying of Sikh children and children of other minority groups. We extend our gratitude to ISPU for organizing and hosting this important event, and look forward to further collaboration moving forward.

  • 03/05/2020

    Sikhi Added to Indiana State Standards

    March 5, 2020 (Indianapolis, IN) – Yesterday, the Indiana Board of Education approved a new set of social studies standards for Indiana’s public schoolchildren that include Sikhism for the first time ever.

    These new standards will ultimately reach more than 1,000,000 students across the state of Indiana, and this victory represents the first state in 2020, and 13th state overall, to include Sikhism in its social studies standards. In total, roughly 45 percent of students nationwide–approximately 22,536,783 pupils in total–now have the opportunity to learn about Sikhism.

    “These new standards are a huge victory for greater Sikh awareness throughout Indiana,” said Chirjeev Kaur Oberoi, a Sikh parent in Carmel, Indiana. “The Sikh Coalition’s work to empower our statewide sangat to effectively advocate for ourselves with the State Board of Education will ultimately create an environment that is safer for Sikh American children and adults alike.”

    The Sikh Coalition has been monitoring the standards in Indiana and providing resources about Sikhism to Indiana organizations and officials since 2016. In January of this year, our education team provided a detailed request to the standards writing committee, highlighting where Sikhism could be reflected in history and geography standards. The new standards reflect all of these recommendations, ensuring Sikhism’s presence in five places: Grade 7 History standard 7.1.2, Geography and History of the World standards GHW.2.1 and GHW.3.5, World Geography standard WG.4.6, and World History and Civilizations standard WH.2.1. Our ask was bolstered by the support of eight gurdwaras across the state, which joined the Sikh Coalition in signing an additional advocacy letter.

    “We are grateful to the members of the Indiana sangat and the gurdwara leadership committees that joined us in this important advocacy effort,” said Pritpal Kaur, Sikh Coalition Education Director. “Our work to encourage more states to include Sikhism in their standards is about accuracy, representation, and safety–after all, we know that more informed communities will better respect and value their Sikh American neighbors.”

    In addition to advocating for many more states to adopt social studies standards that include Sikhism, the Sikh Coalition remains committed to ensuring that educators have the resources they need–including lesson plans, materials, and more–to teach about Sikhism in an accurate and appropriate manner. If you are interested in the content that we have compiled for both educators and Sikh parents, be sure to check out our Back to School Toolkit.

  • 12/16/2019

    NY HS Students Continue to Learn about Sikhism

    December 16, 2019 (Central Valley, NY) – Last week, for the second year in a row, the Sikh Coalition delivered Sikh awareness presentations to more than 600 students at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, NY. 

    After training over 1,200 students in the previous school year, Sikh Coalition staff and trained volunteer presenters conducted 19 presentations on December 12 and 13 in 9th-grade social studies classrooms. As a result, a new class of students learned accurately about the Sikh faith, community, and traditions. 

    “I am so pleased to see this important work to raise Sikh awareness continuing,” said Ishmeet Kaur, the New York sangat member who originally worked with the Sikh Coalition to build a relationship with the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. “Helping others to learn about Sikhi is the best way to keep our children safe in schools, and the resources provided by the Sikh Coalition make it easy.”

    The Monroe-Woodbury trainings are part of the Sikh Coalition’s never-ending work to ensure that Sikhism is taught accurately in classrooms and to raise Sikh awareness nationwide. Click here to learn how Ishmeet advocated for her school district to do more to raise Sikh awareness in their classrooms.

    “We always welcome the engagement of parents and community members in the teaching process–especially when it comes to cultural awareness, which is increasingly important for today’s youth,” said Darrell McElroy, Monroe-Woodbury High School’s Social Studies Chairperson. “We’re grateful that groups like the Sikh Coalition are willing to lend their expertise and help involve the community in these kinds of initiatives.” 

    The Sikh Coalition thanks our trained volunteer presenters for making this work possible, and administrators at the Monroe-Woodbury High School for welcoming us back. We encourage sangat members everywhere to take initiative and engage their local schools and educators. For more information on how you can engage your local community, check out our Back to School Toolkit or email our Community Development team at community@sikhcoalition.org.

  • 11/11/2019

    Sikhi included in Nebraska State Standards

    November 11, 2019 (Lincoln, NE) – Last Friday, the Nebraska State Board of Education voted in new social studies standards, which for the first time ever include Sikhism.

    These new standards will give 318,853 students, this time in Nebraska, the opportunity to learn about the Sikh community. This is another significant milestone in the Sikh Coalition’s multi-year campaign to raise Sikh awareness for generations to come by ensuring access to accurate information about Sikhism for every public school student across the nation.

    “Thanks to these new educational standards, students across our state can learn about Sikhism–which means safer schools for my children in Omaha, and better cultural education for all,” said community member Apandeep Singh. “The Sikh Coalition’s work to not only advocate for the inclusion of Sikhism in state standards, but to also provide teachers with the tools to ensure that it is taught, is essential to increasing Sikh awareness.”

