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.