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Ethnic Studies Committee

California Assembly Bill 101 mandates that all high schools offer an Ethnic Studies course by the 2025-26 school year. The Manhattan Beach Unified School District School Board approved the Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion (EDSJI) Action Plan on April 20, 2022, which included a commitment to offering this course by 2024-25.

Beginning with the 2029-30 school year, students shall complete a course in Ethnic Studies to meet high school graduation requirements (BP 6146.1)

MBUSD has established an Ethnic Studies Committee to review and follow the Los Angeles County Office of Education Toolkit in the creation and adoption of this program. We accepted applications from staff, parents, and students to select Ethnic Studies Committee members.

The Ethnic Studies materials review process is underway. Please read the below letter to parents/guardians for more information.

Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

Janet Allen

School Psychologist

Andrew Caine

Ethnic Studies TOSA/History Teacher

Taylor DiBernardo

Literacy TOSA

Daniel Cashman

SPED Teacher

Sina Evans


Jen Fenton

Board Member

Adam Geczi

History Teacher

Cathey Graves

Board President

Maddie Hutchinson

English Teacher

Madeline Kaplan


Denise Kwok 


Sally Peel


Raeann Marti

Vice Principal of Mira Costa High School

Diane Kridner-Protzmann

Alternative Education/Independent Study Teacher

Diana Skaar


Rachel Thomas

English Teacher

Anthony Wills



The committee is currently considering specific curricular options, which is the fourth step of the course development process.

Establish a Committee | Develop the District Lens | Investigate Course options |Consider Specific Curriculum Options | Make Decisions | Prepare for Implementation 

Board Update - February 7, 2024
Recommendations for Ethnic Studies Implementation Presentation
Mira Costa New Course Proposals to Meet CA Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement
Board Update - May 17, 2023
Ethnic Studies Update
Board Update - March 29, 2023
Ethnic Studies Update
Board Update - November 29, 2022
Ethnic Studies Update 

Committee member Application Window- November 30 - December 16, 2022. 
  • Ethnic Studies Meeting #6/ May 10, 2023
    -Continue to Investigate Course Options
  • Ethnic Studies Meeting #5/ May 4, 2023
    -Continue to Investigate Course Options
  • Ethnic Studies Meeting #4 / April 20, 2023
      -Continue to Investigate Course Options
  • Ethnic Studies Meeting #3 | March 6, 2023 
    -Investigate Course Options - Reviewed Ethnic Studies model curriculum and samples of Ethnic Studies courses offered in other districts.
  • Ethnic Studies Meeting #2 | February 2, 2023
    -District Lens- reviewed district data and welcomed student committee members 
  • Ethnic Studies Meeting #1 | January 18, 2023
    -Course Development Process Overview, Study Group Sessions to review key documents