Geocultural Baseline Essay Project
In Portland Public Schools, a Baseline Essay is a reference document written by one select author/scholar in a specific subject-matter area (e.g. art, language arts, mathematics, music, science, social sciences and in some instances physical education/health). Each Essay is reviewed by scholars from different disciplines, specialists from the Portland District and a planning/advisory committee with significant representation from the geocultural group that is being represented in the essay.
A Baseline Essay was planned to have the following characteristics:
- Information should be truthful, informative for all, and uplifting for the subject cultural group.
- Content should include a brief survey of the history, culture(s) and contributions of a geocultural group.
- Voices and perspective(s) of the people whose antecedents originally come from the continent (or tied to the continent by culture or heritage) should be reflected in the document.
- References should support information presented in the Baseline Essay, though
it is important to remember an essay is not a research paper or book.