Upcoming Event Schedule

September 5, 2023
6:30-8:30 pm

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FSD Collective

collective meeting

Join us to hear what’s going on in Fullerton schools related to equity-oriented elementary education and policy, learn about upcoming events and opportunities, and see how you can get involved. Specifically, tonight we will prepare for the school board’s September board meeting when they will revisit district procedural framework for making decisions about individual schools’ presentation and availability of sensitive/controversial content.


September 12, 2023
6 pm

FSD Administration ELC Room
1401 W. Valencia Drive, Fullerton, CA 92833

Fullerton School District

FSD Board Meeting

Regular monthly meeting of the Fullerton School District board.

Watch the livestream here.
Vea la transmisión en vivo con traducción al español aquí.

여기에서 한국어 번역이 포함된 실시간 스트리밍 시청

September 23, 2023
10 am – 1 pm

Fullerton Community Center 340 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832 US

Action Network

empower education stakeholder workshop

 Learn about effective steps to defend student rights, increase public engagement, and create safe and equitable schools.

Unite with others in this workshop that aims to educate and train community members so that they can return to their parent/educator groups to organize and advocate to combat book selection process stoppages, denounce book bans, promote the implementation of Ethnic Studies curriculum, and other advocacy work using Indivisible tactics.

Invite a friend for snacks and fun learning!


What’s Happening in FSD?

removal of nazi symbols from school’s ‘sound of music’ performance


May 24, 2023




Some parents are outraged that props, script, stage directions, and entire scenes of the Academy Award-winning play have been removed from Rolling Hills Elementary School’s performance because of the Nazi storyline, concerned that the edits are an example of hiding history.

“If this is how we as a community are going to deal with content that we are uncomfortable with, what’s next?”
–Lisa Lobito, Rolling Hills Elementary parent

fsd removes nazi symbols from 6th grade play

Voice of OC

May 22, 2023




FSD Superintendent Pletka’s unilateral decision has raised community concerns about the district’s lack of transparency and communication.

“[The FSD Board has] agreed to work on a policy or procedural framework for considering and making decisions about similar topics and situations in the future.”
–Ruthi Hanchett, FSD Board member

The Push… and Pushback of a High School Ethnic Studies Course

Fullerton Observer

May 23, 2021




FJUHSD’s Board of Trustees discussed Ethnic Studies at their May 11 meeting. Those pushing for this class are concerned with FJUHSD’s commitment to valuing its students’ heritages and histories. Skeptics claim it removes intrinsic human value.

“[FJUHSD] World History courses only cover Europe, India, Japan, and China, when they really should–in reality–be including Asia, Africa, and Spanish-speaking countries. I think it’s important to make a change somewhere…”
–Jenna Beining, FJUHSD student and board member

Will Fullerton High School District Require Ethnic Studies?

Voice of OC

May 12, 2021




The debate on whether students should learn the history, the culture and the contributions of people of color in the United States and the world — through ethnic studies classes — continues in school districts throughout Orange County.

Elected school board leaders at Fullerton Joint Union High School District grapple with options.

“It’s not hate to say that people were kidnapped and enslaved. It’s not hate to say people belonging to indigenous communities were murdered and colonized. It’s the truth and that truth needs to be heard.”
–George Rico, FJUHSD alumnus


FSD Collective

February 17, 2021




In honor of Black History Month, the FSD Collective hosted two Woodcrest Elementary School teachers, Susie Wren & Leanna Pionke, who shared examples of their approach to teaching about social justice – and Black history – in grades K-6.

In this interactive workshop, parents & teachers talked about what “social justice” means to them, developmentally appropriate strategies for promoting equity and fostering critical thinking, and how to support our schools in preparing all FSD students to value their own identities, celebrate the diversity of our community, and work together to promote justice for all.

Watch the video of the session here.

See the slides used in the presentation here.

View the resource list used for the presentation (including specific resources on the Teaching Tolerance website, teaching resources, children’s literature, social media, and other resources) here.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela


School Board Meeting

December 15, 2020






FSD Superintendent Pletka presented to the Board the steering committee’s recommendations for district action in response to the FSD Listening Tour conducted in Fall 2020, regarding racial equity and social justice as experienced by FSD students and families.

Read the reflections of one member of the Collective here

Watch the meeting here.

“One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.’ The claim of ‘not racist’ neutrality is a mask for racism.”
― Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist 


District Resolution

June 25, 2020





On June 25, 2020, the Fullerton School Board adopted a district-wide resolution in response to the death of George Floyd.

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”
–Will Durant

“Little Voices, Big Words” 

Student-Led Art Display

June 2020






In June 2020, an FSD elementary student organized a student art display to proclaim that Black lives matter to FSD kids.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
–Anne Frank, age 13


Article in Voice of OC

June 25, 2020





After hours of discussion, the FSD Board again defers voting on a Black lives matter resolution.

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
–Sydney J. Harris


Article in Voice of OC

June 18, 2020





FSD Board of Trustees meets to consider a resolution declaring Black lives matter which also encourages district-wide participation in the “Black Lives Matter at School Week.”

Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn.
–Greek Proverb


CA Dept. of Education State Requirements

July 12, 2018





Guidelines approved by the CA Dept. of Education for drafting ethnic studies curriculum.

In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.
–Angela Davis

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King Jr.