    The update to Nebraska’s social studies standards resulted from months of behind-the-scenes advocacy. In November 2018, we made the initial request for Sikhism to be included in the new standards. However, when Sikhism was omitted from the first draft in April 2019, the Sikh Coalition engaged with the local Sikh community in Nebraska to submit public comments and wrote again to the Nebraska Department of Education. Unfortunately, Sikhism still remained excluded from the second draft of the standards in June, so we kept pushing. Finally, after months of advocacy, Sikhism was included in the third draft in September. To ensure that this update was secured, the Sikh Coalition engaged with all nine members of Nebraska’s State Board of Education to express our appreciation for this important change. The new standards were finally approved last week.

    “It is wonderful that the Nebraska Department of Education listened to the needs of their local Sikh community to be represented and included in their state standards,” added Pritpal Kaur, Sikh Coalition Education Director. “Inclusive and accurate standards like these are becoming the benchmark for all communities.”

    Local adoption and exploration of the new, more inclusive standards will start in the 2021-2022 school year, when local curriculum and instructional materials will be developed. The standards will then be fully implemented by 2023. The Sikh Coalition will continue to work closely with the Nebraska Department of Education during this process.

  • 10/07/2019

    North Dakota Becomes 11th State to Teach Sikhism

    October 3, 2019 (Bismarck, North Dakota) – On Tuesday, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) released new social studies standards, which for the first time ever include Sikhism.

    The new standards will give 109,000 students, this time in North Dakota, the opportunity to now accurately learn about the Sikh community. This is another significant milestone in the Sikh Coalition’s multi-year campaign to ensure that every public school student has the chance to learn about Sikhism accurately, so that Sikh awareness continues to grow among our fellow Americans for generations to come.

    “It is critical for students across the country to learn about their diverse neighbors,” said Satjeet Kaur, Sikh Coalition Executive Director. “Sikhs have been contributing to the American fabric for over 125 years, and these new standards will help ensure North Dakota students can learn this history and be prepared to engage with the Sikh community.”

    The update to North Dakota’s social studies standards resulted from months of behind the scenes advocacy led by the Sikh Coalition. In November 2018, the initial request was made for Sikhism to be included in the new standards. However, Sikhism was still omitted when the new draft was released, and so in May 2019, the Sikh Coalition wrote again to the NDDPI to request its inclusion. Unfortunately, Sikhism still remained excluded from the standards, so the Sikh Coalition continued to directly push for the inclusion of Sikhism with the Social Studies Standards Development Committee through June 2019. Finally, after months of advocacy, Sikhism was included just before the standards were approved.

    “We are delighted that North Dakota has made their standards more inclusive,” said Pritpal Kaur, Sikh Coalition Education Director. “It is critical that Sikhism should be represented accurately in the K-12 education system and taught alongside other world religions.”

    The new, more inclusive standards will start to be implemented immediately during the 2019-2020 school year and the Sikh Coalition will continue to work closely with the NDDPI as they engage in professional development and resource creation around the new standards.

  • 08/31/2018

    Project Update

    Another Education Win, This Time in Colorado

    On May 10th, the Colorado State Board of Education voted to approve new social studies standards, which for the first time ever include Sikhism.

    The new standards are out now and will be fully implemented by the 2020-2021 school year after a period of teacher training. The result is that over 270,000 high school students in Colorado will now accurately learn about the Sikh community. This is another significant milestone in the Sikh Coalition’s never-ending effort to create Sikh awareness in our nation’s classrooms for generations to come. 

    The inclusion of Sikhism in Colorado’s social studies standards resulted from nearly two years of engagement by local community leaders and proactive advocacy from the Sikh Coalition. Sikhs in Colorado formally requested the inclusion of Sikhism in the standards beginning in October 2016. The Sikh Coalition then followed up with another formal request in September 2017 and continued to communicate with the Department of Education and the Colorado sangat throughout the drafting process.  

    The Sikh Coalition is grateful to the many passionate Sikh community members and allies for their grassroots leadership. We are also thankful to the Colorado Department of Education for its responsiveness and commitment to diversity. 

    Colorado now joins a growing list of states – including New York, New Jersey, Texas, California, Tennessee and Idaho – that have worked with the Sikh Coalition to include accurate information about Sikhs in their public school standards. We look forward to adding to this list in the months and years ahead. To support the Sikh Coalition's education initiatives, donate here.

