LHWHS senior Lauryn Donovan was recently featured in Education Week as part of a series called “How to Get Black History Right.”
Last year, Lauryn spoke at a Board of Education meeting about the need for the Ladue Schools curriculum to better reflect the stories of Black excellence and diversity.
Following the Board meeting, Dr. Amy Zielinski, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, and Laila Crabtree, ELA/SS Coordinator, met with Lauryn to hear her story and perspective.
As a result of that discussion, Lauryn was invited to speak to more than 200 educators to share her story at the district’s Summer Professional Development where Dr. LaGarrett King, facilitator of Reframing Black History, was also invited to speak.
Lauryn and three other LHWHS students were invited to co-create lessons for the district’s Black History in-a-box resource for its elementary curriculum.
They worked alongside teachers to ensure stories of Black excellence were part of all grade levels.
While the district has made significant strides to reflect Black excellence and diversity in our curriculum, hiring practices, and throughout our culture, we still have work to do in these areas.
We are extremely proud of Lauryn Donovan for her work here at Ladue Schools and for writing this article for Education Week.