“A group of Boston Public Schools teachers is aiming to build a new ethnic studies curriculum for schools across the district to expose Boston kids in the majority-minority district to the diverse histories and cultures of their families.
” ‘The mission is to have a curriculum that meets student needs and is reflective of our students’ backgrounds,’ said Natalia Cuadra-Saez, a history teacher at Snowden International School who this summer travelled to Savannah, Ga., for a workshop focused on the Gullah descendants of slaves. ‘It is something students can relate to more. It is more relevant to them. When they see themselves in the curriculum, students do better overall. They want to know these stories.’