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Harkirat Dhillon $251.00 August 2021
Anonymous $100.00 August 2021
ravi inder jeet singh $100.00 August 2021
Anonymous $250.00 August 2021
Gurmeet Singh $250.00 August 2021
Devinder Singh $100.00 August 2021
Anonymous $50.00 August 2021
Jasleen Kaur $50.00 August 2021
Anonymous $50.00 August 2021
Anonymous $50.00 August 2021
Anonymous $20.00 August 2021
Siridatar Khalsa $20.00 August 2021
Anonymous $500.00 August 2021
Harvinder Singh $500.00 August 2021
Anonymous $100.00 August 2021
Gurinder Singh $100.00 August 2021
Anonymous $200.00 August 2021
Anonymous $200.00 August 2021
Anonymous $10.00 August 2021
jasvinder singh $10.00 August 2021
Anonymous $50.00 August 2021
GURJANT KHOSA $50.00 August 2021
Anonymous $1,001.00 August 2021
Anonymous $1,001.00 August 2021
D. S. $20.00 August 2021
Anonymous $15.00 August 2021
Mandeep Singh $15.00 August 2021
B. S. $91.66 August 2021
T. K. $21.00 July 2021
D. S. $20.00 July 2021
B. S. $91.66 July 2021
Administrator Dasvandh Network $250.00 June 2021
T. K. $21.00 June 2021
D. S. $20.00 June 2021
T. K. $21.00 May 2021
D. S. $20.00 May 2021
T. K. $21.00 April 2021
D. S. $20.00 April 2021
T. K. $21.00 March 2021
D. S. $20.00 March 2021
T. K. $21.00 February 2021
D. S. $20.00 February 2021
T. K. $21.00 January 2021
D. S. $20.00 January 2021
Inderpal Singh $3,000.00 December 2020
T. K. $21.00 December 2020
D. S. $20.00 December 2020
Tardip Singh $51.00 November 2020
Tarvjit Kaur $21.00 November 2020
Anonymous $21.00 November 2020
Manpreet Dhalla $250.00 November 2020
G. K. $51.00 November 2020
Anonymous $100.00 November 2020
Jagdeep SINGH $100.00 November 2020
Anonymous $250.00 November 2020
M. S. $250.00 November 2020
Anonymous $100.00 November 2020
harjit singh $100.00 November 2020
Anonymous $250.00 November 2020
Inder Preet Singh $250.00 November 2020
Anonymous $100.00 November 2020
Chitratan Singh Sethi $100.00 November 2020
Gurdarshan Dhaliwal $50.00 November 2020
D. S. $20.00 November 2020
D. S. $20.00 October 2020
D. S. $20.00 September 2020
D. S. $20.00 August 2020
Administrator Dasvandh Network $500.00 August 2020
D. S. $20.00 July 2020
D. S. $20.00 June 2020
D. S. $20.00 May 2020
D. S. $20.00 April 2020
D. S. $20.00 March 2020
D. S. $20.00 February 2020
D. S. $20.00 January 2020
D. S. $20.00 December 2019
Gurdarshan Dhaliwal $50.00 December 2019
M. S. $20.00 December 2019
Inder Preet Singh $1,000.00 November 2019
D. S. $20.00 November 2019
Anonymous $100.00 November 2019
harjit singh $100.00 November 2019
M. S. $20.00 November 2019
D. S. $10.00 October 2019
M. S. $20.00 October 2019
D. S. $10.00 September 2019
M. S. $20.00 September 2019
D. S. $10.00 August 2019
M. S. $20.00 August 2019
D. S. $10.00 July 2019
M. S. $20.00 July 2019
D. S. $10.00 June 2019
M. S. $20.00 June 2019
D. S. $10.00 May 2019
M. S. $20.00 May 2019
D. S. $10.00 April 2019
M. S. $20.00 April 2019
D. S. $10.00 March 2019
M. S. $20.00 March 2019
D. S. $10.00 February 2019
M. S. $20.00 February 2019
D. S. $10.00 January 2019
Manpreet Singh $20.00 January 2019
Anonymous $50.00 December 2018
D. S. $10.00 December 2018
D. S. $10.00 November 2018
Mandeep Gill $100.00 November 2018
Anonymous $100.00 November 2018
Anonymous $100.00 November 2018
N. K. $100.00 November 2018
Anonymous $10.00 November 2018
Anonymous $10.00 November 2018
D. S. $10.00 October 2018
D. S. $10.00 September 2018
D. S. $10.00 August 2018
D. S. $10.00 July 2018
D. S. $10.00 June 2018
D. S. $10.00 May 2018
D. S. $10.00 April 2018
D. S. $10.00 March 2018
D. S. $10.00 February 2018
D. S. $10.00 January 2018
D. S. $10.00 December 2017
G. S. $100.00 December 2017
D. S. $10.00 November 2017
I. S. $1,000.00 November 2017
H. S. $100.00 November 2017
D. M. $250.00 November 2017
M. S. $250.00 November 2017
D. S. $10.00 October 2017
D. S. $10.00 September 2017
D. S. $10.00 August 2017
D. S. $10.00 July 2017
D. S. $10.00 June 2017
D. S. $10.00 May 2017
D. S. $10.00 April 2017
D. S. $10.00 March 2017
A. B. $190.00 March 2017
D. S. $10.00 February 2017
D. S. $10.00 January 2017
I. S. $1,000.00 January 2017
D. S. $10.00 December 2016
D. M. $100.00 November 2016
Y. S. $100.00 November 2016
D. S. $10.00 November 2016
I. G. $10.00 November 2016
D. M. $1,160.00 November 2016
P. S. $500.00 November 2016
S. K. $10.00 November 2016
H. S. $100.00 November 2016
M. S. $500.00 November 2016
A. S. $50.00 November 2016