We are excited to support Lisa Portadin with a Betty Allen-MASCD Anti-Racist Mini-Grant. Lisa is a literacy coach in the Boston Public Schools, and the grant supported her work with educator Liz MacDonald to design a course for grade 4-5 students using a critical pedagogy for social justice lens. The students will engage in project-based learning to critique instances of educational, social, and racial injustice, investigate an issue that impacts Black and Brown communities, and articulate their own antiracist socially-just solutions. Lisa’s and Liz’s curriculum makes clear that antiracist learning supports the development of traditional academic skills. Students will gain essential core academic knowledge and skills in ELA and social studies, and practice critical organizational and metacognitive skills, while developing their own voices about how to address racial injustices. We can’t wait to hear from Lisa at the end of the school year about the students’ experiences!