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Geocultural Baseline Essay Project

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The Concept of Baseline Essays

The concept of the Baseline Essays was introduced by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III consultant to the District's desegregation plan, in 1982. The term when used by Portland Public Schools means a series of essays that gives information about the history, culture and contributions of a specific geocultural group in the areas of art, language arts, mathematics, science, social science and music. The purpose of the essays is to provide the reader with a holistic and thematic history of the culture and contributions of a specific geocultural group from ancient times to the present. This will enable the reader to get a better understanding of the group's world view--axiology (values) and epistemology (ways of knowing).

Writing essays that address traditional areas of study provides a framework that allows teachers to move the information from the basic discipline to the specific subjects the teacher will present to students. Baseline Essays are to be read by all District staff-administrators, counselors, support staff, teachers, etc. This will enable them to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the history, culture and contributions of the geocultural group and further, to utilize the information to provide better service to all students.

While the District has made a commitment to Baseline Essays for each of the geocultural groups, the length of the essays has not been defined. Ideally, essays should not exceed 50 pages; however, the individual essays can be significantly shorter in length. References and bibliographies will enable those who need more information to do follow-up reading and research.

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