XITO consultants will provide a pedagogical and curricular framework for effective, systematic school and/or district-wide Ethnic Studies implementation. Specifically, in collaboration with administrators and teachers, XITO will provide expert assistance in the development of Ethnic Studies course descriptions, course syllabi, and collaborate with teachers to ensure that they are working effectively towards an Ethnic Studies pedagogy and curriculum implementation.
XITO consultants will develop academically rigorous Common CORE, Ethnic Studies aligned, and state aligned curriculum units that are culturally, socially, and historically responsive in the areas of English/language arts and History/social studies. These units will be developed specific to K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 levels. For teachers in California’s 9-12 levels, the units will satisfy the University of California’s “A” (History/social science), “B” (English/language arts), and “G” (College preparatory-elective) requirements.
Additionally, a Curricular Scope and Sequence framework for English/language arts, History/social science or any other Ethnic Studies course can be developed. This Curricular Scope and Sequence provides the teacher with a curricular guide wherein teachers can implement the individual curriculum units within the larger curricular framework.
TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS
XITO consultants will provide teacher training in research-based best practices in culturally, socially, and historically responsive/sustainable/empowering pedagogical approaches that are highly effective with historically excluded and underserved student populations. This training is for teachers at the K-5, 6-8, 9-12 levels in the areas of English/language arts and History/social science.
Teacher training workshops include 1) overarching pedagogical frameworks that can be implemented in the classroom; 3) pedagogy implementations that work with specific curriculum units; and 3) pedagogy implementations that are specific to particular lessons.
RACIAL JUSTICE & INCLUSION TRAINING
XITO offers racial justice and inclusion trainings to institutions of higher education to support academic programs, students services and the student body. Trainings include workshops on critical issues of race, including the historic omission of students of color in higher education; countering the "deficit model" of teaching; interrogating academic fields of study and their historical roots; improving campus climates that often include racial micro and macroaggressions; and curricular offerings proven to increase the recruitment, retention and mental health of minoritized students. XITO has used its decolonial framework to guide faculty through a process of critically analyzing their teaching and curriculum, developing departmental goals and initating action plan for decolonzing academic programs.