The Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) hosted a professional development seminar promoting “lesson planning as a political act” and aiming to “chip away at the systems of oppression in education” this summer for its Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.
The seminar entitled “C6 Biliteracy Instructional Framework: Lesson Planning Via a Critical Consciousness Lens,” developed by Dr. Jose Medina Educational Solutions, adopts many of the ideological ideas about which parents have voiced concerns in FWISD and around the country in recent months.
In a podcast in 2020, Medina explained the framework for the training. When asked to elucidate his viewpoint that “lesson planning is a political act,” Medina said it must be acknowledged that “U.S. schools were conceptualized to promote white, middle income viewpoints.” He continued by saying that educators must ask themselves how they have “been maintaining and supporting oppression in education.”