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Integrated Schools is growing a grassroots movement of, by and for parents who are intentionally, joyfully and humbly enrolling their children in integrating schools.
America’s schools are arguably more segregated than before the Civil Rights Movement… Because school segregation is as much a story of failed public policy as it is of white &/or privileged families thwarting it, we believe that a cultural shift toward not only valuing but prioritizing integration is long overdue. We call in white &/or privileged families to consider the how the choices we make for our kids’ schools’ affects all kids in our communities.
Integrated Schools (est. 2015) supports meaningfully integrated classrooms that reflect the diversity of their districts. We champion school communities that respect ALL families and are galvanized around supporting ALL children. Through national organizing to promote local action, we support, educate, develop and mobilize families to “live their values,” disrupt segregation, and leverage their choices for the well-being and futures for their own children, for all children, and for our democracy.
Raising consciousness of the problem of segregation and the promise of integration, we also make direct connections between the structural factors at work and the ways in which our individual choices work to support or challenge them.
Desegregation is about stepping in… enrolling our kids in an integrating school, where they may be the only or one-of-a-few white &/or privileged students. We aren’t solving segregation, but desegregating our children is the first step.
Meaningful integration is about stepping up. It demands respecting the needs and dreams of ALL students, families, & staff in a school. Integration is built on good intentions AND the understanding that impact matters more than intent.
With literal ‘skin in the game,’ parents committed to meaningful integration are well-positioned to fight for equity. Integrated Schools is creating a grassroots constituency for social shifts and courageous policy.
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A message from the Chair of our Advisory Board
We are moving forward! January was a tough month for us all as we grappled with the grief of losing Courtney so abruptly. Her memorial in LA at mid-month was filled with laughter and tears, heartfelt stories from family and friends and a few sips of he …
Hellos and Goodbyes
This weekend, we celebrated the life and work of our beloved founder, Courtney Everts Mykytyn. Members of the Integrated Schools parent board, advisory board, and chapter leaders convened in Los Angeles, Courtney’s hometown, to grieve and mourn together. After a private service for family and friends, Saturday evening was a specific time set aside for the beautiful community she created to gather to celebrate her life’s work and the growing movement of Integrated Schools.
Tragedy Strikes the Integrated Schools Family
Though many of you may have already heard, it is with the saddest possible hearts that we share the devastating news that our beloved Executive Director and Founder, Courtney Everts Mykytyn, passed away on Monday afternoon. She was struck by a car in front of her house and was killed instantly. We can never replace Courtney, but we can ensure her legacy continues to grow through Integrated Schools. She wanted this thing to stand on its own two feet, and we can assure you it will. There is a dedicated group of us, her “all-volunteer army” as she called it, who is as committed as ever to continuing and growing this movement. We want to assure you that the team she built of dedicated integration warriors is here, grieving, but determined to make her proud.
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