JEDI Crew

JEDI Crew is where students learn about the philosophy of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Here, students learn about the importance of working together as a crew to achieve justice.

These crew lessons happen in class once a week and are followed up by a segment in community crew. There is a scope and sequence that exists per grade level bands of K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. These lessons are connected to the revised Illinois Social Studies Standards as well as the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards. This is learning that is in addition to social justice and social studies learning that students have in their modules.

Every year we identify a crew text that uses themes in social justice to bring our families together. The book for the 21-22 school year is The Circles All Around Us by Brad Montague.

Below is the breakdown of month by month themes and topics for grades K-2.

MonthThemes With Topics and Essential Question(s)
AugustThe Meaning of JEDI- Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Essential Question: What does JEDI mean?
SeptemberFreedom- Mexican Independence Day, Independence Days of Central American Countries and Hispanic Heritage Month
Essential Question: What does freedom mean?
OctoberAncestors- Hispanic Heritage Month, Indigenous People’s Day, Global Dignity Day, El Dia de La Muerte
Essential Questions: How do we honor our ancestors? How do we honor each other?
NovemberTraditions- Diwali, Veteran’s Day, Universal Children’s Day, Honoring Indigenous Communities and Their Contributions
Essential Questions: What are the traditions that we have in our homes and families? What sacrifices have people made for our safety and the comfort to honor our traditions?
December Solidarity- Human Rights Movements: Black Lives Matter, Pride, Columbia, Palestine, and Indian Farmers, International Human Solidarity Day (How can human rights movements show solidarity towards each other) , How people honor holidays around the world( as we approach winter break)
Essential Questions: What does solidarity mean? How do we come together in solidarity to elevate our voices for human rights?
JanuaryChangemakers- Mixing It Up In Our Crew, Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and other changemakers, International Education Day
Essential Questions: How do we bring more people into our circle that we haven’t brought before? What does it mean to be a changemaker? How do changemakers take action in their communities to strive for a better world?
FebruaryBlack History: Black History is American History, Historically Black Colleges, Ways that Black Leaders Have Shaped America
Essential Question: How is Black History American History?
MarchWomen’s History- International Women’s Day, Women Suffragists, Women in Science, Women Uplifting America
Essential Question: How is Women’s History American History?
AprilTaking Action- Understanding Autism, Taking Action to Save the Earth and The Trees, Better World Day, (There will also be a lesson on Easter and Passover- similarities and differences)
Essential Questions: How can we take action to support people in our community and the environment around us in order to have a better world? How do we make sure we take care of all people in our circle and the land that we inhabit in our circle?
MayBetter World for The Pieces of Us- Asian American Heritage Month, Ramadan, Mother’s Day, Pride (Why is it important to be proud of who you are?), Juneteenth
Essential Questions: What are the Pieces of Me and how can I be proud of them?

Below is the breakdown of month by month themes and topics for grades 3-5.

MonthThemes with Topics and Essential Question(s)
AugustThe Meaning of JEDI- Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Essential Question: What does JEDI mean? How do we support our younger peers with understanding JEDI?
SeptemberFreedom- Mexican Independence Day, Independence Days of Central American Countries and Hispanic Heritage Month
Essential Question: What does freedom mean? How do different people value freedom?
OctoberAncestors- Hispanic Heritage Month, Indigenous People’s Day, Global Dignity Day, El Dia de La Muerte
Essential Questions: How do we honor our ancestors? How do we honor each other?
NovemberKeeping Traditions Within Migration- Diwali, Veteran’s Day, Honoring Indigenous Communities and Their Contributions, International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People
Essential Questions: What are the traditions that we have in our homes and families? What sacrifices have people made for our safety and the comfort to honor our traditions? What traditions have our families brought to America from our places of origin? What are the important traditions of people native to our country?
December Solidarity- Human Rights Movements: Black Lives Matter, Pride, Columbia, Palestine, and Indian Farmers, International Human Solidarity Day (How can human rights movements show solidarity towards each other) , How people honor holidays around the world-( as we approach winter break)
Essential Questions: What does solidarity mean? How do we come together in solidarity to elevate our voices for human rights?
JanuaryChangemakers- Mixing It Up In Our Crew, Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and other changemakers, International Education Day
Essential Questions: How do we bring more people into our circle that we haven’t brought before? What does it mean to be a changemaker? How do changemakers take action in their communities to strive for a better world?
FebruaryBlack History: Black History is American History, Historically Black Colleges, Ways that Black Leaders Have Shaped America
Essential Question: How is Black History American History?
MarchWomen’s History- International Women’s Day, Women Suffragists, Women in Science, Women Uplifting America
Essential Question: How is Women’s History American History?
AprilTaking Action- Understanding Autism, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Taking Action to Save the Earth and The Trees, Better World Day, (There will also be a lesson on Easter and Passover- similarities and differences)
Essential Questions: How can we take action to support people in our community and the environment around us in order to have a better world? How do we make sure we take care of all people in our circle and the land that we inhabit in our circle?
MayBetter World for The Pieces of Us- Asian American Heritage Month, Ramadan, Mother’s Day, Pride (Why is it important to be proud of who you are?), Juneteenth
Essential Questions: What are the Pieces of Me and how can I be proud of them?

6th Grade

Topics, Themes and Essential Questions this year will be similar to 3-5, with more in-depth texts and discussions until 6-8 is fully revised by the JEDI crew staff committee for the 22-23 school year.

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